What Is It?

Tata Literature Festival, the 2016 edition, has announced the first phase of their line-up and we have the low down.

Who’s Who Of The Literary Community

Tata Literature Festival which is slated from November 17 to November 20 is a literati’s paradise. The line-up that has been announced so far includes Amitav Gosh, the Indo-American author who has written Shadow Lines, The Hungry Tide and other contemporary fiction novels. Another big name that has been announced is of Nicholas Shakespeare {descendant of William Shakespeare} who is an English novelist and biographer known especially for his novel, The Dancing Upstairs, based on the Maoist insurgency in Peru.

The festival will also feature renowned film maker and anchor, Karan Johar, Shashi Tharoor, historian Ramachandra Guha, lyricist Gulzar, former finance minister P Chidambaram, Ma Thida, Frank Moorhouse, Suhel Seth, Shekhar Gupta , Shobha De, Carlos Gammero, Sam Cutler and so many more.

The illustrious line up will see Amitav Gosh discuss his new book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, John Gray, political philosopher and author of False Dawn: The delusions of Global Captalism and British poet Simon Armitage known for his witty and dramatic take on The Odyssey.

What Can I Expect?

The event is scheduled to take place at Prithvi Theatre and the National Centre of Performance of Arts {NCPA} from Thursday, November 17 to Sunday, November 20. It will also host workshops by authors, book swaps, plays and performances. Workshops like learning to writing drama for radio, the art of performing plays with rehearsal, photojournalism session will take place – something for everyone’s interest and liking.

You can catch Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s play White Rabbit Red Rabbit‘s Hindi edition at the festival, Erika Batdorf’s one-woman performance of Poetic License and The Ballads of Bant Singh by Nirupama Dutt among the diverse intriguing people from the literary community coming together for this festival.

So, We’re Saying…

You don’t have to go all the way to the Jaipur Literature Festival as Mumbai has its own festival with popular, interesting and independent members of the literary community. So gear up to be a part of this cultural exchange, attend sessions and talks at this delightful literature festival.

#LBBTip: There’ll be a book swap section so bring a book and take one from at least 1,000 titles available.

Entry is free and seating is on first-come-first-serve basis.

Find more information on their website.

Featured photo source: Politics and Prose Bookstore via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]