Mumbai Litfest 2018 is finally here!

By Eetika Kapoor

  • The Ninth Mumbai Festival being organised by TATA representing 17 countries
  • Key speakers include Aruna Roy, Shashi Tharoor, Alan Hollinghurst, Stephen Daldry, Ashok Ferry, Upmanyu Chatterjee
  • Budding writers to get a platform under “LiLive Mystory”
  • Mangalore Literary Festival to be held between November 3 and November 4

It’s a time for celebrations around India with the sparkles of Diwali lightning up the country. Amidst this hullabaloo, there is a special treat for Book maniacs and budding writers.

The Ninth Mumbai Literary Festival by TATA Literature Live! would be held between November 15 to November 18 this year.

This year’s line-up has nearly 150 participants and performers, of which a third come from overseas, representing 17 countries.

The festival director Anil Dharker says “In these few years, much has changed in India’s literary world. Almost every international publisher has set up office in the country, and new writers spring from everywhere now that the possibility of seeing their manuscripts in print has increased dramatically.”

The festival would include literary stalwarts like Booker Prize winning author Alan Hollinghurst; Stephen Daldry, Director of ‘The Crown’ on Netflix; Sri Lankan writer Ashok Ferrey;  including Shashi Tharoor, Upamanyu Chatterjee (writer of the iconic ‘English, August’), RTI activist Aruna Roy and poet Jayanta Mahapatra.

Mangalore LitFest is being held on November 3 and 4. Several eminent literary figures, including writers S L Bhyrappa, David Frawley and B M Hegde, are scheduled to participate in the festival in Karnataka’s coastal city.

This year’s theme would be “the idea of Bharat”.

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