New Video—A Turkish Reading of Anahita’s Woven Riddle

In this video my friend Busra is reading from the Turkish edition of Anahita’s Woven Riddle, Sicak Bir Ask Masali. She begins with the Sufi poem and continues to read the epigraph “More than one hundred years ago…”

Busra lives in a village in central Turkey where there are many farmers, carpet weavers and repairers, and lace makers. I had the opportunity to visit her high school and read to her classmates in English. Several students in the room hoped to become writers and illustrators. They were eager to know what American students thought about Turkey and how my novel, which was about a rug making culture in Iran similar to their own, might have influenced people around the world.