A list of speakers for the seventh edition of Dhaka Literary Festival was published on its website on Wednesday.
Profiles of more than 80 literary figures from home and abroad have been uploaded on the Dhaka Lit Fest website while online registration for the attendees will begin from Friday, said the organisers.
Like in previous years, a host of national and international luminaries will grace the festival this year which begins at Bangla Academy premises on November 16.
According to its website, the Dhaka Lit Fest 2017’s international line-up includes Man Booker Prize-winning authors Ben Okri and Aravind Adiga, playwright and director Sir David Hare, fiction writers Aamer Hussein, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Shashi Tharoor, William Dalrymple, Esther Freud and Lawrence Osborne.
The line-up of local authors and artists includes Aly Zaker, Asaduzzaman Noor, Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam, Kaiser Haq, Shaheen Akhtar and Anisul Hoque.
The seventh winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature — a prestigious international literary award primarily focused on South Asian writing - will also be announced at Dhaka Lit Fest 2017. According to the organisers, announcement of the DSC Prize winner will be one of the most anticipated events of this year.
Dhaka Lit Fest is an international literary festival, held mid-November every year at the Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka. Writers, journalists, artists and directors from all over the world join the festival and discuss the most pressing literary and political issues.
The festival began its journey in 2011 under the aegis of the world-famous Hay-on-Wye festival.
The Dhaka Lit Fest authorities, however, re-branded the festival as Dhaka Lit Fest in 2015, to mark its commitment to promoting the Bangladeshi culture at the global level.