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January 9, 2023
January 9, 2023

Russell Banks, praised author of ‘Cloudsplitter’, dies at 82

Banks, a professor emeritus at Princeton University, died Saturday in upstate New York, his editor, Dan Halpern, told The Associated Press. Banks was being treated for cancer.

January 3, 2023
January 3, 2023

Rifat Munim releases anthology, ‘Bangladesh: A Literary Journey through 50 Short Stories’

The book will be launched at the Dhaka Lit Fest starting Thursday, January 5, where Rifat Munim is also hosting a session.

November 30, 2022
November 30, 2022

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.

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.

October 13, 2022
October 13, 2022

The Emerald Stone is Maisun’s confident foray into the world of fiction

Is the debut novel for Umme Maisun, Bangladesh's youngest online educator.

August 11, 2022
August 11, 2022

The mislabelling of young adult fiction

Books intended for mature readers often get miscategorised as YA.

July 28, 2022
July 28, 2022

Mundanities, magic realism, Bangladesh—Shahidul Zahir’s novellas

The personal space is the same as the political sphere, the individual on the same strand as the collective. 

August 28, 2021
August 28, 2021

How I found my voice as a debut author

Being accused of copying Humayun made me want to create something of my own, something that wouldn’t be considered mainstream, but nor would it be too out of the box. I wanted to reflect on realism.

August 19, 2021
August 19, 2021

Mahmudul Haque and Mahmud Rahman's 'Black Ice': A portrait of a time and a man

The novel tracks the childhood of Abdul Khaleq, which comes back to the man every sleepless, teary-eyed night. The chapters alternate between these recollections—taking residence in rural 1940s Kolkata—and the now, where schoolteacher Khaleq repeats a daily Sisyphean routine in newly christened-Bangladesh.

August 12, 2021
August 12, 2021

'Your Heart, My Sky': A timely YA novel-in-verse about the 1990s Cuban “Special Period”

Early in July of this year, thousands of Cubans took to the streets, pushed over the course of the pandemic to a breaking point by a persistent, two-year-long shortage of medicine and—most importantly—food. Cuban protesters marched and shouted for an end to the Communist regime, which has lasted over six decades.