Riz Khan Chooses Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012 to Launch First Novel

Thursday, 23 February, 2012

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012 announced today that Riz Khan will launch his first novel – and first venture into fiction – at the Festival on 9 March.

The Festival will be held in Dubai between the 6-10 March 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage.

Khan is an internationally-renowned television broadcaster who helped set up and shape the world’s three leading rolling news networks – BBC World, CNN International and Al Jazeera English. Recognised and respected around the globe for his high-profile interviews with leading figures in politics, entertainment, business and sports, Khan is admired for giving audiences  a perspective that encourages independent reflection.
 Riz Khan's first book, Alwaleed: Businessman, Billionaire, Prince, was an international success and a bestseller in the Middle East and has been translated into nine languages.

The novel, We Interrupt Our Programming…, is set in the fast-paced world of international television news and is a behind the scenes comedic drama. The title comes from Khan's experience regularly having to cut into regular programming for 'breaking news' stories.

Khan offers the reader a candid look at some of the quirky happenings that might take place in the fast-paced world of global TV journalism with a unique take on the kinds of people drawn to the business.

'It’s fiction,' emphasises Khan, 'but it makes you wonder what really goes on behind the scenes at an international news channel. I never ceased to be amazed at how life imitates art and I want the reader to be left intrigued, curious, and thinking about what they watch on their small screen. Above all, I want the reader to laugh!'

In addition to launching his new novel, audiences at the LitFest will have the chance to listen to Khan in conversation with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Coll on 8 March and BBC news legend Jeremy Bowen on 9 March. Khan and Bowen were on the prestigious BBC News Trainee Scheme around the same time in the late 1980s. They will all also be participating in the Media Conflict panel on 10 March.

'It is a great honour to have Riz Khan introduce his first novel at the Festival, and I am sure the book will take us all on an exhilarating adventure,' said Festival Director Isobel Abulhoul.

'We are also delighted to have Riz as our interviewer for both Steve Coll and Jeremy Bowen.  This is an extraordinary line-up of news titans who will shed significant light on the complexities of today’s world.'

Riz Khan: We Interrupt Our Programming… – A Novel
In conversation with Shahnaz Pakravan
Event 049 Friday 9 March 18:00-19:00
Al Baraha 3, InterContinental Hotel
AED 65

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The programme and attending authors will be updated on a regular basis at www.emirateslitfest.com

For more information please contact:

Mohammed Barghuthi, Communications Manager, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Mohammed.barghuthi@emirateslitfest.com  Telephone: 04 353 4002 / 050 714 7170

Christina Bruce, Head of Communications, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Christina.bruce@emirateslitfest.com Telephone 04 353 4002

About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events.  With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for all sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.

The 2012 Festival will be held between March 6-10, 2012 at Al Mamzar Theatre and the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City. Details at www.emirateslitfest.com

About Emirates

Dubai-based Emirates Airline is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and has received more than 400 international awards for excellence. Emirates now flies to114 destinations in 67 countries. The airline reported a net profit of US$1.5 billion for the last fiscal year. Emirates operates 159 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and has orders for an additional 192 aircraft, worth more than US$66 billion.

About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world. The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai.

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