Ayse Papatya Bucak Reads from Her Book - The Trojan War Museum
by Polly Burks | Monday, Sep 09, 2019
Florida Atlantic University associate professor of English Ayse Papatya Bucak’s latest book, “The Trojan War Museum, and Other Stories” was listed in O, The Oprah Magazine’s “10 August Books You Should Read Right Now” for August. Bucak will share selected readings from the book at FAU’s first Off the Page event for the year on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the Majestic Palm Room of the Student Union Building, and is free and open to the public.
Bucak’s collection includes 10 stories that explore the author’s Turkish roots. “The History of Girls,” centers around a group of girls trapped in the rubble of a school explosion who are visited by the ghosts of their dead classmates; “A Cautionary Tale” is the story of a Turkish wrestler; and “The Dead” is about a sponge magnate’s encounter with a survivor of the Armenian genocide. Publishers Weekly stated that “ Bucak’s remarkable, inventive and humane debut marks her as a writer to watch.”
Bucak has published prose and poetry in a variety of magazines, including The Kenyon Review; Creative Nonfiction; Prairie Schooner; Pank; and The Fairy Tale Review. Two of the stories in her latest collection were awarded the O. Henry (“The History of Girls”) and Pushcart prize (“Iconography”). She has held residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Hedgebrook Farm, Willapa Bay AIR, Brush Creek, the Betsy Hotel, and the Studios of Key West. She is a contributing editor for the journal, Copper Nickel.
Bucak was born in Istanbul, Turkey to an American mother and a Turkish father, but spent most of her childhood in Havertown, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. Her B.A. is from Princeton University and her M.F.A. is from Arizona State University.
Bucak is the subject of the first “In Conversation” podcast produced by the Dorothy F. College of Arts and Letters, which was released on August 13, 2019. Michael Horswell, Ph.D., dean of the College, interviewed Bucak about her new book and about how growing up in the United States with Turkish heritage inspired her to write stories with elements from Turkey’s culture and history, but from her American point of view. To access the podcast, visit: http://fau.edu/artsandletters/podcast/.
For more information about the Sept. 12 event, call 561-297-2974