Sunday, September 26, 2010

Granta 112: Pakistan




Granta's issue 112 is on Pakistan. Is my country enjoying a literary renaissance? You decide! Whether you agree or not, the cover, by the truck artist Islam Gull, is beautiful, no? There is also some stunning artwork within the issue itself, often in conjunction with the writing, and the result is quite lovely. Copies can be ordered on Granta’s website, as well as through several online bookstores, and at the many events being organized to launch this issue around the world. For details please see: http://www.granta.com/Magazine/112

I’ll be at Lit Crawl in San Francisco next month, where I’ll discuss, among other things, my short story in the Granta issue, titled, “Ice, Mating.” (I love the title; why is nobody talking about the title?!) Lit Crawl, the final day of Lit Quake Literary Festival, is on October 9th. I’ll be speaking/reading from 7:15-8:15 at Modern Times bookstore on 888 Valencia Street in the Mission. Hope to see you there!

While in the Bay Area, I'll also be reading at Revolution Books in Berkeley, 2425 Channing Way, off of Telegraph Avenue. (For details please call (510) 8481196 or visit: http://www.revolutionbooks.org/p/events-calendar.html) This reading will be on October 12th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. At Revolution Books I'll be reading from my third novel, recently released, The Geometry of God.

An exciting side note about The Geometry of God. It won the Bronze Award in the Independent Publishers Books Awards 2010, was selected as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009, and was a finalist of Foreword Magazine’s Best Books of 2009.

3 comments:

Zafar Syed said...
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Zafar Syed said...

Yes, a very imaginative and apt title indeed for the wonderful story. In fact, when I read the first few paragraphs of the story, I was forced to put down the magazine and take a walk before resuming it. I could't believe what I was reading.

By the way, does such a ceremony really take place in Kaghan? I know Kaghan has its fair share of glaciers (Two Wheels Over Nine Glaciers) but I thought Baltistan (the largest glaciers outside the poles, etc.) would be a likelier backdrop.

Uzma Aslam Khan said...

Thanks for your comment, Zafar, and for visiting my blog. Sorry it's taken a few days to reply.

In the story, the ceremony takes place somewhere north of Kaghan. (The exact location is kept vague, call it poetic license.) As far as glacier density goes, absolutely, Baltistan has more, though the last time I was in Kaghan Valley going north through Chilas, I was struck by how many we passed.