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lahore literary festival


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

H A LL 1





Writing and Living
in Global Cities

Talking Pigment

Reflections of
Seraiki Literature

The Trials of Writing

a First Novel

Ashiq Buzdar, Riffat Abbas,

Rana Mehboob with
Nukhbah Langah

Bilal Tanweer, Mahesh Rao,

Saba Imtiaz, Soniah Kamal
with Mohsin Hamid

The Eccentric World

of P. G. Wodehouse

Fixing the Androon:

Reimagining Old Lahore

Richard Heller with Navid

Shahzad and Peter Oborne

Attiq Uddin Ahmed, Imrana

Tiwana, Kamran Lashari, Nayyar
Ali Dada, Qazi Shaukat Fareed

Zubaan Apni Apni

Punjabi Language
as Peoples Narrative

The Last Nizam

of Hyderabad

Keynote Address

The Past as Present

Romila Thapar
Introduction by Ayesha Jalal
2:30 - 3:30

Politics, Pluralism and

Khushwant Singhs Punjab
Aitzaz Ahsan, Basharat Qadir,
Rahul Singh, Shobhaa De,
with F. S. Aijazuddin

3:45 - 4:45

No Permanent
Friends or Enemies
Andrew Small, Laila Bokhari,
Roger Cohen, Rashed Rahman,
Salil Tripathi with Lyse Doucet


Hero and Anti-Hero

Book Launch:
And Then One Day
Naseeruddin Shah
with Mira Hashmi
and Sarmad Khoosat

Unver Shafi Khan

with Saquib Hanif

Laurent Gayer, Aakar Patel,

Jean Lambert, Naresh
Fernandes with Khaled Ahmed
A Lahori Writers Dispatches
Book Launch: Discontent
and Its Civilizations

Voicing Silence
Book Launch:
The Hired Man

Mohsin Hamid
with Razia Iqbal

Aminatta Forna
with Kamila Shamsie

Urdu Ki
Maqbool Kahanian

A Formidable Trilogy:
The Incredible Brazilian

Intizar Husain, M. Asaduddin,

Kishwar Naheed with
Asif Farrukhi

Zulfikar Ghose with

Muneeza Shamsie

Ahmed Saleem and Saeed

Bhutta with Mushtaq Soofi

John Zubrzycki
with F. S. Aijazuddin

Performance: Nescaf Basement Gigs, Hall 1, 6:30 - 7:30

Performance by Poor Rich Boy, Hall 2, 6:30 - 7:30

Please note that LLF reserves the right in its sole discretion to change the time, date, hall or speakers for any of the listed panels. Seating in all halls shall be on a first-come, first-served
basis at this free, open-to-public event. Firearms and weapons shall not be permitted at the premises. Sessions will start on time, and entrance doors to the halls shall be closed during
the sessions to ensure that the discussions are not disrupted.


10 - 11 a.m.

H A LL 1




Do All Roads Lead to China?

Chronicling Lives:
The Art of Biography

The Metropolis
and Violence

What You See;

Art of Imran Mir

Deborah Baker,
John Zubrzycki,
and Rachel Holmes
with Shaimaa Khalil

Laurent Gayer, Yasmine

El Rashidi, Bilal Tanweer,
Mahesh Rao with Ali Raza

Introduction by Hameed
Haroon; Nighat Mir
and Noorjehan Bilgrami
with Quddus Mirza

In the Body
of the World

Cosmopolitan Quetta:
The Past is Another Country

Eve Ensler and

Monique Wilson
with Nadia Jamil

Presented with White Star

The Cosmic Dance

and Other Poems
Zulfikar Ghose
11:15 - 11:45

Aaj Kal Ka Kaalum

All that Jazz in

Bombay and Karachi

Leisured Legacy

Naresh Fernandes
and Leon Menezes

A presentation by
Jrgen Wasim Frembgen

Transit Literature: Defining

Time and Memory

Translation Series

Book Launch:
The China-Pakistan Axis
Presented with Jinnah Institute

Andrew Small, Hasan Karrar,

Mushahid Hussain, Eberhard
Sandschneider, Peter Oborne
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The Wonder that was

Cordoba: The Legacy
of Tolerance
Roger Cohen, Pervez Hoodbhoy,
Shadab Zeest Hashmi,
Ziauddin Sardar with Ali Qasmi

12:30 - 1:30

Book Launch:
The Struggle for Pakistan
Ayesha Jalal
with Khaled Ahmed

2:30 - 3:30

What Happens in Kabul

Stays in Kabul
Ahmed Rashid, Aziz Ahmad
Khan, Barnett Rubin, Saad
Mohseni with Lyse Doucet

3:45 - 4:45

Memories of War in Literature

Aminatta Forna, Joe Sacco,
Kamila Shamsie with Razia Iqbal

Ata ul Haq Qasmi, Arif Nizami,

Kishwar Naheed, Wajahat
Masood with Yasir Pirzada
The Eye Still Seeks
and Will Not Be Still
Book Launch:
The Eye Still Seeks

Hari Kunzru
with Rachel Holmes

Salima Hashmi and Virginia

Whiles with Martand Khosla
An Interview with
Bangladeshi History
Book Launch: The Colonel
Who Would Not Repent
Salil Tripathi, Hina Jilani
and Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi
with Taimur Rahman


Aban Marker Kabraji

with Shahid Zahid

Virtual Empires

We Are All Stardust

Presented with Jinnah Institute

Artist Faiza Butt talks about

her journey as an artist

Hari Kunzru, Barnett Rubin,

Pervez Hoodbhoy, Andrew
Small, Eberhard Sandschneider,
Rashed Rahman

Faiza Butt
with Salima Hashmi
and Kamila Shamsie

Performance: Poetic Parables by Vikram Seth with Heeba Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Hall 1, 6:30 - 8
Mushaira, Hall 2, 6:30 - 8

The English Ghazal

Shadab Zeest Hashmi
with Amra Raza
11:45 - 12:15

Book Launch: What Will You

Give for this Beauty?
Ali Akbar Natiq
with Ali Madeeh Hashmi

V Can!
Bimla Bissell,
Roshaneh Zafar,
Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi
with Omar Jamil

Necessary in Beirut?
Book Launch:
An Unnecessary Woman
Rabih Alameddine
with Moni Mohsin

Temples of the Indus

Reema Abbasi, Aitzaz Ahsan,
Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro, I. A.
Rehman with Ali Qasmi

Tishnagi: Urdu
Poetry Translations
in Hindi and English
Minu Bakshi
with Navid Shahzad

Middle East: Between

a Rock and a Hard Place

The Lure of Lal

Shahbaz Qalandar

Book Launch: Ordered

Disorder of Karachi

Yasmine El Rashidi,
Shaimaa Khalil,
Rabih Alameddine
with Roger Cohen

Jrgen Wasim Frembgen

with Reema Abbasi

Laurent Gayer
and Maniza Naqvi
with Saba Imtiaz

Taxi Talk
Book Launch: Noon Tide Toll

On Karl Marxs Daughter

Book Launch:
Eleanor Marx: A Life

When A Woman
and Mountains Meet

Romesh Gunesekera
with Ahsan Akbar

Rachel Holmes
with Muneeza Shamsie

Aisha Khan and

Nadeem Ahmed
with Khaled Ahmed


10 - 11 a.m.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

12:30 - 1:30

2:30 - 3:30

H A LL 1





Anticipating Peace:
India and Pakistan

Faiz: Kuch Ishq Kiya,

Kuch Kaam Kiya

Unveiling the Untouchable

Photographing the Emerald

Miners of Afghanistan

Why I Write: Essays by

Saadat Hasan Manto

Khurshid M. Kasuri, Hina

Rabbani Khar, Najam Sethi,
Shekhar Gupta with John Elliott

Presented with Faiz Ghar

Max Becherer
with Nosheen Abbas

Aakar Patel
with Mujahid Eshai

English Shair o Shairi

Chalta Hai!
Book Launch: Implosion:
Indias Tryst with Reality

3:45 - 4:45

The World at his Feet:

The Writings of Roger Cohen

Farida Khanum, Hameed

Haroon, Jugnu Mohsin, Nazia
Ejaz and Mina Hasan

Roger Cohen
with Ahmed Rashid

Footnotes from the Frontline

The Return of the Butterfly

Joe Sacco, Romesh

Gunesekera, Asma Jahangir,
Yasmine El Rashidi
with Basharat Peer

Moni Mohsin
with Saba Imtiaz

Cricket: Pakistans Greatest

Game Book Launches:
Wounded Tiger and The
Unquiet Ones

Future of TV News:
Journalism or Mirch Masala?

Living with
Internal Differences:
The South Asian Dilemma
Romila Thapar,
Ayesha Jalal, Asma Jahangir
with Khaled Ahmed


Adeel Hashmi, Basharat Peer

and Sarwat Ali with Ali Sethi

Malika-e-Tarannum Noor
Jahan: the Empress of Song

Peter Oborne and Osman

Samiuddin with Kamila Shamsie

Secure Again in
an Insecure World?
Hari Kunzru, Barnett Rubin,
Saad Mohseni, Shekhar Gupta
with Ahmed Rashid

Ananya Vajpeyi
with F. S. Aijazuddin

A Portrait of Ismet Chughtai

Defining an Era in Leftwing
Urdu Literature

Ahsan Akbar,
Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi,
Shadab Zeest Hashmi

John Elliott with Rahul Singh

Book Launch:
The Convert

Revisiting The Murder

of Aziz Khan

Deborah Baker
with Maniza Naqvi

Zulfikar Ghose
with Maryam Wasif Khan

Chand Phool:
The Design Challenge

Book Discussion:
Udaas Naslein and Beyond

The Stones of Mecca

Saad Mohseni, Saima Mohsin,

Fahd Husain, Arif Nizami
with Fasih Ahmed

Amber Sami
and Shehnaz Ismail
with Naazish Ataullah

Abdullah Hussain
with Asif Farrukhi

The Incredible World

of Comic Journalism

Pakistans New Soft Power


Ameena Saiyid, Ishrat Husain,

Syeda Abida Hussain
with Fahd Husain

Shahnaz Aijazuddin
and Salman Akram Raja
with Navid Riaz

Ameena Saiyid, I. A. Rehman

and M. Asaduddin with
Ali Madeeh Hashmi

(The Long Lost Art of
Literary Conversations)
Intizar Husain, Kishwar Naheed,
Masood Ashar, Asif Farrukhi

Joe Sacco, Rabih Alameddine,

Sabir Nazar with Shaimaa Khalil

Fifty Shades of Feminism

Presented with UNDP Pakistan

Muneeza Shamsie,
Rachel Holmes, Shobhaa De,
Yasmine El Rashidi
with Nelofar Bakhtyar

Performance: One Billion Rising, Eve Ensler with the Rafi Peer Sufi Music Ensemble, Hall 1, 6:30 - 8:30

Taking South Asia

to Venice
Feroze Gujral
and Rashid Rana
with Virginia Whiles

Punjab Da Husn-e-Adab
Qazi Javed and Riaz Ahmed
Shad with Mushtaq Soofi

Ziauddin Sardar
with Rafay Alam

Reef and the Ebb and

Flow of Sri Lankan Writing
Romesh Gunesekera
with Salil Tripathi

Book Launch:
The Importance of
Not Being Earnest
Richard Heller
with Peter Oborne