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Bangla Academy for children at book fair

Bangla Academy for children at book fair

One category of books which can be found in almost all stalls of the Amar Ekushey Granthamela-2015 is literature written for children and teenagers. In fact, the fair's Bangla Academy premises have been dedicated for publishers who bring out only children's books. This year 32 such publishers along with Bangladesh Shishu Academy and Bangla Academy have set up stalls there. However, publications fit for children and teenagers are available at almost all publication houses on the fair's Suhrawardy Udyan portion. “Books for children sell more,” said Johirul Abedin Jewel, publisher of Ittadi...

Bangla Academy award declared

Bangla Academy award declared

Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroskar-2014 was announced in seven out of ten categories this afternoon, ahead of the Ekushey Book Fair beginning February 1. Journalist Shihab Sarkar received the award for poetry, physician Zakir Talukdar in kotha sahitya (literature), former professor of Comilla University Shantanu Kaiser in essays and former professor of Bangla at Chittagong...

Haruki Murakami begins online agony uncle clinic

Haruki Murakami begins online agony uncle clinic

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has started offering opinions and advice on queries from fans in an online agony uncle column, kicking things off by revealing his fears over hate speech and his own failing eyesight. The publicity-shy writer started the project Thursday at "Murakami-san no tokoro" or "Mr. Murakami's place" where he hoped for...

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

Carnival of souls comes to an end

Carnival of souls comes to an end

Experimentation with new forms and subjects in the arts, and promotion of freedom of choice and expression were summarised through the presentation of a Bangla poetry rap in the closing event of the three-day long Hay Festival Dhaka 2014 yesterday. The highlight of the day was the session on the silver jubilee edition of...

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

Lit fest begins

Lit fest begins

Celebrating cultural diversity, Hay Festival Dhaka 2014 began yesterday morning on the Bangla Academy grounds with the promise to transcend the boundaries of nations through literary and intellectual exchanges. Poets, writers, artists and literature lovers from different parts of the world were welcomed with rendition of Nazrul songs, performed by Bangla Choir, on the...

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

‘The British didn't conquer India…’

‘The British didn't conquer India…’

“The British didn't conquer India…East India Company did. The company, which was only answerable to shareholders, unleashed a beast on the world. Ten years after the Battle of Plassey, the company was being run by 35 people in London,” British historian and writer William Dalrymple told The Daily Star yesterday. The noted historian is in town to attend the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014. Dalrymple embarked on the literary scene with his travel books – In Xanadu and City of Djinns. But he earned a solid global fandom with his history books – White Mughals and The Last Mughal. His latest book Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan has...

Hay Festival begins with a promise of diversity

Hay Festival begins with a promise of diversity

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014, a global literary event, began today with a promise to cultivate diversity of literature, poetry and art throughout the world. Journalists, writers, editors and publishers from all over the globe converged at Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka where the event was inaugurated around 11:15am. Stating that the language movement of 1952...

French author Modiano wins literature Nobel

French author Modiano wins literature Nobel

French author Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature. The Nobel Academy awarded the novelist "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation". The award - which is presented to a living writer - is worth eight million...

BITTERSWEET ENDINGS

We fall in love and we break up. These are two of the most common themes found in nature and in literature. Some of the best pieces of literature, music and cinema involve love and break ups. Personally, while I enjoy good stories of love and passion, I also have an unending appetite for stories that do not have a happy ending. And, I am not talking only about one-sided love or unrequited love. What I have in mind...

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Photography and Literature

Photography and Literature

When the photography was invented in 1840, literature warmly greeted it. Why? I think the ability of photographs to precisely describe what is in front of the camera caught the imagination of writers who felt less threatened by photography than painters did. Authors as diverse as Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, John Ruskin and Virginia Woolf were early supporters of photography. Some writers quickly recognized     photography's marketing potential: Whitman and Mark Twain used their photographic portraits for public relations. To be sure, photography had enemies in literature. Perhaps the most famous was French poet Charles Baudelaire who repeatedly attacked photography, once warning photographers: “You will never become artists. All you...

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