The eighth Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) that will be organized from February 10 to 12 at a local hotel in Karachi, has issued the schedule of three days events.
24 Jan. 2017: Addressing a press conference at the Arts Council of Pakistan, founder of the festival and Oxford University Press Managing Director Ameena Saiyid announced the KLF will celebrate Pakistani and international authors writing in diverse languages.
OUP boss said 100 Pakistani and 30 international speakers from 10 countries will be around participating in various sessions of the festival. Saiyid said poetry reading sessions in English and Urdu, talks, panel discussions, music and dance performances would be organized during the three-day event.
Saiyid announced that different prizes will be given during the festival; of them, the first one was the KLF-Pepsi Non-fiction Prize for the best book written in English in 2015-16 by a Pakistani.
Mustansar Hussain Tarar and Aysha Jalal will deliver the keynote speeches at the inauguration; meantime, the closing ceremony will feature Bobby Sager and Muhammad Hanif as the main speakers, she added.
According to the schedule released by the OUP, Adeel Hashmi, Afzal Ahmed Syed, Ali Akbar Natiq, Amar Jaleel, Ahmed Rashid, Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Arif Hasan, Asif Noorani, Arshad Mahmud, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, Attiya Dawood, Ayesha Tammy Haq, Bina Shah, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, Christina Oesterheld, Fahmida Riaz, H.M Naqvi, Hamid Khan, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Sania Saeed, Shabnam, Tina Sani, Nadeem F. Paracha and Nafeesa Shah are among the many literary luminaries, academics, and intellectuals who will participate in the event.