Wild River Books Announces the Release of a Timely, Deeply Moving and Entertaining Memoir of Friendship and Travel through one of the World’s Most Fascinating Countries
July 1, 2012
For Immediate Release – July 1, 2012
Media Contact: Amy Constantine
Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints
When Angie Brenner and Joy Stocke meet on a balcony of a guesthouse in a small resort town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, little do they know that their lives are about to change. Soon, they discover a shared love of travel, history, culture, cuisine, and literature, and begin a ten-year-odyssey through one of the world’s most fascinating and misunderstood countries.
From vibrant, cosmopolitan Istanbul to the heart of Mesopotamia, Brenner, single and a former travel bookstore owner; and Stocke, wife, mother and writer, take their readers on an unforgettable journey of discovery, dispelling the myth that adventure travel is only for the young. Using intuition, experience, and a bit of serendipity, Stocke and Brenner find excitement, friendship, love, and answers to questions about the roots of religions and politics in the most unlikely of places.
Anatolian Days and Nights is an intimate, clear-eyed view of a fascinating country. Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner have captured the contradictions of modern day Turkey, while exposing the complex web of history at the heart of our human story. This book will make you want to grab your bags and hop the next flight to Istanbul.
— Alan Drew, author of Gardens of Water
In their touching, often humorous memoir, Anatolian Days & Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner write vividly about their journeys through one of the world’s most vibrant countries. The landscape and people slip beneath your skin until you are no longer sure whether you’ve become a part of Turkey or whether Turkey has become a part of you. As a frequent visitor to Turkey, I applaud Stocke and Brenner for skillfully weaving a tale that leaves me yearning to return.
— Harriet Mayor Fulbright, President of Harriet Fulbright College, and Widow of Senator J. William Fulbright, Founder of the Fulbright Scholarship Program
Authors are available for book signings, lectures, and book club groups (in person and via SKYPE) to discuss a variety of subjects:
– The Anatolian Days and Nights Journey: An intimate portrait of a country as experienced by women who travel “where angels fear to tread.”
– How women travel differently than men: The rewards of traveling with women friends.
– Traveling in a Muslim country after 911. The unexpected warmth of Anatolian culture.
– Turkish Highlights: Rituals of the Turkish Bath 21st Century-style, Romance on the Bosporus, A Link to 15th Century Spain in the Grand Bazaar, Children with Ancient Bones new the World’s First Church, A Kurdish poet on the shores of Lake Van.
– Ethnic Turkey: The cultures of the Ottomans – Greek, Armenian, Jewish, Kurdish.
– Search for the Mother Goddess: Religion’s earliest roots and how those stories resonate today.
– Turkish Cuisine: Into Turkish kitchens. Recipes that make Turkey one of the world’s top three cuisines.
– The Whirling Dervishes: And their roots of Sufism and the vision of mystic poet, Rumi.
For more information and booking arrangements, contact: Amy Constantine, 856-786-2243
Wild River Books: P.O. Box 53, Stockton, NJ 08559
Authors’ Website: www.anatoliandaysandnights.com
Angie Brenner: firstname.lastname@example.org Joy Stocke: email@example.com
Founder and Principal Joy E. Stocke has been professionally writing and editing fiction, nonfiction and poetry for more than twenty years. She has shepherded hundreds of writers from concept to first and subsequent drafts into print. Stocke embraced digital media early on and has worked in all aspects of publishing in print and on the web. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BS in Journalism and a Minor in French, Stocke was influenced by Journalism Professor, Wilmott Ragsdale who taught the legendary class, Literary Aspects of Journalism, and who believed that great journalism means great storytelling, that often well-written fiction comes closer to the truth than “journalism”, and who additionally encouraged his students to read poetry because “poets care the most about language.”
Stocke went on to contribute essays, Op-Eds, and articles to newspapers including The Pennsylvania Law Journal, The Philadelphia Bulletin, Philadelphia City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times; and short fiction to numerous literary journals.
She has published a novel, Ugly Cookies (Pella, 2000), and a bi-lingual book of narrative poems (English/Greek), Cave of the Bear (Pella 1999), based on her travels in Crete. Her travel memoir, Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses & Saints co-written with Angie Brenner, was published in March 2012 by Wild River Books. Her cookbook, based on her travels, and co-written with Angie Brenner, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking, will be published in March 2017 by Quarto Books/Burgess Lea Press.
In 1989, Stocke co-founded the Meridian Writer’s Collective. In conjunction with the Philadelphia Free Library, the University of the Arts, the Painted Bride Arts Center, and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Stocke and her colleagues launched a reading series of short fiction that continued for ten years, expanding into poetry, essays and performing arts. During those years, Stocke nurtured many new writers who went on to win awards and publishing contracts. She and her colleagues also edited and published a limited chapbook Series, and in 2000 edited and published Meridian Bound (Pella) an anthology of 50 writers, poets and artists.
In 2003, Stocke became editor in chief of the literary magazine, Bucks County Writer, interviewing and publishing the work of Paul Muldoon, Jane Hirshfield, Donald Hall, Orhan Pamuk among others. In 2006, Stocke and a group of colleagues launched the international online magazine, Wild River Review. Many of Stocke’s clients have appeared within its pages.
– Editorial Experience: Shepherd book-length manuscripts from concept to print. Coaching writers as they develop their projects through one-on-one mentoring and editing. Helping writers create and maintain a narrative arc in their work.
– Coaching in all aspects of publishing — print and web-based.