The Book of Dhaka is here!

We are really excited to tell you all about our newest release, The Book of Dhaka, which will be officially published on the 26th of October. Between now and then though we have a lot of events planned around the country to give you the chance to learn more about this book and meet some of the contributors.

The Book of Dhaka is the latest instalment in our popular 'Reading the City' series, and allows English readers to explore this massive but largely unexplored capital city through the short stories of Bengali writers. These ten stories have been translated into English for the first time so that a wider audience might enjoy these lively and varied tales about life amidst the bustling streets of Bangladesh's capital. 

This October, Comma bring you three ticketed events, where you can listen to editor Pushpita Alam and author Syed Manzoorul Islam speak about their experiences working on this collection. Syed Manzoorul Islam is a Professor of English at the University of Dhaka, who has published eight volumes of short stories and four novels in Bengali, as well as a volume of self-translated stories in English: The Merman's Prayer and Other Stories. With him will be translator Pushpita Alam, the managing editor of English language publishing house Bengal Lights, and the Dhaka Translation Centre.

For more information and to buy tickets, click through to the event pages:

Thursday 13th October - The Book of Dhaka at the Ideas Store in Whitechapel, London
Learning Lab 1A, 6.30-8.30pm 

Saturday 15th October - The Book of Dhaka at Manchester Literature Festival 
Central Library, 3pm
Tickets £7/£5 (buy online or over the phone) 

Sunday 16th October - The Book of Dhaka at Ilkley Literature Festival
St. Margaret's Hall, 4.45pm
Tickets £5/£3