The Literary Consultancy is excited to be working in association with Staple Magazine on an innovative showcase for its writing talent, both online and live at the Free Word Centre. See TLC Showcase Introduction for more on this and showcase editor Wayne Burrows.
Once a month we will highlight the work of one author whose work we have helped en route to commercial publication, or whose work a reader particularly championed.
We look forward to reading your feedback or comments on our Facebook group page.
This month’s showcase author is:
Neamat Imam (born January 5, 1971) is a Bangladeshi-Canadian author of literary fiction.
He holds a PhD in theatre studies and has taught English at Chittagong University and Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh before moving to Canada.
His first book, Paravarty Drishwa (1996), a play, was published by the Bangla Academy under its Young Writers Project. It was followed by two novellas, Elephant Road (1997) and Boidik (The Vedic Moment: 1999), and a collection of poetry, Amaar Rashtro Amaar Nagorik (My Country My Citizens: 2010), all published in Dhaka.
The Black Coat, his first novel, and his first book in English, was published by the Penguin Group (Penguin Books India) in May 2013. In a feature on 17 January 2013, Press Trust of India (PTI) considered the novel one of the “must read” books of 2013.
He lives in Edmonton with his wife He Wen Shu.
“I can’t think of many contemporary novels that have an ambitious canvas, that make political, social commentary, but also touch your heart because they are written with compassion, experience, wisdom and psychological depth.” Kavita Bhanot
From the introduction – included in the showcase.
“Mass graves were discovered in different parts of the country. The buried were exhumed and reburied. Roads were cleansed. Walls were washed to make room for new graffiti. Pakistani tanks, weapon carriers, personnel carriers, ambulances, helicopters and supply trucks—burnt out, blood-spattered and broken—were removed from the streets. Offices and marketplaces hoisted new flags.”
Extract from ‘The Black Coat’– included in the showcase.
Extract: The Black Coat
About the Writer