dartmouth house, in charles street in london’s mayfair, welcomed writers, publishers, critics, friends, members of literary organizations interested in writing from Bangladesh from all over – the uk, los angeles, the south asian diaspora, and Bangladesh – to a launch-cum-recital of literary works on 4 june 2014.
the former contestant of the apprentice raef bjayou zestfully compered the evening, displaying the brio that won him a national following. guests were entertained by passages from two books published by unnamed press in los angeles, connected to bengal lights books. walker on water by kristiina ehin published by unnamed was read by yvonne martin, and good night mr kissinger by k. anis ahmed which he read.
khademul islam, editor of bengal lights, after a short roundup of bangladeshi writers/writing in English, informed the guests of ulab-centered organization – the bengal lights books publication enterprise and soon-to-be-founded translation center – which is spearheading english language literary journal and book publications dhaka, bangladesh. ahsan akbar read from his book of poems, the devil’s thumbprint as did tariq ali in an impromptu act.
the event was organized by zephyr:media.