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Book Excerpt: 'The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42'

American edition of

A cautionary tale of 19th-century imperial hubris that still resonates today. In-person appearances by William Dalrymple upcoming at Asia Society New York and Asia Society Northern California.

Interview: Debut Indian Author Dismantles Stereotypes Through Storytelling


Janice Pariat's debut collection of short stories dismantles stereotypical notions of India's Northeast as an ethereal place surrounded by impregnable jungles and hills, untouched by time and modernity.

Photos: Exquisite 'Shahnameh for the Digital Age' Embodies 1,000 Years of Tradition

Hamid Rahmanian and Ahmad Sadri's

In pictures: A stunning new rendition of the Persian national epic encompasses traditional styles dating back hundreds of years. Live webcast of book launch event at tonight, March 6, at 6:30 pm ET.

More About the Iranian Prison Film Jon Stewart is Leaving 'Daily Show' to Direct

For those of you looking for a little more information on what Stewart's directorial debut will be about, we've got you covered. Maziar Bahari appeared at Asia Society New York in 2011 to discuss 'Then They Came For Me.'

Photos: Inaugural Lahore Literary Festival Draws Major Names and Capacity Crowds

The crowd inside the Alhamra Art Center in Lahore, Pakistan on February 23, 2013, Day 1 of the inaugural Lahore Literary Festival. (Saad Sarfraz Sheikh)

A successful two-day event in Pakistan's cultural capital leads to speculation that literary festivals just might be the country's "new soft power."

Guggenheim's 'No Country' Exhibit Bound for Asia Society Hong Kong in Fall

Navin Rawanchaikul,

Lauded by Holland Cotter in the New York Times, a new group exhibition encompasses 22 artists and collectives from the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Watch Asia Make its Mark at the Oscars, Past and Present

L to R: Animation director Erik-Jan De Boer, director Ang Lee, actor Suraj Sharma, composer Mychael Danna, and cinematographer Claudio Miranda attend the 20th Century Fox Academy Award Nominees Celebration on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

As Ang Lee and Argo took home big honors last night, we reflect on the Asian impression left on the Academy Awards.

In 2013, Literature Festival Provides 'Healing Touch' for Troubled Karachi

In 2013, the Karachi Literature Festival grew to three days' worth of events and attracted approximately 15,000 attendees. (Annie Ali Khan)

A festival devoted to reading and writing becomes a political statement in a city where bomb blasts, like thunderstorms, have become part of the natural order.

Video: Lil Buck Dances From Memphis to China to Stephen Colbert


Watch a variety of videos featuring Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, who traveled to China in 2011 with Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and recently appeared on The Colbert Report.

Interview: Novelist Mohsin Hamid Wants You to Get 'Filthy Rich' in a Rising Asia

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Introducing his new book at the Karachi Literature Festival, one of Pakistan's leading younger novelists says, "You have to find new ways of telling stories."