A bit of good news dropped in my inbox this morning: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) just announced the National Literary Awards for 2009 and 2010 and looks like my book Saffron Dreams has won the Patras Bukhari Award for English Language.
These awards are given by the Pakistan Academy of Letters for the best literary books written during the year in Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi, Seraiki, Brahvi, Hindko and English language. Previous years’ winners include renowned authors like Kamila Shamsie, Nadeem Aslam, and my dear friend Bapsi Sidhwa. I am honored to join their ranks.
The Pakistan Academy of Letters was established in July 1976 as an autonomous organization under Pakistan’s Federal Ministry of Education with a view to promoting and fostering literary activities in the country and systemizing the support mechanism to scholars and writers in the pursuit of their research and creative works.
News of the announcements is here: