Karachi Literature Festival 2012

Attention all karachiites! The 3rd Karachi Literature Festival is coming your way!
Get ready for two days filled with remarkable events, literature, sharing of ideas and expressions along with puppet shows and much more..!

Last year about 10,000 people turned out on the event. This year Karachi Literature Festival and British Council have collaborated to bring to you the three most celebrated authors from the UK; William Dalrymple, Hanif Kureishi and Anatol Lieven. The event is also featuring sessions with German authors like Jurgen Wasim Frembgen, Stefan Weidner, and Navid Kermani as well as French authors like Michel Boivin, Anouar Benmalek, and Claudine le Tourneur D’ison.

 William Dalrymple is the author of seven acclaimed works of history and travel, including City of Djinns, which won the Young British Writer of the Year Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; the best-selling From the Holy Mountain; The Age of Kali, which won the French Prix D’Astrolable; White Mughals, which won Britain’s most prestigious history prize, the Wolfson, and The Last Mughal, which won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and The Crossword Prize for Non Fiction. He divides his time between New Delhi and London and is a contributor to The New York Review of BooksThe New YorkerThe New Statesman and The Guardian.

 Hanif Kureishi  author of numerous novels, short story collections, screenplays and plays. In 1984 he wrote My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. His second film, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, was followed by London Kills Me, which he also directed. The Buddha of Suburbia won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel in 1990 and was made into a four-part drama series by the BBC. Intimacy, his third novel, was published in 1998, and was adapted for film in 2001. His work has been translated into 36 languages. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts des Lettres and a CBE for services to literature. In 2008 The Times listed him as one of ‘The 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945’ and in 2010 he was awarded the PEN/PINTER prize. Hanif Kureishi lives in London with his wife and children.

Anatol Lieven a professor in the War Studies Department at King’s College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. His areas of expertise include US strategy and political culture; Islamist terrorism and insurgency; contemporary warfare; the countries of the former Soviet Union; and the Greater Middle East, especially Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.  His latest book, Pakistan: A Hard Country was published in 2011-2012 by Penguin in the UK, Public Affairs in the USA and Oxford University Press in Pakistan. It is based on his time as a journalist in Pakistan in the late 1980s and extensive research on the ground in recent years.From 1989 to 1998 Anatol Lieven worked as a British journalist in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (for The Times (London) and the Financial Times), and is author of several books on Russia and its neighbours. From 2000 to 2007 he worked at think tanks in Washington DC and studied US foreign and domestic policies in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His book America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism appeared in 2004, and an updated edition is to be published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

The Festival seeks to broaden the depiction and counter-balance the negative portrayal of Pakistani society by commemorating the diversity and dynamism of Pakistani culture. The Karachi Literature Festival has had as part of its Philosophy started putting contemporary writing and thought from Pakistan on an international platform, and bringing contemporary writing from around the world to local Pakistani audiences.
Karachi Literature Festival has come up with loads of activities for the attendees and their families, a few of them are: (a detailed list of events can be viewed here: http://www.karachilitfest.com/whatson.html )

  • The Festival will be hosting many authors writing in English such as Vikram Seth, Shobhaa De, Ayesha Jalal, Ahmed Rashid, Kamila Shamsie, Mohammad Hanif, Mohsin Hamid, H. M. Naqvi, Siddhartha Deb and Mirza Waheed.
    • In addition to this, many Urdu poets and authors will be participating. These include Intizar Husain, Zehra Nigah, Iftikhar Arif, Fahmida Riaz, Kishwar Naheed, Fatema Hassan, Harris Khalique, Azra Abbas, Imdad Hussaini, Sahar Ansari, Khwaja Razi Haider, Inam Nadeem, Kashif Hussain Ghayar, Shahida Hassan, Ahmad Fouad, Aqeel Abbas Jafri, and Ali Akbar Natiq.

  • This year film screenings are being introduced to the diverse line-up of events at the Festival. Also being featured this year are puppet and muppet shows for children by the Rafi Peer group, a satire session with Saad Haroon, Banana News Network, and Ali Aftab Saeed of Beygairat Brigade, and performances by Nritaal and Salman Ahmed of Junoon.
  • To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens a group of young performers will showcase an example of immersive theatre based on Dickens’ non-fiction work ‘Uncommercial Traveller’ following workshops in Karachi conducted by Owen Calvert-Lyons from London’s Arcola Theatre and Peter Higgins from the UK theatre group Punchdrunk.

Date:  11TH to 12th February, 2012
Venue: Carlton Hotel Karachi
Sponsors: British Council and Oxford University Press
Website: http://www.karachilitfest.com/index.html

So get ready peeps for this epic literature filled experience..!


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