This year, an added feature of the Karachi Literature Festival was awards for books written on various subjects by Pakistanis.
The three prizes offered were: German embassy prize for a book promoting international peace, French embassy prize for best fiction and Coca Cola prize for non-fiction.
The German embassy prize was bagged by noted author and intellectual, Akbar Ahmed, for his work titled ‘Thistles and Drones’. The prize was given away by German consul-general Tilo Klinner.
Since the author was not in the country, the prize was received by former provincial minister Shafqat Jamote on his behalf. The French embassy prize for best fiction was awarded to Uzma Aslam Khan for ‘Thinner than skin’ by French ambassador Philippe Thiebaud.
In the third category, the Coca Cola Prize for non-fiction was taken away by Usama Siddique for his book ‘Pakistan’s experience with formal law’ and was given away by Zohair Sharif.