Putting out roots

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Published on: November 24, 2014
A Mullah Nasruddin / Nasreddin Hoca story

 

Putting out roots

Mullah Nasruddin
Mullah Nasruddin

Once Nasruddin observed a grove of trees and thought, Since those trees bear fruit, why shouldn’t I?
So the Mullah went to the field and buried himself up to his belly in theground. When night fell, the Mullah became cold and so he dug himself out and returned home.

The next day, when Fatima asked him how it went, he said, “It was okay at first. I was just about to put out roots when the cold killed them.”

 

Excerpted from

Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin
by Ron J. Suresha

now in print from Lethe Press

Thanks to the following folks for hosting readings of EAOMN:

~ Saints + Sinners Literary Festival

~ OutWrite Literary Festival, Washington, DC

~ Matt and Provincetown Public Library

~ Donnie and Greg at Bureau of General Services / Queer Division

~ Vanessa and Bank Street Book Nook

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Public readings for Extraordinary Adventures

Public readings for Extraordinary Adventures

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:00 – 7:15 pm

Provincetown Public Library

356 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

(508) 487-7094

Join us for a night of bawdy folklore and wintering bears, as Ron Suresha presents two books coming out this November.
First is Suresha’s new collection of Turkish folk humor, Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin, from Lethe Press, the sequel to his 2001 award-winning book of humor, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin. These authentic, hilarious “Naughty Nasruddin” stories deal with tabu topics such as bisexuality, adultery, incest, bestiality, and violence. Repressed for centuries for moralistic reasons, many are being published in an English trade book for the first time. Come prepared to be amused and astounded.
The author will also read from the new anthology, The Bears of Winter, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler (who lives in Denver and cannot attend), published by the Bear Bones Books of Lethe Press, which Suresha edits. Listen to excerpts from growlingly sexy bearotica that will make your fur thicken.
Following the reading, Suresha will answer questions and sign copies of his books.

More information here:

http://provincetownlibrary.org/calendar/#action=calp_agenda&calp_item_id=316

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

BGSQD

@ LGBT Center

208 West 13th Street, Room 210

New York, NY

Join us for a night of bawdy folklore and wintering bears, as Ron Suresha presents two books coming out this November.
First is Suresha’s new collection of Turkish folk humor, Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin, from Lethe Press, the sequel to his 2001 award-winning storybook, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin. These authentic, hilarious “Naughty Nasruddin” stories deal with tabu topics such as bisexuality, adultery, incest, bestiality, and violence. Repressed for centuries for moralistic reasons, many are being published in an English trade book for the first time. Come prepared to be amused and astounded.
The author will also read from the new anthology, The Bear of Winter, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler (who lives in Denver and cannot attend), published by the Bear Bones Books of Lethe Press, which Suresha edits. Listen to excerpts from growlingly sexy bearotica that will make your fur thicken.
Following the reading, Suresha will answer questions and sign copies of his books.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Bank Street Book Nook

50 Bank St

New Milford, Connecticut

(860) 354-3865

Please join us for a local author reading and book signing as Ron J. Suresha presents his new collection of Turkish folk tales, Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin, from Lethe Press, the sequel to his 2001 award-winning book of humor, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin.

These authentic centuries-old, hilarious folk tales deal with traditional and taboo situations involving the “wise fool” character Nasruddin. Some were suppressed for centuries for moralistic reasons, and many are published here in an English trade book for the first time. Come prepared to be amused and astounded.

Following the reading, Suresha will answer questions and sign copies of his books.
More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/560207697443612

Nasruddin Reading at NM Public Library Oct. 25

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Published on: October 7, 2011

The New Milford Public Library invites everyone to an

Author reception, Reading & Book signing

of an acclaimed collection of Turkish folktales,

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin
with local author Ron Suresha

Tuesday, October 25th
6:00 – 7:30 pm
New Milford Public Library
Memorial Hall, 24 Main Street
Free and open to the public.

Please join us as we hear the humorous stories, jests, and donkey tales of the Turkish folk hero, Mullah Nasruddin, retold by local author Ron Suresha.
A question-and-answer session after the reading will precede the author reception. Refreshments provided courtesy of NM Public Library.

Books will be available for purchase and autograph before and after the reading, $18. Local booksellers Bank St. Book Nook and The Book Cove in Pawling also carry copies.

Facebook event page: http://snurl.com/y74xg
http://www.MullahNasruddin.com
http://www.newmilfordlibrary.org/

Naughty Nasruddin at DC Outwrite Book Fair

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Published on: August 7, 2011

Naughty Nasruddin

Thanks for everyone came to hear the premiere presentation at the DC Center’s inaugural OutWrite LGBT Book Fair of:

The Naughty, Nasty Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin and His Hairy Ass

Here’s a fairly tame fart joke for a teaser of the “Naughty Nasruddin” stories:

One day, Nasruddin’s father was sitting on the toilet, and let out a loud, long, stinky whine of gas.

Young Nasruddin, who happened to be nearby, exclaimed: “By my Willie! What a catastrophe!”

His father shouted out: “What are you saying?! Woe to you!”

“Sorry, Father!” Nasruddin replied. “I thought you were Mom!”

Thanks especially to David Mariner and the volunteers at the DC Center who did an amazing job with this event!

Naughty Nasruddin reading at DC LGBT Book Fair, Sat. Aug. 6th

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Published on: August 1, 2011

The Naughty Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin and His Hairy Ass

Time
Saturday, August 6 · 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Location
The DC Center for the LGBT Community

1318 U Street NW

Created By
This event is part of the OutWrite LGBT Book Fair: www.outwritedc.org

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Ron Suresha will tell authentic, bawdy, queer Turkish folktales and jokes, based on work from his most recent book from GLBTQ publisher Lethe Press, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero, which Midwest Book Review acclaimed as “a fine pick and very highly recommended.” More at: www.MullahNasruddin.com.

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114942898597383

Please come visit Ron at the Lethe Press table at the Outwrite Book Fair, Saturday

Event: reception & reading, The Telegraph, 1/30/11

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Published on: January 21, 2011

You are invited to an author reception and listening party for

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

Sunday afternoon, January 30th, 3:00 – 6:00pm

at The Telegraph (where you can buy the book!)

19 Golden Street, New London, CT 06320

with author Ron J. Suresha

The Telegraph website

See the Patch.com interview with RJS here

New London Author Shares a Reading from His New Book

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Published on: January 10, 2011
Lovely article by Christy Wood for Patch.com on the premiere reading of the Nasruddin book

Ron Suresha at the Bean & Leaf, reading from his new collection of stories. Credit Christy Wood

New London Author Shares a Reading from His New Book

Ron Suresha Reads Persian Folk Tales at the Bean & Leaf on Sunday

By Christy Wood

In the aftermath of the weekend’s snowstorm, New Londoners gathered at the Bean and Leaf on Sunday to listen to local author Ron Suresha read stories from his collection The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin.  Nasruddin has been a popular folk hero in the Middle East for over 800 years; Suresha collected more than 350 stories featuring Nasruddin to include in his anthology, seeking to introduce the timeless folk hero and his humorous tales to a new, American audience.

Suresha is a native of Detroit, but has lived in New London for six years.  He studied creative writing at the University of Michigan and spent much of his adult life working in publishing.  Fifteen years ago Suresha decided that he wanted to collect the stories of Mullah Nasruddin and incorporate them in a modern, vernacular English text.

“The English text I found of the stories was written in the 1950s.  The language was imperial and stodgy,” says Suresha.  “I decided to do my own version.”

Over the following years Suresha read Nasruddin stories in Turkish, Hebrew, French, Spanish and German.  He compared dozens of texts to compile his own version, choosing 350 of the most popular stories and jokes for his new English translation.

Suresha has been a lifelong devotee of Mullah Nasruddin.  His mother, who is Israeli, told him the stories when he was a child, piquing Suresha’s interest in the ancient “wise fool.”

He spent much of his time writing and collecting the stories in local coffee shops, including the Bean and Leaf and Muddy Waters.  “I have my own home office,” said Suresha.  “But it would get kind of lonely, so I would go out and write elsewhere.”

The cover illustrator of The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin is also a local New Londoner, Sgott MacKenzie.

After the reading, attendees were treated to cake and given the opportunity to buy signed copies of the book.

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin is available through Lethe Press, and can be downloaded to electronic book formats.  Suresha also maintains a Nasruddin website: www.mullahnasruddin.com, where new stories are posted regularly and links to other Nasruddin sites are provided.

Book launch and reading this Sunday, Jan. 9th

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Published on: January 4, 2011

You are cordially invited to a

Book launch reception & listening party

Sunday, January 9th, at 12:00 noon

for The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin,

with author Ron Suresha and cover illustrator Sgott MacKenzie,

at Bean & Leaf, 13 Washington St., New London, CT, 06320

Free and open to the public

Book launch & Premiere reading for Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

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Published on: November 26, 2010

Please join us on

Sunday, January 9, 2011, 12:00 noon

at Bean & Leaf, 13 Washington St., New London, CT, 06320

for the premiere reading of a new New London-birthed book,

“The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin,”

with author Ron J. Suresha and cover illustrator Sgott MacKenzie.

Ron will read from his humorous new collection of Turkish folktales published by Lethe Press at this premiere listening party and book launch.

Free and open to the public.

Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/9iuaW3.

More at the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin webpage for this event: http://bit.ly/e3vbCN.

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