Coming soon from Kitaab: The Librarian by Kavitha Rao


“The Librarian” is a dark, powerful novel that will appeal to everybody who has ever loved a book, or found happiness in a library.

Kitaab Singapore is pleased to announce its upcoming fiction title, The Librarian by Indian author Kavitha Rao. This is her first work of fiction.

The novel is slated to be launched at the Singapore Writers Festival 2017 in November.

Synopsis of the novel

“That was the beginning of my great love affair with the Macmillan, and my journey through the tangled, knotty forest of literature, with Shekhar, that most kindly and yet intimidating of guides.”

Ever since she could read, Vidya Patel realised that she preferred books to humans. Her family disapproves, but Vidya meanders through life with her nose in a book. When she is ten, she visits the Macmillan, a struggling heritage library in Mumbai. It is in the Macmillan that Vidya truly, finally, feels whole.

Vidya befriends Shekhar Raghavan, the brilliant, eccentric librarian, who becomes her mentor. As soon as she is old enough, she joins the library as a junior librarian, and throws herself into keeping the Macmillan going, with consequences she could never have foreseen. She also learns the destructive power of obsession, and what it does to people. Will Vidya be able to save the Macmillan? And at what cost?

“The Librarian” is a dark, powerful novel that will appeal to everybody who has ever loved a book, or found happiness in a library.

About the Author

Kavitha Rao is a journalist and author based in Bangalore, India. She writes on current affairs, the arts, health and the environment for a number of international magazines including the Guardian, the New York Times, Quartz, NPR, Mint and several others. Her first book, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Journalism (but didn’t know whom to ask)” , a guide to breaking into freelance journalism, was published by Westland in 2014.

“The Librarian” is her first novel, inspired by a news story she did on a struggling heritage library. When Kavitha is not writing, she is usually reading. She enjoys literary fiction, historical fiction, and detective novels.

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