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Unpacking the craft of creative writing

If you are reaching out to an agent, go and find out exactly what sort of work that agent publishes. Also, think in terms of what would differentiate your work with the work of 39 other authors.

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Gubabooks organises Stories in the Park!

The event saw the launching of children's books in both English and Bangla, namely Ami Bokul, Sun Moon Secret and Where are the Chonchols? 

Finding myself in Orhan Pamuk books

It is also etched in the corners of multiple pages of the notebook I am writing this draft in. It is on my passport, also on my pajamas. It is the word the world knows me by—my name. Specifically, my last name, Nuri.

Andy Warhol & Truman Capote talk out their anxieties

Andy Warhol suggested they tape their conversations on his Sony Walkman, to which Truman Capote agrees.

Jane Borges’ 'Bombay Balchão' is a crafty explosion of flavour

The characters crackle with life, quirky and contradictory, despicable and sympathetic in turns.

Nadeem Zaman’s new novel takes ‘The Great Gatsby’ to Dhaka

To be published by Hachette India in early 2023 and meant to be circulated exclusively in South Asia, the novel is “a story of passion, decadence, infidelity, privilege, identity, and the many confounding faces of love and loss in contemporary Dhaka.

Bob Dylan publisher sorry for $600 book’s replica autographs

The allegedly “hand-signed” copies were not individually inscribed.

Blood, sweat, and football

The doctors told me that I should forget about playing football. But I just had one thing on my mind: I was going to be back on the pitch again and prove everyone wrong. 

Hope over fate

Finding himself at the epicentre of the disaster, Abed realised that a large number of deaths (an estimated 500,000) in the “world’s deadliest known tropical cyclone” were not necessarily caused by the natural disaster.

7 books to get you pumped up for football World Cup season

With the FIFA World Cup 2022 starting today, tensions run high around the country. Avid football fans have already dawned on their favourite team’s jerseys and hoisted their country’s flags alongside that of Bangladesh’s. The entire world will be glued to their tv screens till a winner emerges to claim the Football World Cup.

Tales of a development sector doyen

The book doesn’t only become a memoir of the writer’s life as a development worker, but also a tribute to the late Sir Abed and his magnanimity as a human being and a visionary. 

On Gabriel García Márquez’s unpublished manuscript

She has been coming to this hotel for the last 28 years, ever since her mother died, and has chosen to stay in the exact same room as she does every year. She uses the same road from the hotel to travel to her mother’s resting place and buys flowers from the same African woman.

November 13, 2022
November 13, 2022

Himu taught me it was okay to not be normal

Himu not only made me look beyond goals that lead to a luxury of life, but he also taught me to enjoy the tiny bits that make life agreeable.

November 12, 2022
November 12, 2022

An encounter with Sandeep Ray

"I have lifted from these stories. I’ve stolen from these stories. But you know, I’ve remade the characters so they don’t directly relate to anyone’s biography. But I cannot deny that a lot of the anecdotes, events and arc of the story come from certain family experiences", states Sandeep Ray.

November 12, 2022
November 12, 2022

'IN SENSORIUM' BY TANAÏS: The scent of the motherland

The reader might have encountered in their grammar books that the pronoun ‘tara’ in cholito bhasha comes from its shadhu form ‘tahara’. For some of us, years of formal schooling has cemented this etymology in our heads, rendering us unable to find an alternate reality. Breaking these moulds, the author declares, “The word ‘they’ is tara, the word for star”, encouraging one to take a pause and consider these homographs in a new light.

November 12, 2022
November 12, 2022

ULAB’s 6th literary salon discusses the local publishing scene

The event is being hosted today, October 12, between 5 and 7 pm at The Auditorium, 6th Floor of ULAB Research Building, House 56, Road 4/A Dhanmondi. It is open for all.

November 10, 2022
November 10, 2022

'Slam Poetry Nights', organised by SHOUTxDS Books, returns with gusto for its third installment

Around 17 participants took centre stage to perform their poetry at the event.

November 10, 2022
November 10, 2022

Panihar Public Library: A heritage in ruins

A library containing more than 7702 periodicals, encyclopedias and books on literature, religion, poetry, science and economics—all wasting away from neglect.

November 9, 2022
November 9, 2022

Baatighar sale for Humayun Ahmed Boi Mela

Baatighar Humayun Ahmed Boi Mela 2022 will span from November 5 to 15.

November 8, 2022
November 8, 2022

5 new books we recommend this week

When you go to a book-store, it is often difficult to choose from the plethora of newly released books available. The following list should help when deciding what new books to buy.

November 8, 2022
November 8, 2022

Book app connects Ukrainian fathers with refugee children

The books are helping her family process difficult emotions, Bilan said, as her son Pasha showed visitors his favourite, a book called The Day War Came To Rondo.

November 7, 2022
November 7, 2022

Nothing matters, but Albert Camus’s 'The Stranger' does

Because of Camus, I started to believe in the idea of relative truth and realised how differently people may weigh the different aspects and incidents which occur in their lives.