Elif Shafak (*1971) is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She is a bestselling author in many countries and her work has been translated into 55 languages. Her novel “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World” was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize, while “The Forty Rules of Love” was chosen by the BBC among 100 novels that shaped our world. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and is an honorary fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. She is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature. An advocate for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and freedom of expression, Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.