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Monday, March 31, 2014

Uzma's radio interview!

The lovely and talented Uzma Aslam Khan recently gave an nearly-hour-long interview on Karachi radio station City FM89, which is now available to hear on the internet. It jumps around a bit due to the songs being excised (many of which Uzee chose) so it can sound slightly choppy... It's fun though, as she chats about doing promo work in Pakistan, about her musical tastes and about other stuff. And of course her books, especially the award-winning Thinner Than Skin

It's all good fun, so lend an ear...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"A large part of writing fiction is waiting for accidents to happen."

Here's a fine interview with Uzma from the Herald magazine, a newsmonthly in Pakistan that also covers culture and the arts. As ever, she speaks eloquently and well about the writing process, what feeds her, and events of the day. All that, plus a lovely picture! what more could you want?

And if you've noticed I've been posting a lot about Uzee lately and not so much about myself, well... yeah. I'm fine on the health front--fully recuperated!--but the career has been in low gear lately. It's conceivable that that might change over the next few months, though, so stay tuned.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Uzee talks at IBA in Karachi

Here's a link to an article about Uzee's recent talk at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi. The pictures from their Facebook page are also fun, and show Uzee's propensity to talk with her hands.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hey, I can post photos again... for now...

Here are some shots of the lovely and talented Uzma Aslam Khan receiving her award at the Karachi Literary Festival last month. The French embassy awarded her a prize, decided upon by a panel of Pakistani judges (yeah, I don't really get it either) for her very awesome book Thinner Than Skin.

Not sure what she's saying here, but she's certainly making an important point...

And here she is at the moment of receiving the award. Nice shoes, Uzee! The old guys sitting in their easy chairs in the background seem mighty pleased with themselves too.

Another "action shot." Love the huge screens in the background with the faces looming down...

And finally, Uzma gets her own looming face in the background (partially obscured, alas) as she makes a few closing remarks. Wish I could have been there, but alas, I was recuperating on the couch and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Happily, these pictures make me feel (almost) like I was (almost) there. Many thanks to Bina Shah, who took the last 3 and shared them with us, and also to Jamal Ashiqain, who took the snazzy black and white one for the Dawn newspaper.

And if I haven't made it clear already, Thinner Than Skin is a mighty fine book and well worth checking out.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hey, it's your new favorite band

Oh wait, I mean my new favorite band...