Alev Lytle Croutier is the most widely published woman novelist of Turkish origin. Her work has been translated into twenty-one languages.
Alev was born in Izmir, Turkey. She came to the US when she was eighteen to attend College (Oberlin), became a filmmaker, and lived in Japan and Europe, then returned to New York working for PBS. Later, she made theatrical films and wrote screenplays, like The Awakening, adapted from Kate Chopin's novel, and "Tell Me a Riddle" based on Tillie Olsen's novella for which she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (the first ever for a screenplay.)
Frustrated with the film industry, she entered a career in publishing, founded the Mercury House publishing company and worked as its executive editor for several years. Her articles have appeared in both literary and mainstream magazines (Art & Antiques, Harper's, London Telegraph, Gourmet, SF Magazine, Focus, Zyzzyva, etc.), as well as anthologies ("Roots and Branches", "Istanbul", "I Should Have Stayed Home, "Water Voices." She was one of the two women invited to contribute to "A Window Over the Mediterranean" at the G8 Summit in Genoa in 2001--among writers such as Amos Oz, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Amin Malouf.
She is the author of the non-fiction international bestseller, Harem: The World Behind the Veil, Taking the Waters, and the novels The Palace of Tears and Seven Houses. In all her work, she combines the Eastern tradition of storytelling with her Western literary education, searching the point where East meets the West. All her books are about strangers in strange lands, separation, and reunion--even Leyla: The Black Tulip, a novel for young readers (10-12 yrs) for the American Girl series.
Croutier was the commentator of the Canadian Film Board series "The Powder Room," BBC's "Mozart in Turkey," Channel 4's (BBC) "The Reign of Women" and "Harem." She gives talks on Orientalism, Middle Eastern Women, Harems, and Turkey. Her novel Palace of Tears" is in development for an internationally cast motion picture
She often lives in San Francisco.
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