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Books can fight extremism: Balochistan governor

Quetta hosts annual book festival

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September 18, 2019


Attention readers, writers – don’t miss these three events

The Quetta Literary Festival is one of them

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May 16, 2019


Airspace closure spells disaster for the 10th Karachi Literature Festival

Many sessions were postponed because the speakers couldn’t get to Karachi

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March 2, 2019


‘Brex-lit’: Social tensions inspire British novelists

Authors want to use storytelling to highlight the divides laid bare by the 2016 referendum

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January 6, 2019


11th International Urdu Conference begins in Karachi

The four-day event at the Arts Council will feature session, documentary screenings and dance performances

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November 22, 2018


Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid nominated for South Asian Literature’s DSC Prize

They have been shortlisted for their books Home Fire and Exit West

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November 17, 2018


This year there is no Nobel Prize in literature

Move comes after a member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, has been charged with rape

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October 1, 2018


Seminal American novelist Philip Roth dead at 85

Grand man of American letters Philip Roth, a fierce and prolific talent who achieved fame with the sexually explicit “Portnoy’s Complaint” in 1969, has died at 85. Roth’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told US media that the writer died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. The New Yorker magazine and the New York Times had both…

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May 23, 2018


Tom Wolfe, author of ‘The Right Stuff’, dies at 88

Author Tom Wolfe, the acerbic chronicler of American society known for best-selling books “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” has died at the age of 88. Wolfe’s agent Lynn Nesbit said the writer died Monday in a Manhattan hospital, where he was being treated for an infection. “We are incredibly saddened to…

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May 16, 2018


Books Children Read!

By Gulrukh Tausif Stories that you read and hear in your childhood stay with you all your life. Sometimes as a wisp of a memory and sometimes as a lesson etched into your mind. I have always loved reading and I used to read a lot of Urdu and English books in my youth. There…

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January 11, 2018


Arundhati Roy continues to be the harshest critic of India

NEW DELHI: She may have returned to publishing fiction after a two decade hiatus, but Indian writer Arundhati Roy says she has no plans to sheath her polemical sword anytime soon in a world where the vulnerable are still being “smashed”. Sitting in a cafe in the bowels of Old Delhi’s labyrinthine streets on a…

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January 3, 2018


Nobel prize winner’s book turned down by 19 publishers

PARIS: The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans. Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon’s 1962 novel, “The Palace”, set during the Spanish Civil War, to 19 French publishers. The verdict was…

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December 13, 2017


Love letters of France’s prominent writer published

PARIS: The passionate letters between Albert Camus, France’s Nobel prize-winning author of “The Stranger”, and the Spanish actress Maria Casares were published on Friday, casting light for the first time on one of the great love affairs in French literary history. She was a remarkable and independent-minded actress; he was the most admired writer of…

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November 11, 2017


Nobel Literature Prize: controversy, fame and flops

PARIS: Ahead of the announcement Thursday of this year’s Nobel Literature Prize laureate, here is a look at some of the controversies down the years since the prestigious title was first awarded in 1901. – Controversy – The 1964 laureate French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, whose political philosophy was partly based on the criticism of institutions,…

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October 3, 2017


Mohsin Hamid makes Pakistan proud, gets shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

NEWS DESK: We have a moment of pride as eminent Pakistani English-language author Mohsin Hamid was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize his novel, Exit West, on Wednesday. Exit West is Hamid’s fourth novel and this is the second time he’s made it to The Man Booker shortlist. Earlier, his acclaimed novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist,…

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September 13, 2017


Arundhati Roy releases first novel in 20 years

NEW DELHI:’s eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut “The God of Small Things” propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India. Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work,…

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June 6, 2017


Italy Reads Pakistan Awards winner to be announced at KLF

Karachi: Dr. Gianluca Rubagotti, the Italian consul general announced at a press conference on Thursday at a local hotel that the winner of Italy Reads Pakistan Awards will be announced on Saturday. The awards were launched last year by the consulate of Italy in Karachi. Saturday is also the second day of the Karachi Literature…

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February 10, 2017


Singing in the rain at send-off for Italy’s Dario Fo

MILAN: Thousands of mourners sang as they walked through the streets of Milan Saturday to pay their respects to Italy’s Nobel prize-winning dramatist Dario Fo at a lay ceremony in front of the city’s Gothic cathedral. The funeral cortege wound its way in heavy rain from the Piccolo Teatro Strehler where Fo’s coffin had been…

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October 15, 2016


On the Harry Potter trail in Portugal – Rowling’s inspiration

PORTO: It feels as if time has stood still at Lello, a Gothic Revival style bookstore in the historic centre of Porto, whose heady “olde worlde” ambiance inspired some of the scenes for Harry Potter. It was in Portugal’s second city that Potter author J. K. Rowling let her imagination off the leash during two…

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July 29, 2016