Zia Haider Rahman's has launched one of the most lauded debut novels of the year, called "dazzling" and "astonishingly achieved" by the New Yorker, and "unsettling and profound" in the Guardian. He talks to Firdous Azim about Godel's theory of incompletness, his writing life, and his connection to Bangladesh.
The Architecture of Art and Literature. Former French architect and curator of Architecture of the Centre Pompidou, Aurelien Lemonier and Bangladeshi architect Kashef Chowdhury discuss the crossover between art and acrhitecture and how to move beyond traditional tensions between the two fields. They will also discuss spaces for reading and reflection found within the art sphere. Chaired by Diana Campbell Betancourt.
John Ralston Saul, novelist, essayist and activist talks about his commitments to freedom of speech, his championing of indigenous languages and writers in exile, and the bestselling novel that started it all.
Kindle magazine lauches its first book edition with a conversation between Oxford mathemtician and polymath Marcus du Sautoy and Kindles Magazine's Editior-in-Chief, Pritha Kejriwal, on the limits and scope of knowledge, both cientific and philosopical, and the difficulty of finding an authentic language to explain the world.
Celebrating 450 years of Shakespeare: Shakespeare"s plays have been widely translated, performed and beloved in Bangladesh. These vignettes cover four decades of Shakespeare in Bangladesh, featuring iconic performances by Aly Zaker, Firdousi Majumdar and Sara Zaker, followed by a panel discussion with poet, playwright and translator Syed Shamsul Haq and legendary veteran actor Aly Zaker. Moderated by Samina Luthfa. Featuring Nagorik, DU theatre department and Podatik.
With K Anis Ahmed, Khademul Islam, Syed Manzoorul Islam, moderated by Sandip Roy. Seamlessy passing back and forth between Bangla and English, the panel discuss the beauty of both languages. Marks launching of two translated works by Bengal Lights Books.
Jung Chang talks to Nilanjann Roy about the most important woman in CHinese history. Empress Dowager Cixi abolished foot binding, introduced railways, electricity and industry , inaugurated women's liberation and embarked on the path to introducing parliamentary elections in China.