Writing a book is not enough. You also need to promote it. Here is a list of bloggers/writers who interview authors. This is a global list.
Eri Nelson: Wonderful Reads of the Month – http://www.wonderfulreadofthemonth.blogspot.com/
Teddy Gross on Jewish-themed books – http://bit.ly/GEhQR8
Jon Bloch: http://www.jonpbloch.com/interviews.html
Sylvia Browder: http://bit.ly/z0nKjQ
Paper Dragon Ink: http://bit.ly/vZpdXG
Kris Wampler: http://bit.ly/ymaBEw
Morgen Bailey: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/blog-interviews/
Sylvia Ramsey: http://www.thoughtfulreflections.blogspot.com
Kate Brauning writes excellent book reviews: http://katebrauning.wordpress.com/
London: Controversial writer Salman Rushdie, who was born in Mumbai and moved to Britain as a child and now lives in the United States, says his experiences led him to explore the issue of migration in his award-winning books.
Speaking at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, Rushdie said: “We live in the age of migration. There are more people now living in countries in which they were not born than in the rest of human history combined.”
Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka, a former advertising copywriter, has won the Commonwealth book prize for his highly praised debut novel Chinaman: the Legend of Pradeep Mathew.
Narrated by the alcoholic former sports journalist WG Karunasena, the novel is the story of his quest for Pradeep Mathew, a devastatingly talented Sri Lankan spin bowler who appears to have been expunged from historical record. Despite its cricket focus, Karunatilaka promises in the book: “If you’ve never seen a cricket match; if you have and it has made you snore; if you can’t understand why anyone would watch, let alone obsess over this dull game, then this is the book for you.”
Rahul Bhattacharya was recently awarded the Ondaatje Prize for his second book, “The Sly Company of People who Care”. The novel details an Indian journalist’s travels through Guyana. He has previously authored “Pundits from Pakistan”, a book on the Indian cricket team’s tour of Pakistan in 2004.
Congratulations on the Ondaatje Prize. Tell us a little bit about it.
Thank you. It is an award of the Royal Society of Literature in Britain, set up by Christopher Ondaatje, philanthropist and elder brother of Michael Ondaatje. It is awarded to a book that evokes the spirit of a place. Novels, travelogues, poems are all eligible for the Ondaatje Prize.
THE PROPHETIC Ghadi Babu declares time and again that ‘ghadi brahmanashini hai. Taj-o-takht nahin rahe, mahal nahin rahe. Yeh haveliyan bhi nahin rahengi’. Ghadi Babu is a somewhat more eccentric and foreboding antecedent to the omniscient Samay from BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. When Bhoothnath returns as an overseer to demolish the haveli, we know and understand that time has played its cards and the prophecies of Ghadi Babu have been realised. The result has been the annihilation of a way of life and not only the metaphorical but also the literal demolition of the havelis.
Conflict debases, destroys, deepens otherness. This novel exhales the anguish of tragedy.
With its story of the stand-off between a crippled Afghan girl who identifies herself as Antigone come to bury her dead brother, and American soldiers raw from counting their own dead post a surprise storming of their outpost in Kandahar, The Watch is Sophocles’ timeless tragedy in a modern key, exploring the catch-22 that is the intervention in/for/against Afghanistan (and even before that, Iraq and Vietnam), its “featureless landscapes, futureless deathscapes”.
Jonathan Franzen meditates on marriage and mobiles in these largely brilliant essays.
I’d heard that the title essay of Jonathan Franzen’s new collection was about his punishing experiences on a rough and tiny island. Some of what happened there is by now well known. The inhabitants of this island welcomed him by printing the wrong version of his novel Freedom, necessitating the pulping of its entire first print run. Read more…
The Bengali Indian writer talks about the writing of the second book in his Ibis Trilogy, and tells us where he finds inspiration.
How did you come to write River of Smoke?
River of Smoke is the second novel in a series that began as a trilogy (I call it the Ibis Trilogy). The first book was Sea of Poppies; soon after I started writing it I realised that the characters and their stories would take more than one book. The books are not meant to be a single linear narrative (if that had been the case then it would have been a single, very long book). I always thought of the relationship between the books as a tangential one (as, for example, in Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet). Some of the characters recur, but each book has its own themes, settings, mood, spirit and so on. In this sense each of the books can be read as a complete and self-sufficient novel in its own right.
Bhog and Other Stories
By Ankur Betageri
Pilli Books, Bangaluru, 2010
Hardback, 108 pp., Rs. 260
by Zafar Anjum
In Ankur Betageri’s debut collection of short stories, Bhog and Other Stories, the last story, Malavika, is about a Bangalore-based materialistic girl. The eponymous character, Malavika, is befriended by the narrator—a writer and a friend of the young college-going student. The writer shows that Malavika is confused about life.
A few years ago, during his visit to Cornell University, U. R. Ananthamurthy asked a group of professors and doctoral students why vernacular Indian literary texts so rarely receive the kind of careful attention critics give to major texts in European and American literature. Emphasising the need for extended textual readings as well as cross-regional analysis of the literary traditions in India, he called for textual comparisons that highlight similarities and differences in the way common themes and similar social situations are treated. He argued that several strands of cultural and social influence run through Indian literary texts, strands that are impossible to see clearly if our focus remains confined to the works of any one linguistic or regional tradition. Read more