Pakistan’s Shehr-e-Kitab City of Books to be replicated in Karachi after “overwhelming response” in Islamabad. But when is anyone’s guess

Almost two years after Pakistan’s first Shehr-e-Kitab opened in May 2016, the promised follow-up “Cities of Books” in Peshawar and Karachi have yet to materialize, and hopeful Pakistani  readers would be ill-advised to hold their breath while waiting following the latest announcement from Advisor to PM Irfan Siddiqui. The Shehr-e-Kitab project is a brave attempt Read More …

Pakistan’s Karachi Book Fair attendance sets new record. But no, not six million. Try 600,000

The Karachi International Book Fair has just wound up, and as expected, a record number of visitors attended. Pakistan’s The Nation is reporting that six million people attended, up on five million last year. Hmmm. I think someone on The Nation’s staff needs a numeracy lesson. Six million visitors would make the Karachi Book Fair Read More …

Austenistan – the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan’s new anthology reminds us of Austen’s universal appeal

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we in the west can’t get enough Jane Austen. But what about elsewhere in the world? The Bollywood-style movie Bride and Prejudice no doubt springs to mind, but as the term Bollywood-style suggests, the film wasn’t actual made in India. But given the social parallels between Regency England Read More …