Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, and academic. His award-winning first novel, Cevdet Bey and His Sons (1982), tells the story of three generations of a wealthy Istanbul family living in Nisantasi, Pamuk’s own home district. His novels include The Black Book, The New Life, My Name is Red, The White Castle, Snow, and the memoir Istanbul. Turkey’s most prominent and bestselling novelist, he has sold over eleven million books in sixty languages. He was won numerous awards, most notably the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Steven Winn spent 28 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, the last six as Art and Culture Critic. He is the author of the memoir, Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog, and his work has appeared in California, Good Housekeeping, and Sports Illustrated, among other publications. His many past interviews for City Arts include John Updike, Tina Fey, Renee Fleming and Sally Mann.