Book Club New Pick Announced; Expansion Plans

Book clubs are being launched in both Islamabad and Karachi, which has started its own thread. Email us for more details and to put you in touch with our coordinator in the city. Meanwhile, we’re still looking for reading material and because we’ve kept an open and revolving door policy, your material will be presented in a first come, first serve basis so if you’re interested, now’s the time to let us know!

Meanwhile, we’re issuing a formal invitation to anyone in Islamabad to attend our next discussion meeting. Have your thoughts and ideas at hand. Without further ado, your invite:

Heralded as a breakthrough first novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes reimagines the conspiracies and coincidences that led to the mysterious and still unexplained 1988 plane crash of Gen Zia-ul-Haq.

On August 2, we invite you to join us at the Paper Microphone Cafe to discuss the book over coffee, muffins and other delightful delicacies.

The What: Desi Writers Lounge Book Club Meeting #2

The When: Sunday, August 2, 2009 @ 6 PM (please be punctual)

The Where: Paper Microphone Cafe (2nd Floor, Main School Road, Super Market right after the Shell petrol Pump)

The Registration Details: Click here

The Extras: If you can’t find a copy of the book at your local bookstore, you can always order it online at Liberty Books. Not pimping out their service or anything, but the prices are great and shipping is free so what’s not to love?! 🙂

The RSVPs: Won’t be there? Not enough time to finish? Bringing in a guest? Mail in your comments here. Also, if you’ve already registered prior to this posting, please don’t register again.

Hope to see you there!


Possible TCF-DWL Collaboration

A few months ago, we were considering extending the muscle of Desi Writers Lounge towards social work and to that effect, had a meeting with representatives of The Citizens Foundation (TCF). With both parties suitably interested, we’ll be taking a trip down to their two schools close to Islamabad to assess the situation.

Our ideas included holding a book club/reading session and a creative writing workshop, both activities conducted in the English language. Needless to say, we’re looking for volunteers interested in literary and educational progress. So if you’re interested, drop me a line with your name and any questions or suggestions you may have.

We’re committed to this project and are looking for individuals who can help us further the cause.

– MP

Readings Soon To Be In Session Again

We realize it’s been a while since our last reading session and want to give our member- and readership a heads up that we’ll be taking material in for July’s session now. If you’re interested and/or know others you might be interested, direct them to this post.

Pieces (poetry, prose, random rants of non-fiction) can now be sent into Registration for the reading will be opening up shortly. Watch this space and our website.

Any questions, you know where to find us!


Book Club Discussion Meeting Date Set

The time, date and venue for the first DWL book club session for Daniyal Mueenuddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders have now been finalized. For those of you who’ve registered, the email will go out shortly. For anyone else that hasn’t registered, but has read the book and might decide to join us, the open invite is below:

The What: Desi Writers Lounge Book Club Meeting to discuss In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
The When: Sunday, June 21 @ 5PM
The Where: Mocca Coffee, Shop No. 1, Kohsar Market (Right above Al Saleem Salon)
The RSVPs:,
The Extras: Bring along your notes, thoughts and opinions about the book. Maybe bring the book with you to point out your favorite passages and why they rang home to you as much as they did…alternatively, you can use your copy to effectively debunk the opinions of somebody else!

So that’s about it.