Celebrities Gather In Beverly Hills To Toast Kelhawk’s Novel On The Koran

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First time author Terry Kelhawk celebrates release of 'The Topkapi Secret' with celebrities in Beverly Hills. The thriller novel examines the origins of the Koran against the landscape of mystery and intrigue.

A week after her widely anticipated book The Topkapi Secret hit bookshelves, first-time author Terry Kelhawk was honored at an invitation-only book signing reception held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Kelhawk, a contributor to the Huffington Post and Political Mavens, thrilled the crowd with a dramatic entrance: faulting the heat, she pulled off a burka to reveal a glimmering cocktail dress. The stunt symbolized Kelhawk's belief that the book uncovers misconceptions about the Koran. Veteran Hollywood personality and author Michael Levine then toasted Kelhawk and praised her for her courage in writing a book that has already upset some Islamic extremists. The party was attended by guests from around the world, including the Middle East and North Africa as well as noted Hollywood celebrities who came out to show their support for Terry's courage.

“Kelhawk is an author extraordinaire and she looked fabulous,” commented one guest, "the book cover is mesmerizing. “The best part was discussing the book with Terry: the myth that the Koran has never changed must be dispelled forever," added another.

Despite concerns for her safety because of the book, Kelhawk downplayed the danger. “I knew the topic and the facts revealed would upset some Muslims,” she said, “but as Dr. Mohamed Rahouma verifies, I correctly quote Muslim sources. By using a contemporary novel to bring attention to an important issue – the integrity of the Koran – I am following the example of Harriet Beecher Stowe, who with Uncle Tom’s Cabin brought attention to slavery.”

The Topkapi Secret, which one guest called “a whirlwind paced, can’t-put-it-down thriller”, is the first such novel by Prometheus Books, a non-fiction publisher on Islam.

Kelhawk is an award-winning writer, speaker, and educator with considerable professional and personal experience with the Middle East and Islam. When asked what she would like readers to take away she says, “The Topkapi Secret is a novel. I hope readers have a great time with it as they travel, taste cultures, and watch the characters make discoveries about themselves and the Koran.”


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