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Semih Çalışkan

Semih Çalışkan

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Semih Çalışkan (born 10 January 1986, İstanbul ) Turkish author. Çalışkan published his first book A Bar Philosopher (Turkish: Bir Bar Filozofu) in October 2015 and became a national bestseller. His second book 94 will be out in early 2017.


Çalışkan was born on 10 January 1986 in Istanbul. After graduating from Pertevniyal High School, he studied chemistry at Boğaziçi University. During his time in university, he attended screenwriting courses in Mithat Alam Cinema Centre for two years. He has worked for multinational advertising agencies and FMCG companies. Now, Çalışkan works for ÇapaMarka Entertainment Group as CEO.

Çalışkan's first novel, A Bar Philosopher is a love story based on a true story.

Ayşe Arman describes him as an 'author entrepreneur'. The cover of the book A Bar Philosopher was designed by Emrah Yucel. Moreover, for the book launch, Çalışkan produced short movies in which Gupse Ozay stars. Those short movies were screened for the first time, in Okan Bayulgen's late night show Dada Dandanista.

Çalışkan now focuses on movie adaptation and international editions of his first book A Bar Philosopher. His second novel 94 is supposed to be published at the end of the 2016.

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