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Bengal Publications at Dhaka Lit Fest 2017

We are pleased to launch 5 new publications at the seventh edition of Dhaka Literary Festival. The event will continue from 16-18 November 2017 at Bangla Academy, Dhaka.

Six Seasons Review (Volume 4, Issue 1)

Editor: Fakrul Alam
Editorial Board: Syed Manzoorul Islam, Shamsad Mortuza, Luva Nahid Choudhury

Six Seasons Review is an English-language literary journal published twice a year by Bengal Publications. Originally launched in Dhaka in 2001 to meet the need for an English-language periodical devoted exclusively to arts and letters, it now publishes a wide variety of content, including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, dramas, critical essays, belles-letters, translations and other arts. The editorial collective is committed to publishing some of the best writing from our region in the seventh issue, set to be launched at this year’s Dhaka Lit Fest.

EMMzine 

Author: Katerina Don (Editor), Sarah Fardeen (Co- Editor) and Abir Shome (Artistic Director)

EMMzine (Exploring Mind Matters Zine) is an independent ‘magazine’ dedicated to the taboo topics of mental illness and health. Targeted towards a young adult audience; the publication does not position itself as an academic work on the psyche, but rather an experiment in creative therapy. The collaborators approach their respective topics from different angles. The result is a collection of illustrations and written pieces exploring the mind and various related matters.

Stories from the Edge: Personal Narratives of the Liberation War 
Authors: Asfa Hussain, Zeba Rasheed Chowdhury, Zakia Rahman Nipa, Nusrat Huq, Mahmuda Haq Choudhury, Jackie Kabir, Masrufa Ayesha Nusrat, Shireen Hasanat Islam, Niaz Zaman, Razia Quadir, Razia Sultana Khan, Shahana Obaid, Shahruk Rahman and Rebecca Haque.

Stories from the Edge: Personal Narratives of the Liberation War is a collection of stories written by members of The Reading Circle (TRC) Dhaka. They are not war narratives but personal stories of women who experienced the war from the periphery. They either belonged to the exodus of people who left the main cities for the villages, or were in Agartala, or interned in camps in Pakistan. Some of the stories are escape narratives, from Karachi through Afghanistan or from diplomatic missions friendly with Pakistan. Other stories are situated even further away and give us a picture of the people and events that showcased Bangladesh's plight to the world during the nine months of the liberation war. All the stories are from the perspective of women, either too young or far away geographically from the battlefield. They have lived with these stories for the last 46 years and feel it is time to share these them for additional perspectives on our liberation war.

It’s All Relative

Authors: Zubier Abdullah, Sitara Jabeen Ahmed, Rashid Askari, Debashish Banerji, Nabina Das, Karishma Fatiha, Farah Ghuznavi, Mahejabeen Hossain, Tania Tasneem Hossain, Shehtaz Huq, Sohana Manzoor, Sonnet Mondal, Shoumik Muhammed, Arifa Rahman, Khadija Rouf, Anika Saba, Sanjana Sadique and David Schultz.

It’s All Relative shines the spotlight on the best English-language writers to emerge from our region. A compilation of 18 short stories, the book honours excellence in the categories of fiction, translations and young adult literature; with each story driven by strong storytelling, intricate plots and engaging characters. 

 A Wistful Existence

Authors: Samia Tamrin Ahmed & Antonin Vacek

Journeys often lead to lifelong friendships and creative collaborations - A Wistful Existence is a testament to that. A Bangladeshi poet and a Czech photographer co-create this delightful, if not wistfully engaging publication, with the featured verses inspired by travel photography spanning across both Europe and Asia.