About the event
This month, we’re thrilled to have acclaimed author, Sabyn Javeri join us to discuss Hijabistan, her provocative new book of short stories that explores the link between the hijab and identity. Join us for an exclusive evening with the author where she will be in conversation with writer and critic, Hamna Zubair, and will later read an excerpt from the novel and sign copies for the audience.
Set in Pakistan and the UK, Hijabistan is a collection of short stories that revolves around women from different backgrounds with their attire as the centrepiece of their struggles and triumphs. One woman uses her hijab to help her steal, another uses it to assert her identity in a foreign land. One finds battle lines drawn across her faith, the other finds them drawn across her body. Despite all their differences however, they are united by the all-encompassing veil that either crushes or shelters them.
After her electrifying debut, Sabyn Javeri once again turns comfortably held notions on their head and uses her fiction to add to the debate about the veil that has been raging both at home and abroad.
Don’t miss this chance to discuss one of the hottest new books on Pakistan’s literary scene, and have your questions answered by the author herself!
Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
About the author:
Dr. Sabyn Javeri is an Assistant Professor at the Arzu center for Literature and Languages at Habib University. She has a Masters from Oxford University and a doctorate from the University of Leicester. She is an award-winning short story writer and the author of best-selling novel ‘Nobody Killed Her’. Hijabistan is her newly released short story collection.
About the moderator:
Hamna Zubair is a writer, critic and Culture Editor at Dawn.com. Her work has appeared in local and international publications like Vogue, Slate, Newsline and Herald.
This event is open to the public and is recommended for ages 18 and above.
Prior registration is mandatory; walk-ins will not be allowed.
All registered participants are required to bring their original CNIC, Passport or Library Membership card to the event.
Location: British Council Karachi Library
Date: Sunday, 28 April 2019
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Registrations close on Friday, 26 April 2019.