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“The Mapmaker’s Daughter” Sheds a New Light on History

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The Mapmaker’s Daughter (Delphinium Books) is one of the charter participants this month in BookTrib’s Book Club Booster Program with The Girly Book Club. Here’s a BookTrib Q&A with author Katherine Nouri Hughes  shortly after the book debuted last year. In her debut novel, The Mapmaker’s Daughter, Katherine Nouri Hughes gives insight into the historical tale of Cecilia Baflo Veniero, later known as Nurbanu, Queen Mother of the Ottoman Sultans. In a dramatic deathbed confessional, Nurbanu recounts a tragic life story from her beginnings as an illegitimately born child who was abandoned by both parents despite being given both the advantages of her mother’s intellect and her father’s nobility. Her relationship with Suleiman the Magnificent and the birth of their…

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Strength of a Woman: Katherine Nouri Hughes’ ‘The Mapmaker’s Daughter’ Sheds a New Light on History

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Katherine Nouri Hughes is Iraqi-Irish by birth. Graduating from Princeton University with a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Studies, Hughes has published two books on K-12 education.  Formerly a communications executive in the public and private sectors, Hughes  serves on the boards of the American University in Cairo, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and public television station, WNET/13. Hughes was married to former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General of New Jersey Robert Del Tufo, who passed away in 2016. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey  and remains an active force at her alma mater, Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies department as a member of the advisory council. Hughes and has two daughters and two grandchildren. In her debut novel, The Mapmaker’s Daughter, Hughes…

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