I have helped create over a thousand trailblazing, amazing books as a publisher with Milet Publishing. I cofounded Milet with Sedat Turhan in 1995, and with our tiny but immensely talented team, we grew it into a leading small independent publishing company. I codirected Milet with Sedat for 15 years, in our offices in London, Izmir-Turkey and Chicago, before moving into a consulting publisher role.

Translated literature: I have been amplifying the voices of Turkish writers for decades as a publisher of the Milet Turkish Literature Series, a groundbreaking series of novels and anthologies translated from Turkish to English. Featuring works by established and emerging Turkish writers, including many women, queer and imprisoned writers, this series is a vital contribution to world literature in English. The books are read in academic courses in subjects like comparative literature, women’s literature and translation studies, and they are for general literature lovers too: you don’t need to know about Turkey to appreciate these books! Explore the series on the Milet website.

Children’s books: A big part of my life’s work, the exceptional, inclusive Milet children’s book list features hundreds of bilingual books in English and 23 different languages, like Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Farsi, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu, along with books in English only. The list includes board books, picture books, visual dictionaries, language learning sets, and young fiction, all enjoyable, educational essentials for families and schools. Milet’s bilingual books welcome readers and learners of all ages. Find the full list on the Milet website.