The ninth Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) will be held on 9, 10, and 11 February 2018 at the Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi. KLF brings together and celebrates Pakistani and international authors writing in diverse languages.
The festival will feature talks, panel discussions, readings, book launches, English and Urdu mushaira, satire, author signings, performing arts, film screenings, book fair, literary awards, and a food court.
This was announced by Ameena Saiyid OBE, Managing Director, Oxford University Press (OUP), and Founder, Director, Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals, and Co-founder, Children’s Literature Festival, at a press conference at the Arts Council. Around 131 Pakistani and 30 international authors and speakers from nine countries will participate in the upcoming KLF. Around 19 book launches and more than 60 sessions are planned for the festival.
Ameena Saiyid gave an overview of the four prizes instituted by KLF in collaboration with corporate entities and foreign missions. These annual prizes are awarded to books in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, peace, and Urdu.
The books are assessed by panels of juries comprising Pakistani academics, critics, and writers. This year the prizes include KLF-Pepsi Non-Fiction Prize, KLF-Getz Pharma Fiction Prize, KLF Peace Prize (Consulate General of Germany), and KLF-Infaq Foundation Urdu Literature Prize.
The KLF-Pepsi Non-Fiction Prize of Rs 250,000 goes to the best non-fiction book originally written in English by a Pakistani or Pakistan-origin foreign national. The books long listed for this prize include Lahore in the Time of Raj by Ian Talbot and Tahir Kamran, How Pakistan Got Divided by Rao Farman Ali Khan, A History of the Judiciary by Hamid Khan, Urban Traditions and Historic Environments in Sindh by Anila Naeem, Imagining Pakistan by Rasul Bakhsh Rais, and Honour Unmasked by Nafisa Shah.