, author of more than 60 books, Hoque also writes poetry, television and film scripts, and a newspaper column. His novels include Aetodin Kothai Chhilen [Where Have You Been] (2009), which won the Citi Bank-Anando Alo Award for Best Novel; Maa [Mother] (2003); Andhokarer Aeksho Bachhor [One Hundred Years of Darkness] (1993) and others. He has written for many television dramas and four feature-length films, receiving awards as a fiction writer and playwright. Trained as a civil engineer, Hoque is now the deputy editor of the daily Prothom Alo. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.