Saturday, January 29, 2011



05 February at 09:30 - 06 February at 21:00

LocationCarlton Hotel
Karachi, Pakistan

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The 2nd Karachi Literature Festival is being organized by Oxford University Press Pakistan, the British Council, and Asif Farrukhi. The first of its kind in Pakistan, the Festival is open to the public, free, and features authors writing in English, Urdu, and Sindhi.

The Festival provides a platform for dialogue between Pakistan and the rest of the world, promoting contemporary writing and thought from Pakistan, and bringing contemporary writing and thought from around the world to local Pakistani audiences.

Special events at this year's Festival are aimed at discovering emerging talent through a short story writing competition, developing writers through a creative writing workshop, and paying tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz in the year of his 100th birth annniversary. An Oxford Prize of Rs 100,000 will be given to a Pakistani/Pakistani-origin author for the best non-fiction book in English, published in 2010. The jury comprises Zubeida Mustafa, Ghazi Salahuddin, and Dr. Jaffer Ahmad.

Founders: Ameena Saiyid, Asif Farrukhi, and the British Council

Tentative Programme at this web link A website is coming in a few days, and a Youtube channel will be launched after the festival is over, to broadcast festival events.

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FER REALS? FER REALS. I can barely keep my pants on cause it rocks the chaddis off anyone in Karachi who cares about literature.

I went last year. It was amazing+awesome. Is there a word for that? amawesome? No?

I met Mohsin Hamid (!!!!!) and Mohammad Hanif (!) and it was full of literate people who read books (those two sets do not always overlap, believe me) and who act civilized. It had discussions about Pakistan and books and Karachi and I even attended discussions about Urdu literature and I wasn't even bored because it was awesome and I saw feminist urdu poetry writing cute aunties. It made me really, really happy.

I know that at the end of any event that goes by people are all like There should be more events like this blah blah very well organized yada yada but I shit you not, this is The Event of The Year and it's truly made of awesome.

Last year this really emo uncle tried to diss Mohsin Hamid and then bijli chali gai and the uncle's mic obvs stopped working and EVERYONE IN THE ROOM CLAPPED/HOOTED. Do you know what that means? It means that the universe, during the festival, actually deals out justice. The event is fucking magical. You don't mess with the Hamid on KLF days or you get what you deserve. What happens on ordinary days, you ask? On normal days, you're not surrounded by awesome people who will defend good writing. And that really sucks. You realize just how much when you go to KLF.

So, you have to come, no matter who you are! As long as you can read and as long as you're in Karachi on the days, there's no solid reason for you to miss it.

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