Authors: Michael Lynes, Saba Karim Khan, Shahana Raza, Padmini Sankar
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It has been a tough year for book launches, and the LitFest Launchpad is our attempt to fix that and give UAE-based authors a chance to introduce their latest works to audiences.
The authors in this session write in a variety of genres but all have in common their mission to bring to vivid life characters from different times and places whose stories can teach us something important.
Each speaker in today’s event will answer questions about their own book before introducing the next author. The perfect way to discover and support the UAE’s fantastic writing community!
Michael Lynes writes historical mysteries and has a particular interest in early sixteenth century Andalucia, the setting for his Isaac Alvarez Mysteries. He was a winner of the 2020 Emirates LitFest Writing Prize and is an alumnus of the Faber Academy’s Writing a Novel course.
Short-story writer and author Padmini Sankar has lived in Dubai for many years. Her debut novel is The Mother of all Parties, a fun romp through the life of a Dubai socialite. Well received, it is soon to be made into a movie and she is working on a sequel as well as a new collection of stories and a historical novel.
Saba Karim Khan is an author, award-winning filmmaker and educator. Her debut novel Skyfall has been praised as a “powerful, soulful and timely debut”. Her documentary Concrete Dreams: Some Roads Lead Home won the Excellence award at the Docs Without Borders Film Festival, among other accolades.
Shahana Raza is the granddaughter of Saeeda Bano, the first female Urdu newsreader and an unconventional and highly accomplished woman living through the upheavals of independence and partition. A journalist herself, with experience in television, radio and print, Shahana has translated her grandmother’s biography Off the Beaten Track into English.
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