Aside from exciting panels and speakers, many literary journals and books by Bangladeshi authors and editors are being launched by local publishers marking the biggest occasion of writers and their books. These are the titles to keep an eye out for while browsing the many book stalls.
Bengal Lights Books
Bengal Lights Books is bringing out seven titles at the festival. Saad Z Hossain, described as a writer of fantasy, science fiction and black comedy, will have a new novel out, Djinn City
Renowned poet Kaiser Haq will bring out an enlarged edition of Pariah and Other Poems
, which is an enlarged volume of all the poems he has written since releasing his book, Published in the Streets of Dhaka: Collected Poems
from UPL in 2012.Truth or Dare
is a short story collection by British-Bangladeshi writer Nadia Kabir Barb, featuring 12 stories spanning two continents.
Poet Nausheen Eusuf, a PhD candidate in English at Boston University, will publish her debut poetry collection, Not Elegy, but Eros
, in Bangladesh. The poems, set in Bangladesh and which cover a range of styles and themes, honour the dead even as they affirm and celebrate life.
Under the Library of Bangladesh series, BLB also presents Imdadul Haq Milan's Two Novellas
, an English translation of two novellas by the award-winning fiction writer. Translated from Bengali by Saugata Ghosh, the book is edited by Arunava Sinha.An English translation of Kamal Chowdhury’s poems, Selected Poems of Kamal Chowdhury
, will be published as well. A brilliant group of translators under the aegis of Dhaka Translation Centre translated the poems.
A new issue of Bengal Lights Magazine
, edited by Khademul Islam, will also come out. It will contain a rich collection of short and long pieces of fiction, and poems.
The reprint of AG Stock’s 1973 nonfiction work, Memoirs of Dacca University 1947-1951
, is also a title of note to check out this year when you browse through the Bengal Lights Books stall.
University Press Limited
Meanwhile, book lovers should be on the lookout for new titles from UPL.
Perveen Ahmed’s memoir, Under the Same Sky
, narrates a deeply personal experience of the subcontinent’s transformation through the greater part of the 20th century.
The other titles from UPL are Zeena Choudhury's memoir, Church Bells and Darjeeling Tea
, Kaiser Haq's new extended edition of Published in the Streets of Dhaka
, Niaz Zaman and Asif Farrukhi's enlarged edition of Fault lines: Stories of 1971
and Ananya Jahanara Kabir's Partition's Post Amnesias: 1947, 1971 and Modern South Asia
Sharada Kolluru and Saiq'a Chowdhury have collaborated on a children’s illustrated story book, Poran the Postman
, with illustrations by Sabyasachi Mistry.
Publisher Bengal Publications will once again bring out the latest issue of the literary journal Six Seasons Review
(Volume 4, Issue 1), edited by Fakrul Alam.The latest issue of Jamini
, Bengal Publication’s international arts magazine, edited by Luva Nahid Choudhury, will also be available.EMMzine
, or Exploring Mind Matters Zine, described as a non-fiction/art catalogue, is an independent magazine of illustrations and written pieces dedicated to the taboo topics of mental illness and health. With a young adult audience as its target readers, the magazine is more of an experiment in creative therapy than an academic work on the psyche.Additionally, two special anthologies will be out at DLF. The short story anthology, It’s All Relative
, edited by Editorial coordinator Zeenat Chowdhury, features short stories.
The war narrative anthology, Stories from the Edge: Personal Stories of the Liberation War
, edited by Dr Niaz Zaman and Dr Razia Sultana Khan, features personal narratives of women who experienced the war from the periphery. The stories were penned by members of The Reading Circle Dhaka.A Wistful Existence
is a collaborative work between Bangladeshi poet Samia Tamrin Ahmed and Czech photographer Antonin Vacek, with featured verses inspired by travel photography spanning across both Europe and Asia.
Businessman, banker, and writer Salahuddin (Sal) Imam is coming out with a short story collection, Diana Juxtaposed and Other Unrealities
, from Har-Anand Publications in New Delhi. The title reference is to Princess Diana as one of his stories is about her tragic end in Paris.