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6 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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9th Dhaka Lit Fest starts tomorrow

DL REPORTER, Dhaka
9th Dhaka Lit Fest starts tomorrow
Dhaka Lit Fest Director Sadaf Saaz (2nd left) speaks at the press meet. Photo :l Farhanul Hoque

The 9th edition of ‘Dhaka Lit Fest’, the country’s biggest literary festival, is set to kick off tomorrow on the Bangla Academy premises in the capital.

This year’s festival line-up features award-winning author and Booker Prize finalist Monica Ali (Bangladeshi-born British writer), literary icon Shankar (India), Pulitzer prize winning writer Jeffrey Gettleman (American journalist), historian William Dalrvmple (Scottish historian and writer), writer Shashi Tharoor (India), poet Tishani Doshi (India), award-winning author Swapnamoy Chakraborty (India), poet and journalist Mridul Dasgupta (India), journalist Prayag Akbar (India), Priyanka Dubey, journalist Minna Lindgren (Finland), DSC award-winning author HM Naqvi (Pakistan), novelist Yara Rodriguez (Brazil), Bangladeshi writers Syed Manzoorul Islam, Imdadul Haq Milan, Kaiser Haq and Shaheen Akhtar, among others.

With the three-day festival just around the corner, a press conference was arranged at the National Press Club in the capital yesterday. Sadaf Saaz, director of Dhaka Lit Fest, Zulfiqer Russell, editor of Bangla Tribune, Zafar Sobhan, editor of Dhaka Tribune, Mashrur Arefin, managing director of City Bank were present at the press conference. Two other directors of Lit Fest, Kazi Anis Ahmed and Ahsan Akbar also attended the event.

Sadaf Saaz said in her speech, “The festival, which will be held from November 7 to 9, is going to be attended by more than two hundred Bangladeshi litterateurs and over 100 foreign participants, including writers, researchers, journalists and politicians, from six countries of the five continents. There is an opportunity for the public coming to the festival to discuss with the guests from different countries in various aspects of the society, including literature, directly.”

On the opening day, the festival will host the Gemcon Literary Awards. One of the special highlights of this year’s festival includes a screening of ‘Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale’ on the second day of the event.

Supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the festival’s title sponsors are Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune while City Bank Ltd. is the platinum sponsor.

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