"The body seeks London, Lahore, Delhi, Islamabad.  To my soul, the streets anywhere are the streets of Karachi" 
-- from Harris Khaliq's poem, Karachi, that he recited at the 1st Karachi Literature Festival



            Formal Inauguration
            Speakers: Mashhood Rizvi, Asif Farrukhi, Ameena Saiyid, Bapsi Sidhwa, and Shamsur Rehman Faruqui

11am-12 noon

            Maharani room
            Transplanted Flowers: Conversation and Readings with Aamer Hussein
            Moderator: Muneeza Shamsie

            Maharaja room
            Conversation and Readings with Kishwar Naheed
            Moderator: Durdana Soomro

11am - 1pm

            Sahr 1 room
            Workshop on creative writing by Adrian Hussain

12 noon - 1pm

            Maharaja room
            Panel Discussion on Literature from Pakistan: Old, New and Across Languages
            Moderator: Asif Farrukhi. Panelists: Kishwar Naheed, Aamer Hussein, Masood Ashar, and Intizar Hussain

            Maharani room
            Conversation and Readings with Bapsi Sidhwa
            Moderator: Ishrat Lindblad

1pm - 2pm LUNCH

2pm - 3pm

            Maharaja room
            Conversation and Readings with Mohammad Hanif
            Moderator: Sadia Shepard

            Maharani room
            Literature and Humour with Sarfraz Manzoor
            Moderator: Asif Noorani

3pm - 4pm

            Maharaja room
            Panel Discussion: Literature and Activism
            Moderator: Sunil Sethi. Panelists: Mohammad Hanif, Fahmida Riaz, and Arfa Syeda Zehra

            Maharani room
            Book Launches, Zakhm Ka Nishan by Susan Abulhawa translated by Masood Ashar
            Shadianey by Naguib Mehfouz translated by Fahmida Riaz
            Moderators: Obaid Siddiqui and Ghazi Salahuddin

4pm - 5pm

Maharaja room--Talk by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi ‘Urdu ki Majmooi Sooretehaal’
Moderator: Iftikhar Arif

Maharani room--Conversation and Readings with, Zulfikar Ghose
Moderator: Ishrat Lindblad

5pm - 6pm

Maharani room-- Conversation and Readings with Sara MacDonald and Sadia Shepard Moderator: Raza Rumi

5pm - 7pm

Scellinas room-- Urdu Poetry Reading (Mushaira)
Conductor: Fatima Hassan
Participants: Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Iftikhar Arif, Zehra Nigah, Fahmida Riaz, Kishwar Naheed, Saher Ansari, Anwar Shaoor, Shahida Hassan, Harris Khalique, Ajmal Siraj, Imdad Hussaini, and Kashif Hussain Ghayar

6pm - 7pm

Maharani room-- Conversation and Readings with Maniza Naqvi and Sehba Sarwar. Moderator: Ayesha Tammy Haq

9pm onwards, Dance Performance by Sheema Kermani and Group at the Karachi Arts Council


10am - 11am

Maharani room-- A Tribute to Quratulain Hyder, Moderator: Raza Rumi, Panelists: Intizar Husain, Fahmida Riaz, Aamer Hussain, and Arfa Syeda Zehra

Sahr 1, Maharaja, Board Room 1/ Banquet Office--Reading and story telling sessions for families and children. Authors/ Story-tellers: Saman Shamsie, Zara Mumtaz, and Musharraf Ali Farooqi. Moderator: Raheela Baqai, Nida Dossa, and Seema Khan

11am - 12 Noon

Maharaja room-- Book Launches: 50 Poems: 30 Selected 20 New, by Zulfikar Ghose; Home Boy, by Husain Naqvi. Moderators: Amberina Kazi and Ishrat Lindblad

Scellinas room-- Launch of The Oxford Book of Urdu Short Stories Selected and Translated by Amina Azfar, followed by discussion on the world of Urdu short stories. Intizar Hussain to launch. Moderator: Asif Farrukhi. Speakers: Hasan Manzar, Asad Mohammad Khan, and Aamer

12 noon - 1pm

Maharani room-- From Manuscript to Bestseller. An interactive session with Ameena Saiyid and Asif Noorani. Moderator: Ishrat Lindblad

Maharaja room-- Panel Discussion on Sufism and Literature. Moderator: Raza Rumi. Panelists: Samina Quraeshi, and Mahmood Jamal

1pm - 2pm LUNCH

2pm - 3pm

Maharaja room--Book Launch, Look at the City from Here: Karachi Writings. Selected and Edited by Asif Farrukhi. Zehra Nigah to launch. Moderator: Obaid Siddiqui. Writers: Hasan Manzar, Fahmida Riaz, and Harris Khalique

Maharani room--Conversation and Readings with, Iftikhar Arif Moderator: Ghazi Salahuddin

3pm - 4pm

Maharaja room--Panel Discussion, Literature in Translation. Moderator: Musharraf Ali Farooqi. Panelists: Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Fahmida Riaz, and Durdana Soomro

Maharani room--Conversation and Readings with with Intizar Hussain and Asad Mohammad Khan. Moderator: Harris Khalique

4pm - 5pm

Maharani room--Conversation and Readings with Mohsin Hamid. Moderator: Sunil Sethi

Maharaja room--Conversation and Readings with Fahmida Riaz. Moderator: Raza Rumi.

5pm - 6pm

Scellinas room--Crossing Borders, Readings from Eqbal Ahmed by Zohra Yusuf. Moderator: Irfan Husain. Panelists: Mohammad Hanif, Fahmida Riaz, and Wasif Rizvi

Maharani room--Conversation and Readings with Victoria Schofield Moderator: Ayesha Tammy Haq,

6pm- 7pm

Maharani room--Panel Discussion on Contemporary South Asian English Literature: Its Role and Challenges Today. Moderator: Muneeza Shamsie. Panelists: Mohammad Hanif, Sarfaraz Manzoor, and Sadia Shepard

6pm - 7pm

Maharaja room --Conversation and Readings with Zehra Nigah. Moderator: Fatima Hassan

7-8 pm, Closing Party open to all attendees present: samosas, pakoras, cake, tea, coffee, and mineral water will be served.

9pm onwards Play by Tehrik-e-Niswan (Sheema Kermani and group) - Venue: Arts Council, Karachi