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'Teestar Kanna' brings Teesta shoal residents to tears

Poet and writer Ishor Dulon Roy, author of Teestar Kanna, told The Daily Star that many of his relatives live on the Teesta shoal. Once they were all rich, all now lost to the river erosion.

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‘Monstrous fancies, misshapen dreams’: My ambivalence with ‘Dorian Gray’

“How tragic it would be if you were wasted”, made me smile in a melancholic way. I know moments when “unnecessary things are our only necessities”. And I’ve not been hesitant to give “rebellion its fascination” and “disobedience its charm.”

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Fantasy book series you might be missing out on

The best fantasy book series seem to have figured the formulae out in their own unique ways.

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Home and its place in Bangla literature

When we study the effects of urbanisation on formerly relevant concepts of home, newer images pop up and we find them coexisting with the previously established one.

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Of ‘BONOBIBI’ and music as a form of storytelling

The verses remind us that a withering, war-torn Earth can still birth new life and hopes of freedom.

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The University Press Limited heads to Chittagong

On Saturday, March 18, UPL will inaugurate its new sales centre in Chittagong at Jamal Khan Road’s Sanmar Spring Garden.

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A memoir that helps understand development

Perhaps the most important contribution of the book lies in providing intimate insights into how NGOs work in Bangladesh.

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Can ideology win over desire?

Set in 1990s Dhaka against the backdrop of the military occupation, the novella follows the lives of a young university professor, his wife, and their house help, Phulbanu. The story is narrated entirely from Phulbanu’s perspective. 

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5 new books to read this week

Set in the backdrop of a nameless forest, the narrative of the play 'Ekti Moragachh O Charjon Narir Shopnobhongo' revolves around characters of William Shakespeare’s creation.

A diverse longlist for the 2023 International Booker Prize

Novels from India, the Caribbean, Ukraine, Spain, Bulgaria, Ivory Coast, France, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, China, Norway and South Korea in the longlist.

A festive Friday thanks to Gulshan Society Book Fair

Organised by Shayaan Seraj, the Convener of Gulshan Society, the fair includes book stalls by The University Press Limited (UPL), Bookworm Bangladesh, Baatighar, Prothoma, Nymphea Publications, among others. 

The world of Taylor Jenkins Reid—and why we love it

What makes Taylor Jenkins Reid this phenomenal, raging success that has the publication world frothing in the mouth and Hollywood throwing the big bucks at her?

2w ago

The ins and outs of banking, simplified

“I got the courage to start writing and felt that, if the market practices and regulations of a particular issue are in one place it may help the bankers, customers as well as students”, the author writes. 

2w ago

Poetry without name

Poet and researcher Emran Mahfuz's untitled poetry book Mukhoshpora Pathshala has been released in this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair.

3w ago

Kurigram’s Bhawaiya Bhaskar’s biography taught in Indian university

Barma told The Daily Star that he is a folk music artist listed by Bangladesh Radio and Bangladesh Television. He has sung more than a thousand Bhawaiya songs on radio and television.

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5 children’s books to find at Boi Mela this year

As a pioneer, the publishing house has ensured that the quality of their books is unparalleled; I was amazed by the colourful animations at this year’s Boi Mela.

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A guide to surviving Boi Mela in a saree

Hopefully more saree enthusiasts can enjoy their first trip to Ekushey Boi Mela.

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‘The language movement did not reject the importance of dialects’: Syed Manzoorul Islam

Professor Islam sheds light on English writing in Bangladesh, its future, and the influence of the language movement on the Bangladeshi psyche.

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ChatGPT-written ebooks thrive on Amazon

The Wise Little Squirrel has netted Schickler less than USD 100. It is enough to inspire him to compose other books using the software.

3w ago

On being a Muslim in the west, and more

A journey of “crossings” with the author, as he takes you from the depths of war-torn villages to the heights of picture-perfect skyscrapers. 

3w ago

6 UK small presses that consider unsolicited submissions

This means you can submit a manuscript on your own, without a literary agent.

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