Program

DAY ONE | Friday, Feb. 20

Keynote Address
The Past as Present
Romila Thapar
Introduction by Ayesha Jalal
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Hall 1

Politics, Pluralism and Khushwant Singh’s Punjab
Aitzaz Ahsan, Basharat Qadir, Rahul Singh, Shobhaa De, with F. S. Aijazuddin
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Hall 1

Cityscapes: Writing and Living in Global Cities
Laurent Gayer, Aakar Patel, Jean Lambert, Naresh Fernandes with Khaled Ahmed
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 2

Talking Pigment
Unver Shafi Khan with Saquib Hanif
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 3

Reflections of Seraiki Literature
Ashiq Buzdar, Riffat Abbas, Rana Mehboob with Nukhbah Langah
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 4

The Trials of Writing a First Novel
Bilal Tanweer, Mahesh Rao, Saba Imtiaz, Soniah Kamal with Mohsin Hamid
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 5

No Permanent Friends or Enemies
Andrew Small, Laila Bokhari, Roger Cohen, Rashed Rahman, Salil Tripathi with Lyse Doucet
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 1

A Lahori Writer’s Dispatches
Book Launch
Discontent and Its Civilizations
Mohsin Hamid with Razia Iqbal
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 2

Voicing Silence
Book Launch
The Hired Man
Aminatta Forna with Kamila Shamsie
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 3

The Eccentric World of P. G. Wodehouse
Richard Heller with Navid Shahzad and Peter Oborne
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 4

Fixing the Androon: Reimagining Old Lahore
Attiq Uddin Ahmed, Imrana Tiwana, Kamran Lashari, Nayyar Ali Dada, Qazi Shaukat Fareed
3:45 – 4:45 | Gallery 1

Hero and Antihero
Book Launch
And Then One Day
Naseeruddin Shah with Mira Hashmi and Sarmad Khoosat
5 – 6 | Hall 1

Urdu Ki Maqbool Kahanian
Intizar Husain, M. Asaduddin, Kishwar Naheed with Asif Farrukhi
5 – 6 | Hall 2

A Formidable Trilogy: The Incredible Brazilian
Zulfikar Ghose with Muneeza Shamsie
5 – 6 | Hall 3

Zubaan Apni Apni: Punjabi Language as People’s Narrative
Ahmed Saleem and Saeed Bhutta with Mushtaq Soofi
5 – 6 | Hall 4

The Last Nizam of Hyderabad
John Zubrzycki with F. S. Aijazuddin
5 – 6 | Hall 5

Performance
Poor Rich Boy

6:30 – 7:30 | Hall 2

DAY TWO | Saturday, Feb. 21

Do All Roads Lead to China?
Book Launch
The China-Pakistan Axis
Presented with Jinnah Institute
Andrew Small, Hasan Karrar, Mushahid Hussain, Eberhard Sandschneider, Peter Oborne
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 1

Chronicling Lives: The Art of Biography
Deborah Baker, John Zubrzycki, and Rachel Holmes with Shaimaa Khalil
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 2

The Metropolis and Violence
Laurent Gayer, Yasmine El Rashidi, Bilal Tanweer, Mahesh Rao with Ali Raza
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 3

What You See; Art of Imran Mir
Introduction by Hameed Haroon; Nighat Mir and Noorjehan Bilgrami with Quddus Mirza
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 4

V Can!
Priya Kapoor, Roshaneh Zafar, Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi with Omar Jamil
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 5

In the Body of the World
Eve Ensler and Monique Wilson with Nadia Jamil
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 1

The Wonder that was Cordoba: The Legacy of Tolerance
Pervez Hoodbhoy, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Ziauddin Sardar with Ali Qasmi
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 2

Cosmopolitan Quetta: The Past is Another Country
Presented with White Star
Aban Marker Kabraji with Shahid Zahid
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 3

The Cosmic Dance and Other Poems
Zulfikar Ghose
11:15 – 11:45 | Hall 4

The English Ghazal
Shadab Zeest Hashmi with Amra Raza
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 4

Necessary in Beirut?
Book Launch
An Unnecessary Woman
Rabih Alameddine with Moni Mohsin
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 5

Book Launch
The Struggle for Pakistan
Ayesha Jalal with Khaled Ahmed
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 1

Aaj Kal Ka Kaalum
Ata ul Haq Qasmi, Arif Nizami, Kishwar Naheed, Wajahat Masood with Yasir Pirzada
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 2

All that Jazz in Bombay and Karachi
Naresh Fernandes and Leon Menezes
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 3

Lahore’s Leisured Legacy
A presentation by Jürgen Wasim Frembgen
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 4

Temples of the Indus
Reema Abbasi, Aitzaz Ahsan, Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro, I. A. Rehman with Ali Qasmi
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 5

What Happens in Kabul Stays in Kabul…
Ahmed Rashid, Aziz Ahmad Khan, Barnett Rubin, Saad Mohseni with Lyse Doucet
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 1

The Eye Still Seeks and Will Not Be Still
Book Launch
The Eye Still Seeks
Salima Hashmi and Virginia Whiles with Martand Khosla
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 2

Transit Literature: Defining Time and Memory
Hari Kunzru with Rachel Holmes
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 3

Translation Series
Book Launch
What Will You Give for this Beauty?
Ali Akbar Natiq with Ali Madeeh Hashmi
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 4

Tishnagi: Urdu Poetry Translations in Hindi and English
Minu Bakshi with Navid Shahzad
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 5

Memories of War in Literature
Aminatta Forna, Joe Sacco, Kamila Shamsie with Razia Iqbal
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 1

An Interview with Bangladeshi History
Book Launch
The Colonel Who Would Not Repent
Salil Tripathi, Hina Jilani and Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi with Taimur Rahman
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 2

Middle East: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Yasmine El Rashidi, Shaimaa Khalil, Rabih Alameddine with Roger Cohen
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 3

The Lure of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
Jürgen Wasim Frembgen with Reema Abbasi
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 4

Book Launch
Ordered Disorder of Karachi
Laurent Gayer and Maniza Naqvi with Saba Imtiaz
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 5

Virtual Empires
Presented with Jinnah Institute
Hari Kunzru, Barnett Rubin, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Andrew Small, Eberhard Sandschneider, Rashed Rahman
5 – 6 | Hall 1

We Are All Stardust
Artist Faiza Butt talks about her journey as an artist
Faiza Butt with Salima Hashmi and Kamila Shamsie
5 – 6 | Hall 2

Taxi Talk
Book Launch
Noon Tide Toll
Romesh Gunesekera with Ahsan Akbar
5 – 6 | Hall 3

On Karl Marx’s Daughter
Book Launch
Eleanor Marx: A Life
Rachel Holmes with Muneeza Shamsie
5 – 6 | Hall 4

When a Woman and Mountains Meet
Aisha Khan and Nadeem Ahmed with Khaled Ahmed
5 – 6 | Hall 5

Mushaira
Hall 1, 6:30 – 8

Performance
Poetic Parables by Vikram Seth
Naseeruddin Shah, Heeba Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah
Hall 2, 6:30 – 8

DAY THREE | Sunday, Feb. 22

Anticipating Peace: India and Pakistan
Khurshid M. Kasuri, Hina Rabbani Khar, Najam Sethi, Shekhar Gupta with John Elliott
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 1

Faiz: Kuch Ishq Kiya, Kuch Kaam Kiya
Presented with Faiz Ghar
Adeel Hashmi, Basharat Peer and Sarwat Ali with Ali Sethi
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 2

Unveiling the Untouchable
Ananya Vajpeyi with F. S. Aijazuddin
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 3

Photographing the Emerald Miners of Afghanistan
Max Becherer with Nosheen Abbas
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 4

Why I Write: Essays by Saadat Hasan Manto
Aakar Patel with Mujahid Eshai
10 – 11 a.m. | Hall 5

Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan: the Empress of Song
Hameed Haroon, Jugnu Mohsin, Nazia Ejaz and Mina Hasan
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 1

The World at his Feet: The Writings of Roger Cohen
Roger Cohen with Ahmed Rashid
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 2

A Portrait of Ismet Chughtai: Defining an Era in Leftwing Urdu Literature
Ameena Saiyid, I. A. Rehman and M. Asaduddin with Ali Madeeh Hashmi
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 3

English Shair o Shairi
Ahsan Akbar, Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi, Shadab Zeest Hashmi
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 4

Chalta Hai!
Book Launch
Implosion: India’s Tryst with Reality
John Elliott with Rahul Singh
11: 15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Hall 5

Footnotes from the Frontline
Joe Sacco, Romesh Gunesekera, Asma Jahangir, Yasmine El Rashidi with Basharat Peer
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 1

The Return of the Butterfly
Moni Mohsin with Saba Imtiaz
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 2

Harf-e-Man-o-Tu (The Long Lost Art of Literary Conversations)
Intizar Husain, Kishwar Naheed, Masood Ashar, Asif Farrukhi
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 3

Book Launch
The Convert
Deborah Baker with Maniza Naqvi
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 4

Revisiting The Murder of Aziz Khan
Zulfikar Ghose with Maryam Wasif Khan
12:30 – 1:30 | Hall 5

Cricket: Pakistan’s Greatest Game
Book Launches
Wounded Tiger and The Unquiet Ones
Peter Oborne and Osman Samiuddin with Kamila Shamsie
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 1

Future of TV News: Journalism or Mirch Masala?
Saad Mohseni, Fahd Husain, Arif Nizami, Munizae Jahangir with Fasih Ahmed
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 2

Chand Phool: The Design Challenge
Amber Sami and Shehnaz Ismail with Naazish Ataullah
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 3

Book Discussion
Udaas Naslein and Beyond
Abdullah Hussain with Asif Farrukhi
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 4

The Stones of Mecca
Ziauddin Sardar with Rafay Alam
2:30 – 3:30 | Hall 5

Living with Internal Differences: The South Asian Dilemma
Romila Thapar, Ayesha Jalal, Asma Jahangir with Khaled Ahmed
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 1

The Incredible World of Comic Journalism
Joe Sacco, Rabih Alameddine, Sabir Nazar with Shaimaa Khalil
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 2

Pakistan’s New Soft Power
Ameena Saiyid, Ishrat Husain, Syeda Abida Hussain with Fahd Husain
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 3

Tilism-e-Hoshruba
Shahnaz Aijazuddin and Salman Akram Raja with Navid Riaz
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 4

Reef and the Ebb and Flow of Sri Lankan Writing
Romesh Gunesekera with Salil Tripathi
3:45 – 4:45 | Hall 5

Secure Again in an Insecure World?
Hari Kunzru, Barnett Rubin, Saad Mohseni, Shekhar Gupta with Ahmed Rashid
5 – 6 | Hall 1

Fifty Shades of Feminism
Presented with UNDP Pakistan
Muneeza Shamsie, Rachel Holmes, Shobhaa De, Yasmine El Rashidi with Nelofar Bakhtyar
5 – 6 | Hall 2

Taking South Asia to Venice
Feroze Gujral and Rashid Rana with Virginia Whiles
5 – 6 | Hall 3

Punjab Da Husn-e-Adab
Qazi Javed and Riaz Ahmed Shad with Mushtaq Soofi
5 – 6 | Hall 4

Book Launch
The Importance of Not Being Earnest
Richard Heller with Peter Oborne
5 – 6 | Hall 5

Performance
One Billion Rising
Eve Ensler with the Rafi Peer Sufi Music Ensemble
6:30 – 8:30 | Hall 1

Please note that the program listed above is tentative and may be subject to change. LLF reserves the right in its sole discretion to change the time, date, hall or speaker for any of the cited panels. Seating shall be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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