Samira Shackle, author of KARACHI VICE, in conversation with Audrey Nowakowski - a virtual Boswell event
Boswell presents a special afternoon discussion with Samira Shackle, author of Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City. Shackle will be in conversation with Audrey Nowakowski, a producer, host, and reporter for WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect.
Karachi. Pakistan’s largest city is a sprawling metropolis of twenty million people, twice the size of New York City. It is a place of political turbulence in which those who have power wield it with brutal and partisan force. It takes an insider to know where is safe, who to trust, and what makes Karachi tick.
In this powerful debut, Samira Shackle explores the city of her mother’s birth in the company of a handful of Karachiites. Their individual experiences unfold and converge, as Shackle tells the bigger story of Karachi over the past decade as it endures a terrifying crime wave: a period in which the Taliban arrive in Pakistan, adding to the daily perils for its residents and pushing their city into the international spotlight.
Samira Shackle is the editor of New Humanist magazine and a regular contributor to the Guardian Long Read. She frequently reports from Pakistan, where she has family, and spent extensive time there working on the book. She has twice been a media fellow at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference, and in 2019 she was made a MacDowell fellow.