English born Frances Kazan is a writer, lecturer, producer and arts supporter. Her novel The Dervish (published April 2013 by Opus Press, New York) is an adventure story set in Istanbul and Angora (modern day Ankara) in 1919, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire World War One.
Previous novels include Halide’s Gift (Random House New York 2001) loosely based on the early life of Halide Edib and tells the story of two sisters “bound by an extraordinary friendship, and torn apart by their love of radically different men.” Halide’s Gift was translated into six languages.
Goodnight Little Sister (New York Stein and Day 1986), her debut novel, drew on her experience as the wife of a rock manager. Set in England and America during the late 60’s it tells the story of Alex Hughes, an Oxford educated English woman, who marries rock star Stevie Barnes.
Other writings include Halide Edib ve Amerika (Baglam Press, Istanbul1993,) an academic study of Halide Edib Adivar, and her unique relationship with the American community in Istanbul in the late Ottoman era. Mrs. Kazan has also written for Cornucopia, Self magazine; and the Gallatin Review. She has presented her lectures on late Ottoman Istanbul and Halide Edib in New York, London and Ottawa.
In 2004-5, Kazan co-produced a retrospective of the movies of Elia Kazan, with the Tribeca Institute and Tribeca Film Festival. In 2010, she co-produced a play, in conjunction with Target Margin Theater, about the unique collaboration between Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan on the play “Camino Real”.
“She is a member of the board of directors of the House Foundation for the Arts, a not for profit organization that supports the work of Meredith Monk. Mrs. Kazan has been and continues to be a supporter of numerous organizations and artists including The Metropolitan Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, MATA, Target Margin Theater, and the Issue Project Room.
Frances Kazan has two adult children, and has lived in New York City for more than thirty years. Every week she volunteers at a shelter run by Sanctuary for Families – a private non profit organization that helps abused women and children.
Her interests include performance art, dance, hiking, reading, opera and contemporary classical music. Her travels have taken her to almost every country in the Middle East, India, Bhutan, Tibet, Russia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and many countries in Europe.
She holds undergraduate and Masters degrees from and New York University, and is a member of PEN and the Turkish American Society.