Pakistani writer Shandana Minhas (Survival Tips for Lunatics, Daddy’s Boy, Tunnel Vision) and playwright Imran Yusuf have launched a new indie publishing house in Karachi. This is great news for all writers in the country, who have languished for years without anyone publishing fiction in Pakistan since Alhamra went dormant and OUP decided not to do fiction anymore.
Mongrel’s first title is out January 25: a collection of new writing from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, the US, the UK, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The anthology series is titled Voices, and the theme of Volume 1 is Breakups, which the editors call “a care package for the thinking ex-lover.”
Poems, lyrical prose, short stories and a comic from established and new writers promise to make a splash on the local and international literature scene. I’m very proud to be published with an extract from my unpublished novel Peter Pochmann Goes to Pakistan. The book will be available at the end of January in print, and an eBook will be on Amazon a week after that.
In the words of the editors, “We feel the book is something special. Compelling. Surprising. International. What more could a little Karachi indie press ask for for its first title?”
They’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Mongrel Books so you can follow them for more details and updates. Meanwhile, feast your eyes on the beautiful front and back covers, designed by Aziza Ahmad.