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India: Two upcoming festivals in Mumbai to focus on India’s regional literature

By Kaushani Banerjee

While there has been a rapid growth in the sheer number of literary festivals around the country, most of them tend to focus on English literature. International authors are often the star attractions at these events and there is often little or almost no spotlight for regional authors, who are left confined to school textbooks. But two homegrown festivals in the city are slowly working their way towards shifting focus to regional literature. Lit O Fest and Gateway LitFest, both in their third year, have a burgeoning line-up of authors who will engage in talks, panel discussions and book launches.

The Multicultural aspect

Lit O Fest is a not just a literature festival, it’s a multi-cultural event that will be held over two days. The usual panel discussions will be interspersed with dance and music performances. “It is a showcase of Indian culture focusing on arts, music and dance. This year, the festival has adopted a village in Maharashtra called Dahigaon and started a school in it as well. We plan to adopt other villages as well and make them self-sufficient. So it’s not just literature, it’s also literacy in rural India,” says festival director Smita Parikh.

Popular authors such as Anand Neelakantan, Shashi Tharoor, William Dalrymple, Ashwin Sanghi and Shatrujeet Nath will be in attendance. Renowned Hindi authors Kedarnath Singh and Uday Prakash will be felicitated this year at the festival. Read more

Source: Hindustan Times

Karthika VK Set To Launch A New Division For Amazon-Owned Westland Publishers

By Somak Ghoshal

Karthika VK, who stepped down as Publisher and Chief Editor at HarperCollins Publishers India (HCI) last October, is set to start a new publishing division for Westland Publishers, now wholly owned by Amazon, according to sources. The name of the division is not known yet, but it is likely to start publishing titles from the third-quarter of this year.

Amazon.com Inc. acquired the publishing business of Westland, a Trent Limited subsidiary and one of India’s major publishing houses, last October as well, after initially having bought 26% stakes in it.

Westland, which includes imprints like Tranquebar and EastWest, published best-selling authors like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, Rujuta Diwekar, Preeti Shenoy, Devdutt Pattanaik, Anuja Chauhan, Ravi Subramanian and BKS Iyengar. Read more

Source: Huffington Post

 

 

The largest free literary festival in the world, Jaipur Literature Festival releases its ninth list of speakers

By Craig Cranenburgh

The Jaipur Literature Festival is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this time around and is expected to be bigger and better. The festival has gone from a gem of an idea to the world’s largest free literary festival, hosting upto 1300 speakers over the past decade.

To celebrate this, the festival has announced 10 speakers’ names every week, for 10 weeks leading up to the festival – which is returning to its home at the Diggi Palace in Jaipur – between January 19-23. Here is the ninth list of speakers expected at the festival:

Author of novels such as The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key, Ashwin Sanghi is one of India’s bestselling thriller/conspiracy fiction writers who retells Indian mythology and history in a contemporary context. His latest novel, The Sialkot Saga, was released in April of 2016. Read more

Source: Mybigplunge.com

India: Divya Marathi set to enthrall Nashik with 3 day Marathi Literature Festival

marathi-literature-festival-creativeDivya Marathi, flagship Marathi publication of Dainik Bhaskar to hold a three day Marathi Literature Festival in Nashik, Maharashtra. The festival will be held at Kusumagraj Pratishtan between 11th and 13th November, and will have select authors, social engineeers and cartoonists from across the country.

The festival’s theme is ‘Independent Thinking’, in sync with the ethos of threcently launched ‘Swatantra Vichaar’ campaign by Divya Marathi. The literature festival aims at bringing together all independent thinking personalities on a single platform to share their opinion on diverse themes.

First day of the festival will set the tone with Independent Author awards followed by a Supper theatrical play “Massage” by Rakesh Bedi. Two authors who have exhibited independent thinking in their writing will be felicitated with Reader’s choice and Jury choice awards. Second and third day of the festival will witness a series of plenary sessions on different themes centred on Independent Thinking.

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Amazon Signs Deal To Acquire The Publishing Business Of Westland

Online retailing giant Amazon.com Inc. has signed a deal to acquire the publishing business of Westland, a Trent Limited subsidiary and one of India’s major publishing houses, according to reports.

This acquisition, Vice President and Country Manager of Amazon India Amit Agarwal said, will “bring Westland’s highly talented authors and their books to even more customers in India and around the world”. Earlier this year Amazon had bought 26% stake in Westland for an estimated Rs 9.5 crores.

The publishing list of Westland, which includes imprints like Tranquebar and EastWest, feature best-selling authors like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, Rujuta Diwekar, Preeti Shenoy, Devdutt Pattanaik, Anuja Chauhan, Ravi Subramanian and BKS Iyengar. Read more

India: Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014 winners announced

The winners of 2014 Raymond Crossword Book Award have been announced and they are:

  • “The Blind Lady’s Descendants by Anees Salim” won the Raymond Crossword Book Award in the Indian Fiction category
  • This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian won the award for Indian Non-Fiction
  • Children, Women, Men By Sundara Ramaswamy Translated by Lakshmi Holmstrom” won the Indian language Translation category
  • “Bankerupt by Ravi Subramanian” won the Popular Award
  • “Timmi in Tangles by Shals Mahajan Duckbill” won Kotak Junior Children writing award
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Anees Salim, winner in fiction category

The winners were honoured at a glittering award function at NCPA in Mumbai. Eminent jurist and a former mayor and Sheriff of Mumbai Nana Chudasama and Indian fashion designer, politician, and a social worker Shaina NC were the Chief Guest for the evening which also included a memorable performance by The Raghu Dixit Project.

With over 50,000 voting entries for the popular award, it was the highest number of votes ever received in the history of the Book Award, Crossword said in a statement. The entire judging process took more than 3 months.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Kinjal Shah (CEO – Crossword Bookstores) said, “This year we complete 13 years of the Book Award. These awards have always been an integral part of the brand & we are thrilled at the way it has grown over the years & supported Indian writing. We at crossword would like to thank the readers, authors, publishers, the jury, and all our sponsors for their support in the endeavour of rewarding the best of Indian Literature”

The 13th edition saw an outstanding response, from the various distinguished writers, publishers, critics and book-lovers who enjoyed the biggest celebration of Indian literature. Shortlisted authors Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Dutta, Ashwin Sanghi, S Hussain Zaidi, Rashmi Bansal, Anand Neelkhantan, Ravi Subramanian, Jerry Pinto, Amitabh Bagchi were present at event.

Ashwin Sanghi: ‘The Dan Brown tag has been both a bane and boon’

Ashwin-Sa-nghiMuch like the American best-selling author Dan Brown, the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi doesn’t shy away from controversial topics – in fact, his thrillers depend on it.

His first, self-published English novel The Rozabal Line (2007) promoted the idea that Christ survived the crucifixion, while his upcoming book Sialkot Saga is steeped in the tumultuous 1947 partition of India and Pakistan.

The 46-year-old businessman-turned-author says the “tantalising possibility of an overlap between history and mythology provides an adrenalin rush”. Read more

‘Our Rich Storytelling Tradition Needs To Be Made Palatable To The Modern Audience’: Ashwin Sanghi

One of the most popular names in the mythological fiction genre in recent times, Ashwin Sanghi speaks to Asad Ali about his love of the genre and his upcoming collaboration with James Patterson: Tehelka

Ashwin-Sa-nghiYou co-authored Private India with James Patterson. How has been the whole experience of working with him?

Patterson’s work follows a formulaic approach but even within the constraints of that formula it’s like an art form. It was refreshing to work with him; it gave me the opportunity to work on commercial fiction instead of historical or mythological fiction, which is what I usually do. So, to that extent, it’s been a sound learning experience. James has a terrific formula going for him and it’s nice to be a part of that.

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India: What keeps the mythology genre ticking?

For a decade, Indian authors have been capturing readers’ mind space with reinterpretations of mythology. What keeps this genre ticking?: The Hindu

Krishna UdayasankarThere was a time when bookstores were filled with campus love stories set in IIT and IIM campuses. Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT (2004) spawned many campus capers until readers were fatigued by the genre and the stories had little recall value. Read more

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