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Happy New Year to our Readers!

Dear Readers,
As we enter 2016, all of us here at Kitaab would like to thank you for your continued support. Your boundless enthusiasm for great literature and your generosity has kept us going!

2015 saw our publishing list expand to five titles. It is a modest beginning but we have bigger plans. For the next year, we already have a good line up of titles for the first two quarters. We have a pile of manuscripts to go through, so we are sure we will find some more gems to publish and rave about.

We are already a 15-member team and we hope to add two new country editors to our team. We will make the announcements early next year!

Kitaab is forging new partnerships to take the Kitaab brand forward. This year, we became partners with the Hyderabad Literary Festival. We will announce some major partnerships soon, which includes our content partnership with a well-known global technology and content platform.

Talking of technology, this year we started live streaming video chats. We hope to do more of these online activities to get writers connected with readers across the barriers of geography. We plan to do book talks, book launches and meet the author sessions through video streaming technology.

We are also starting some offline activities such as readings and workshops to build the Kitaab community. This will start from Singapore and then we will try to take it to other territories too.

We want to take a moment and especially thank those of you who supported our Indiegogo campaign. Though we did not achieve our target but we were encouraged by your response.

We believe that we are about to start on the most exciting part of our journey. In 2016, we set out to realise our complete vision! It will take time but we strongly believe that we will get there with your support and encouragement.

We wish you a very happy and peaceful 2016! 

With warmest wishes,
Team Kitaab

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Ross Adkin joins Kitaab as Editor-at-Large, Nepal

Ross AdkinKitaab is delighted to announce that Ross Adkin has joined the Team Kitaab as Editor-at-Large, Nepal.

Ross Adkin (@ross_adkin) grew up in the north of Scotland and studied South Asian history and languages at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and Cambridge. He works as a freelance journalist in Kathmandu.

“Ross is a welcome addition to our network of editors who care about writing in Asia,” said Zafar Anjum, Kitaab’s Editor-in-Chief. “He will keep our readers updated with the latest news and views on Nepal’s writing scene.”

“Ross is part of a growing team of Kitaab’s editors,” he said. “We already have editors-at-large for Pakistan and Myanmar, and we are looking to appoint more editors from other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, etc. We want to have an editor for each Asian country.”

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Felicia Low-Jimenez joins Kitaab as Interviews Editor

Felicia Low-JimenezKitaab is happy to announce that Singapore-based Felicia Low-Jimenez has joined Team Kitaab as Interviews Editor.

Felicia studied business administration at NUS, Singapore and literature at the University of New England. She has been a geeky bookseller for most of her adult life. She has bought books, sold books, marketed books, and now she co-writes a children’s book series called Sherlock Sam as well as short stories featuring robots, aliens, and ninjas. She spends most of her free time reading, and, when she can afford it, she travels, usually to look for beautiful bookstores around the world.

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Debotri Dhar joins Kitaab as Interviews Editor

Dhar_picWe are happy to announce that Dr. Debotri Dhar is joining Team Kitaab as Interviews Editor.

Dr. Debotri Dhar holds a Bachelor’s degree from Delhi University, India, a Master’s in Women’s Studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, UK, and a Ph.D. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, USA. She previously taught at Rutgers University, held a research affiliation with Boston University, and currently teaches Transnational Feminisms at the College of Wooster, Ohio. Delightfully fond of both fact and fiction, Debotri juggles academic research and teaching with lively bursts of creative writing. Her first novel was penned at eighteen; and her short stories have since been published in literary magazines, journals and anthologies in the UK, USA, India, Canada and elsewhere. Her recent work of fiction Postcards from Oxford: Stories of Women and Travel (London: Roman Books, 2013) was described by the New York Journal of Books as “elegantly written, with poise and control… Themes of outsider-ship, race, love, and nature bind these stories together. As a body of work, they examine what it means for a 21st century woman to travel.” Her second novel, the Courtesans of Karim Street, is to be published shortly.


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Lucas Stewart joins Kitaab as Editor-at-Large, Myanmar

??????????????????????We are happy to announce that Lucas Stewart has joined Team Kitaab as Editor-at-Large, Myanmar.

Lucas Stewart is the British Council’s Literature Advisor in Myanmar working with local writers, publishers and booksellers to develop the literary community since transition.  He focuses on the Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds project that supports freedom of creativity in ethnic nationality literature through short story workshops.  His reportage on Myanmar literature have been commissioned and published by Swedish Pen, English Pen, Asian Cha, Arts Professional and The Diplomat amongst others.  He has advised international literary organisations such as Pen International, Index on Censorship and the British Centre for Literary Translation on the contemporary state of literature in Myanmar.

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Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé joins Kitaab as Poetry Editor

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has recently joined Team Kitaab as poetry editor.

Dez1Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of the novel, Singular Acts of Endearment, as well as three poetry collections. The poetry books are titled: I Didn’t Know Mani Was A Conceptualist, The Arbitrary Sign, and Sanctus Sanctus Dirgha Sanctus. Publisher at Squircle Line Press, Desmond has edited over fifteen books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. Trained in publishing at Stanford, with a world religions masters from Harvard and creative writing masters from Notre Dame, his honors include the PEN American Center Shorts Prize, Cyclamens & Swords Poetry Prize, Notre Dame Poetry Fellowship, National Arts Council Creation Grant, NAC Gardens-by-the-Bay Residency, Singapore International Foundation Grant, Stepping Stones Nigeria Poetry Prize, and Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize, among other awards. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay, his ceramic works housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, UK, and USA.


Mushtaq Bilal joins Kitaab as Editor-at-large, Pakistan

Mushtaq Bilal has joined the Team Kitaab as Editor-at-Large, Pakistan.

Mushtaq BilalMushtaq Bilal is a doctoral candidate at National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan. His reviews, essays, translations, blogs, and interviews have appeared in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Postcolonial Text, Contemporary South Asia, the Annual of Urdu Studies, The News on Sunday, Dawn Books and Authors, and the European Graduate School’s website. Currently, he is working on a collection of interviews with Pakistani English fiction writers and is translating Ikramullah’s Urdu fiction into English.