The Book of Dhaka authors

Akhteruzzaman Elias is widely regarded by critics as one of Bangladesh’s greatest fiction writers, despite having written only two novels and 22 short stories before his untimely death in 1997.

Anwara Syed Haq is a prominent Bengali writer and distinguished psychiatrist by profession, with numerous publications to her name.

Bipradash Barua is one of the most distinguished and prolific writers of fiction in Bangladesh with over 140 books and countless awards.

Moinul Ahsan Saber is one of Bangladesh’s leading fiction writers, with a literary career spanning over three decades. He first came into the limelight following the publication of his debut collection of short stories, Porasto Sahish, in 1982.

Parvez Hossain is prominent in contemporary Bangladeshi fiction. His anthology, Dubochor, was named Book of the Year by Prothom Alo in 2013.

Rashida Sultana is a writer and poet, she has published several short story collections and is currently working for the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur, Sudan.

Salma Bani is a powerful contemporary voice in Bangladeshi fiction. An alumnus of the University of Dhaka, she has published numerous novels and now lives and writes in Canada.

Shaheen Akhtar is the highly acclaimed author of four novels and five collections of short stories. Recently, she was awarded the Bangla Academy Shahitya Puroshkar prize for fiction and currently works for the Bangladeshi human rights/legal aid organisation ASK.

Syed Manzoorul Islam has published short stories and novels in Bengali aswell as a volume of self-translated short stories in English, titled The Merman's Prayer and Other Stories. He is on the panel of editors of Jamini, an international journal of arts, and Six Seasons Review, a literary journal. Islam is a professor of English at the University of Dhaka.

Wasi Ahmed is an award-winning novelist and short story writer whose works, in the original Bengali aswell as in translation, have been anthologised extensively in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Currently associated with an English daily in Bangladesh, Ahmed will participate in the International Writing Programme – Fall Residency, hosted by the University of Iowa, in 2016.