Publisher Spotlight: Two Lines Press

Two Lines Press is an award-winning press committed to publishing outstanding literature in translation. With the rich publication history of Two Lines serving as its foundation, Two Lines Press specializes in exceptional new writing and overlooked classics that have not previously been translated into English. With books such as Naja Marie Aidt’s Baboon (translated by … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Two Lines Press

Pakistani Author Bilal Tanweer on His Recent Translation of the Classic LOVE IN CHAKIWARA

Originally published on Bookwitty Muhammad Khalid Akhtar (1920–2002), modern Urdu literature's great master, worked as an electrical engineer in Karachi and began writing while still in service. He was a prolific writer whose oeuvre consisted of novels, short stories, essays, reviews, parodies and travelogues. His short story Khoya hua ufaq (written in 1943) was published … Continue reading Pakistani Author Bilal Tanweer on His Recent Translation of the Classic LOVE IN CHAKIWARA

Publisher Spotlight: White Pine Press

White Pine Press is a non-profit literary publisher, established in 1973, which publishes poetry, fiction, essays, and literature in translation from around the world. For the past thirty years we have been at the forefront in bringing the rich diversity of world literature to the English speaking audience. We seek to enrich our literary heritage; … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: White Pine Press

Pakistani Author Maha Khan Phillips on her New Novel, The Curse of the Mohenjodaro

Originally published on Bookwitty Maha Khan Phillips is the author of Beautiful from this Angle and The Mystery of the Aagnee Ruby. She is a financial journalist and the editor of Professional Investor Magazine in the UK, where she lives part of the year, the rest of the time she spends in Karachi. Her novels … Continue reading Pakistani Author Maha Khan Phillips on her New Novel, The Curse of the Mohenjodaro

Publisher Spotlight: Swan Isle Press

The Mission of Swan Isle Press Swan Isle Press is an independent, not-for-profit, literary publisher dedicated to publishing works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction that inspire and educate while advancing the knowledge and appreciation of literature, art, and culture. Since its inception in 1999, a special interest of the Press is publishing books related to … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Swan Isle Press

Title Pick: This Wide Night by Sarvat Hasin

"‘I could not turn back time, I could not give life. All I wanted was to learn what had happened to the Malik sisters.’ The Maliks live a life of relative freedom in 1970s Karachi: four beautiful sisters, Maria, Ayesha, Leila and Beena, are warily watched over by an unconventional mother. Captain Malik is usually … Continue reading Title Pick: This Wide Night by Sarvat Hasin

Publisher Spotlight: Phoneme Media

Phoneme Media is a nonprofit media company dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding, connecting people and ideas through translated books and films. Phoneme Media‘s past and forthcoming books include translations from Arabic, Esperanto, Farsi, French, Hebrew, Isthmus Zapotec, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Mazatec, Mongolian, Nahuatl, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tsotsil, Yucatec Maya, and Zoque. Phoneme Media‘s … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Phoneme Media

Excerpt: Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Inner City The ruination of the inner city was attributed to time’s proclivity for change. It lay abandoned, half buried in and half surrounded by the squalor of shanty towns. New settlements cordoning it on three sides seemed to avoid the shadow of its sunken grandeur. Streets connecting new colonies skirted off its periphery. Links … Continue reading Excerpt: Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi

In ‘1917,’ the Feverish Poetry of Russia’s Revolutions

Few socio-political shifts have seen such immediate, impassioned literary attention as the events that shook Russia in 1917. One hundred years have passed, yet many of the poems and stories wrung from this historic moment remain as able to speak to us as they were a century ago. In 1917: Stories and Poems from the … Continue reading In ‘1917,’ the Feverish Poetry of Russia’s Revolutions

Title Pick: Maidenhair by Mikhail Shiskin

Day after day the Russian asylum-seekers sit across from the interpreter and Peter—the Swiss officers who guard the gates to paradise—and tell of the atrocities they’ve suffered, or that they’ve invented, or heard from someone else. These stories of escape, war, and violence intermingle with the interpreter’s own reading: a his­tory of an ancient Persian … Continue reading Title Pick: Maidenhair by Mikhail Shiskin