Pakistan Launch of Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif | Lahore Library

Pakistan Launch of Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif | Lahore Library

Saturday 8th December 17:00 19:00

Join us at the exclusive Pakistan launch of Mohammed Hanif's highly acclaimed new novel!

About the event

The British Council Library in Lahore is thrilled to be hosting an exclusive evening with Muhammad Hanif upon the publication of his most recent and highly acclaimed novel, Red Birds. Marked with his trademark satire and wit, alternating between slapstick and poignant, this novel is a resounding critique of both the production and ravages of modern war. Red Birds is nothing if not a conversation-starter.

Hanif will be in conversation with Aysha Raja, owner of the ‘The Last Word’ bookstore.

Hanif will also read an excerpt from Red Birds, and will later be taking questions from the audience. The lively discussion will be followed by canapés.

About the author:

Muhammad Hanif is one of Pakistan’s most important literary voices – uncompromising, nuanced and deeply grounded. A career journalist who switched to fiction, Red Birds is his third novel. His first novel ‘A Case of Exploding Mangos’ was long-listed for the Man Booker prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and won the Commonwealth First Book and the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prizes. His second novel ‘Our Lady of Alice Bhatti’ was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His work has been published in The Daily Telegraph, The New Yorker and The Washington Post, and he writes a monthly opinion piece for The New York Times. He has also been awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.


  • Discussion – 5:00 PM
  • Reading from Red Birds – 5:45 PM
  • Q&A – 6:00 PM
  • High Tea – 6:30 PM

This event is open to the public and is appropriate for ages 18 and above. It is FREE for library members.

Registration fee for non-members is PKR 300 per participant.

Prior registration is mandatory; walk-ins will not be allowed.

To register, please click here.

If you face any difficulty in registering for this event, please write to us at librarylhr@britishcouncil.org.pk

Tickets for the event will be available from 10 AM, on Saturday 1st December and can be bought at Daftarkhwan in Gulberg (90-B Hali Rd, Block B Gulberg 2, Lahore, Punjab 54660, Pakistan. Phone No. +92 348 1113331) and DHA (45 A Khayaban-e-Iqbal, Sector XX DHA Phase 3, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Phone No. +92 348 1113331).

For each ticket that you buy, please fill in the accompanying form (with a serialised ticket number, full name, email address and CNIC number) in the dropbox at the location.

Seats are limited so registrations will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration will close on Friday, 7 December 2018 by 12 PM.

Please note that free valet parking is available for all our events, but must be used at the vehicle owner's risk.


Open to the public