Edited by James Villers Jr.

Including stories by Robert D. Kaplan, Mary Lee Settle, Tim Cahill, Stephen Kinzer, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, John Flinn and many more

Quite literally the bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a country with an unusually rich history and a recently increased relevance to today’s world. Travelers’ Tales Turkey is a new collection of travel stories that shed light on this compelling and somewhat mysterious region. According to the Turkish Tourist Office, the number of visitors to Turkey has doubled since 1995 to more than twelve million in 2001, and this number is expected to grow. In an era of heightened interest in all things Muslim, Turkey offers a window into Islam as it meets Christianity and into traditional culture as it meets contemporary change. As a destination, Turkey appeals to the full spectrum of travelers, from adventurous to luxury seeking, and the stories in this new collection speaks to everyone interested in this dramatic land.

In Travelers’ Tales Turkey readers will:

  • Join Tim Cahill on a quest for Caspian tigers in the hills of southeastern Turkey
  • Discover the nomadic origins of the Turkish people with Robert D. Kaplan
  • Experience a magical tour through undiscovered ruins and explore the ancient churches of Cappadocia with Mary Lee Settle
  • Puff aromatic apple tobacco in a Turkish water pipe with Stephen Kinzerat a narghile café
  • Attend a wedding in a village on an island in the Marmara Sea with Irene-Marie Spencer
  • Face a travelers’ worst nightmare–the loss of a money belt–withStephanie Elizondo Griest
  • Join Bruce S. Feiler on the hunt for Noah’s ark on Mount Ararat
  • …and much more.

About the editor

James Villers Jr. moved to Turkey in 1999. His welcome to the country–two weeks after he arrived–was a major earthquake that killed more than 15,000 people. Despite this shocking initiation, he stayed, spending more than two years there–teaching high school English in Istanbul and traveling around Turkey. He has lived most of his life in California, but spent a year in France and six months in Switzerland. He is a secondary school literature and drama teacher, and has an M.A in English from Sonoma State University. His writing has appeared in Travelers’ Tales Ireland. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Travelers’ Tales

Founded in 1993, Travelers’ Tales publishes the best in travel writing from world-famous authors and new and emerging writers. Our goal is to inspire and enlighten readers through true stories by travelers who have explored the depths of their experiences. The series includes: country and regional guides; books which explore the themes of women’s travel, spirituality, food, humor, and adventure; travel advice books; Footsteps: The Soul of Travel, a series of single-author travel narratives; and Travelers’ Tales Classics, a series which introduces out-of-print favorites of travel literature to a new audience. Travelers’ Tales Turkey is the latest in the country and regional guide series.

Travelers’ Tales Turkey
True Stories
Edited by Sean O’Reilly, James O’Reilly, and Tim O’Reilly
Travelers’ Tales, October 2002
$18.95 Trade Paperback, 320 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 1-885211-82-1