Two previously longlisted authors and one twice-shortlisted writer, Kamila Shamsie, are on this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist of 16 novels. The winner takes home £30,000 and a bronze figurine, the ‘Bessie.’
In a market of 197 million people and a strong youthful contingent, Pakistan’s industry is looking to expand December’s Karachi International Book Fair.
From The Express Tribune: First there was ‘Pakistan Man.’ Now, ‘Pakistan Girl’ has flown in to stand up for what’s right and to promote women’s empowerment.
From IANS and the Hindustan Times: Authors from nations neighboring India may find the big country’s market more attractive in some cases than their own.
In one of her books, Fauzia Minallah says, ‘the sky is filled with so much light that the people are able to see their own mistakes.’
‘Talented young writers have organized themselves into collectives,’ says the novelist-publisher Shandana Minhas in talking about her new press.
A market with few reliable statistics, Pakistan’s literary leaders work in Western publishing markets and its main play at home is in textbooks.
How to translate German poetry into other languages, and vice-versa? In an exploratory program, even ‘a little bit of acting’ comes into play.
‘Contemporary Urdu literature largely languishes,’ says the author H.M. Naqvi. And yet, he concedes, translating it poses ‘multifarious challenges.’
A survey of the hot book titles that sold in Pakistan last year, including an Urdu collection of short short stories and numerous thrillers.
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