Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Author Reading!

On January 14th, which is now just over a week away, I'll be reading from my book at a local bookstore.  I'm really excited - and nervous - about it.  I've practiced reading some passages aloud, and it's much harder than I thought it would be.  I'll be practicing daily from now until the reading, and hopefully I'll be ready on the day.

Here's a screenshot of the announcement of the reading on the bookstore's website:

And here's the full text of the announcement:

Can coffee grounds tell your future?  Will fate bring you to your soul mate thousands of miles from home?  How will you know if it's him? Would the evil eye dare stop two souls on their paths to each other? 
Join us on Saturday, 14 January at 7 p.m. when Saskia E. Akyil reads from her novel,
Secrets of a Summer Village. Teenagers and grown-ups alike will delight in the story of Rachel Guo, a seventeen-year-old American who accepts a last-minute invitation to spend a month with a Turkish host family on the Aegean coast. This intercultural coming-of-age novel is full of exotic tastes, summer heat, promises kept and broken, and love.  Rachel learns that many aspects of Turkish culture are different than her own, but that family, friendship, and love are universal.
Saskia E. Akyil
A reception following the reading will feature Turkish wines for sale and homemade pogaca (a Turkish pastry with cheese and parsley) on the house. This event is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please email

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Saskia E. Akyil has a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a community college ESL professor for immigrants, as a state program administrator for displaced homemakers, and as a Spanish-language medical interpreter. In 2005 she moved to Munich, where she and her husband have two sons. In 2011 she self-published
Secrets of a Summer Village

If you plan to come, don't forget to send an e-mail to the above address (and let me know!)


  1. Wish I could be there! You'll do fine, I'm sure of it. I'm passing along my copy of your book (which I enjoyed very much) to my sister's teenage niece.

  2. Good luck. The announcement sure packs a punch!