A writer’s personality can colour your sense of his work – but at a literary festival in India last week, the sad problem was almost the opposite: The Guardian

VSNaipaulFew books have meant more to me than some of those written by VS Naipaul, although the more I knew (or thought I knew) about the author, the less straightforward my admiration of his books became. One school of thought says this is foolish: a writer and his work need to be seen in separate compartments, so that the work can’t be contaminated by the author’s reputation as a wife-beating drunk, child molester or antisemite. Naipaul is none of these, but his perplexing frankness has hurt many people close to him and revealed a breathtaking, almost comic, arrogance that this reader at least finds hard to forget. In the age when writers were read and not seen or heard, we would have known much less about these characteristics. Which reader of Biggles knew the true life and habits of captain WE Johns, or even how he looked? Today, however, writers are often more visible than their books, which makes the argument for a work-life division harder to sustain. At literary festivals, we see a person rather than a printed page. It can have unexpected effects.

by Lucas Stewart, Editor-at-Large (Myanmar), Kitaab

The Nobel Myanmar Literary festival has come and gone, quietly slipping under the media radar. While its well-publicised cousin the Irrawaddy Literary Festival, attracts the power name international authors, the Nobel Myanmar Literary festival offered up a much more local flavour.

Organised by Myanmar media outlet DVB Multimedia Group and The Peoples Age Journal and chaired by renowned writer U Pe Myint, the festival has been in the making for over a year, securing funds from the HEDDA Foundation in Norway and the Swedish post code lottery.

After successfully establishing its brand as a free literary festival, Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) is heading to Boulder in Colorado in 2015 to marry dynamic publishing industry of Asia and Latin America with literary luminaries of the US.

With the aim of discovering another world, the three-day festival titled “JLF@Boulder” will be held Sep 18-20 and this brand extension would bring together Indian-American authors, Asian authors and Latin American authors to explore fluidity of language in a literary landscape.

Award-winning writers, poets and erudite panel members are synonymous with literary festivals. But there’s more to the Tata Literature Live Festival, which starts later this week. Marisha Karwa lists the events you should watch out for: dna

Just like there’s no standard ingredient for an epic piece of literature, there is no easy script for a great literary festival either. But with its intrepid baby steps, Mumbai’s very own literary event, the Tata Literature Live Festival, now in its fifth year, comes close.