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Line-up of authors for Emirates Festival of Literature revealed

The event to be held from March 1-12, 2016, will feature more than 140 writers from 30 countries

The 2016 edition of the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature was officially launched on Tuesday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Festival City, with the complete line-up of participating writers revealed. Read more

Foreign authors warned about book censorship in China

Books translated for the fast-growing Chinese market may be censored without their authors’ knowledge, a writers’ advocacy group reports: The Guardian

A US-based advocacy group is warning Western authors to be vigilant about censorship of their work, which is sometimes done without their knowledge, in China’s fast-growing book publishing industry.

A report on Wednesday from the PEN American Center says translated versions of foreign books may be expurgated because of political sensitivities about such topics as Taiwan, Tibet and the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on democracy protesters. But sexually explicit material and references to gay and lesbian issues are also frowned upon. Read more

Kitaab to organise its first ever book-inspired conference series on startups in Asia

Startup Capitals Singapore conference & book launch to be held on May 20

startup capitals EDMStartup Capitals, a thought-leadership conference based on the recently published book authored by Singapore-based author and journalist, Zafar Anjum, will be held on May 20. The one-day conference which will also witness the official release of the book, celebrates the innovation/startup ecosystem of cities that are making a mark on the world map. It brings together all the stakeholders in a startup ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators, researchers and educational specialists, government leaders and venture capitalists, under one roof who champion innovation and who are passionate about taking their innovation ecosystem to the next level.

The one-day conference in Singapore on May 20 at The POD, NLB, 100 Victoria Street will have Mr Steve Leonard, Executive Dy Chairman, IDA, deliver a key note speech on “Building the World’s First Smart Nation.” Mr Zachary Caceres, award winning writer, entrepreneur and Director of Startup Cities Institute based in Guatemala City will deliver key note speech on “Startup Cities, Micro reforms and treating governance services as a technology for start-ups to innovate.”

This uniquely curated programme offers a chance to hear and interact with the thought-leaders and entrepreneurs who are leading the change in the world and who are committed to making the world a better place. One of the sessions, Innovation Express will showcase some of the most innovative and successful ideas and start-ups from Singapore.

For a detailed agenda please log in to www.startupcapitals.com. Read more

Persian literature seats to increase in Italy

Iranian Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ali Jannati who is heading a delegation in Italy met with his Italian Education Minister Stefania Giannini in Rome on first day of his visit on Friday.

The two sides stressed necessity of strengthening and expansion of scientific ties on archaeology, human sciences and Persian and Italian literatures between universities of the two countries.

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10 notable moments from this year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

As the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature wrapped up its seventh edition over the weekend, here’s a look at 10 of this year’s noteworthy moments.

Welcome to wonderland

The festival kicked off last Tuesday with a glittering opening ceremony at the Cultural and Scientific Association in Al Mamzar. Director Isobel Abulhoul set the scene, describing the festival theme of “wonderland” as “about making the black squiggles on the white page leap out at us with images so real and believable that fiction becomes fact or fact becomes fiction, characters become our friends or enemies, and heroes become villains”.

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Zee Jaipur Literature Festival: After Narcopolis, Jeet Thayil plans to cut an album

Jeet Thayil-NarcopolisAfter the success of his debut novel Narcopolis (2012), poet Jeet Thayil has turned to songwriting. A part of the Sridhar-Thayil duo, he is also cutting an album with his six-piece band called ‘Still Dirty’, which would perform at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 on Thursday. At the sidelines of the festival, Thayil spoke exclusively with dna about life after Narcopolis and why he is putting off writing another novel.

“There is also a novel in the offing,” he said. “I’d better not talk about it. The last time I talked about it, I jinxed it a little. That’s writing. Writers tend to be a suspicious bunch. Obsession, anxieties, rituals, appalling discoveries about your worst inner recesses, hopefully, served up with black humour. The kind of humour that doctors share.”

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Vishal Bhardwaj not yet ready to give up on Shakespeare, may direct a comedy next based on bard’s play

OmkaraEven though Vishal Bhardwaj has made a trilogy based on Shakespeare’s work already, the director doesn’t mind making a few more films based on the bard’s work.

During a short chat up at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, the filmmaker revealed that while he hasn’t planned his next film yet, he would like to take up more of Shakespeare’s work for films. “Perhaps a comedy next based on one his plays,” quips Bhardwaj. Read more

Mishima: sliced from the shackles of time

Review of Yokio Mishima by Damian Flanagan: Japan Times

MishimaPart of the originality of Damian Flanagan’s latest work rests in its approach to time, the author contending that a unique approach to the temporal was a key factor in Mishima’s life and death. Flanagan points out that in Japan, the age of 20 — which Mishima reached in 1945, the year World War II ended — marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. After a further 20 years had transpired, Mishima felt a strong sense of “being cut off from the natural flow of historical time.”

Flanagan describes how the youthful Mishima was awarded the prize of a timepiece by the Emperor, the “ultimate symbol of time transcendence,” after being nominated top of his class at the Peers School in Tokyo. Before committing ritual suicide on Nov. 25, 1970, he took off his watch, signaling his departure from life — the extinction of earthly time.

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