Independence Award, Ekushey Padak-winning writer and long-time friend of Monsoonletters Selina Hossain has been appointed as the president of Bangla Academy for a three-year term.
The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification to the effect on Thursday.
The eminent writer has authored 41 novels, 36 juvenile books, 15 short stories and 13 essays.
Selina joined Bangla Academy as a research assistant in 1970 and retired as director in 2004. She represented Bangladesh in the UNESCO executive board as a member between 2009 and 2013.
She also served as chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy from 2014 to 2016.
Selina Hossain is replacing Rafiqul Islam who passed away on 30 November last year.