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The seventh annual Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) took place from Feb. 22 to 24 at the Alhamra Arts Center, Mall Road. Over 160 delegates from Pakistan and the world over convened to explore all things literature in 75 sessions over the course of three days.

Leila Aboulela—one of our favorite writers—was there as a featured guest, alongside Ben Okri, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, and other exciting names in the global literary scene. She participated in two panels. The first one was titled “Us versus Them, Whose Right it is Anyway to Migrate?” and the second “Women Past Categorization.”

Seeing that the festival is one of Pakistan’s most visible literary platforms, it presented a fantastic opportunity for Aboulela to launch her new novel Bird Summons, a genre-bending story about three muslim women and their shared experience of a life-changing encounter.

If you missed our feature on Bird Summons, read here. Get Bird Summons here.

Here are some of photos from the event.

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