Karachi Literature Festival
|Karachi Literature Festival|
|Venue||Carton Hotel (2010 - 2012)
Beach Luxury Hotel (2013 - present)
|Founder||Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi|
|Most recent||5 - 7 February 2016|
|Previous event||6 - 8 February 2015|
|Attendance||approx. 5,000 (2010)
|Organised by||Oxford University Press, Karachi
Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) is an annual international literary festival held in Karachi, Pakistan. It is the first festival of its kind in the country. It is one of the world's youngest and fastest growing literary festivals. Till 2016, seven editions of this festival have been held.
The festival consists of literary discussions, book launches, and creative writing workshops. There is also an opportunity to meet authors, book signings and visit a book fair.
- 2010: March: 20 & 21
- 2011: February: 5 & 6
- 2012: February: 11 & 12
- 2013: February: 15, 16 & 17
- 2014: February: 7, 8 & 9
- 2015: February: 6, 7 & 8
- 2016: February: 5, 6 & 7
In 2011, the festival organisers announced the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book in English. The book has to have been published in the preceding year. The award carries a monetary award of Rs. 100,000.
- Jury: Zubeida Mustafa, Ghazi Salahuddin and Dr Jaffer Ahmad.
- Winner: ‘The Culture of Power and Governance of Pakistan (1947-2008)’ by Ilhan Niaz Published by: Oxford University Press, Karachi 2010 ISBN 978-0-19-547731-3, ISBN 0-19-547731-6
This year's festival participants included: Aamer Hussein; Mohammad Hanif; Mohsin Hamid; Sara Suleri; Tahira Abdullah; Muneeza Shamsie; Noorjehan Bilgrami; Bina Shah; Zahida Hina; Kamila Shamsie; Anita Ghulam Ali; Daniyal Mueenuddin; Yasmeen Hameed; Maleeha Lodhi, Ayesha Siddiqa; Kishwar Naheed; Asif Noorani; Sheema Kirmani; Madeeha Gauhar; Intiaz Hussain; Zehra Nigah; H. M. Naqvi; Ali Sethi; Amjad Islam Amjad; Hassan Dars; Ali Akbar Natiq; Mudassar Bashir; Attiya Dawood and Jean-Luc Racine The plenary session was by Karen Armstrong.
With 2011 declared Year of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the festival paid tribute to him. The poet's grandson, Ali Madeeh Hashmi, talked about him as did Zehra Nigah and Ali Sethi. The band Laal closed out the festivities.
- Karachi Literature Festival begins today Peerzada Salman, February 15, 2013. Retrieved 08 february 2016
- KLF Official Website Retrieved 08 February 2016
- Karachi Literature Festival British Council Retrieved 7 February 2011
- Karachi Literature Retrieved 7 February 2011
- Founders KLF website. Retrieved 8 November 2011
- Thought-provoking Karachi Literature Festival conclude Daily Times 7 February 2011
- With a bang, not a whimper the Karachi Literature Festival comes to a Express Tribune 7 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011
- Winner of KLF Award Official website. Retrieved 9 February 2011
- 1st Karachi Literature Festival All Things Pakistan 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011
- About Karachi Literature Festival Retrieved 7 February 2011