Tata Literature Live: The 13th edition of Litfest returns with a new hybrid avatar at the NCPA: here’s everything we know
Tata Literature live! The Mumbai Litfest returns with its 13th edition to its traditional NCPA venue, Nariman Point, also with sessions at St Pauls Institute of Communication Education (SPICE) and Title Waves Bookstore in Bandra following the last two virtual editions during the pandemic. The festival is scheduled to take place from November 11-13.
To meet the expectations and requirements of the highly successful virtual editions with more than 8.5 million views in 2021, the festival will see yet another innovation this year: a hybrid festival, with online sessions taking place on November 9 and 10. .
Famous authors like Geetanjali Shree, Tony Fadell, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Shashi Tharoor, Paul Morland, Jerry Pinto, Naushad Forbes, Rohini Nilekani, Ashwin Sanghi, Sanjaya Baru, Mallika Sarabhai, Ian Cardozo, Mamang Dai, Onir, Rinki Bhattacharya and many more others participate in the festival as speakers. Online participants will include Damon Galgut, George Monbiot, Pankaj Mishra, Colm Tóibín, Susan Liautaud, John Pilger, among others.
Highlights of the will be the prestigious Tata Literature Live! Literary Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award and Poet Laureate nomination, Energetic Grand Debate, Sparkling Poetry Recitations, Popular Workshops and Book Exchange . The festival will feature various themes featuring Mumbai – a new romance, coastal marine life, history and communities.
Two new prizes: the Binod Kanoria Prize for children’s literature and the Rotary Prize for writing for peace, will also be awarded under the aegis of the Festival. The Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards will also be back.
In keeping with its spirit of literary expansion, Litfest has launched sessions on languages other than English. Last year’s language was Marathi and the sessions were enthusiastically received. This year there will be an introduction to Gujarati prose and poetry.
There will also be two international collaborative sessions this year, with France and the UK. Black in Mumbai will premiere in India as part of Litfest. Three rising stars of French thrillers – Johana Gustawsson aka the queen of French noir, Sophie Hénaff and her clumsy brigade and Jérôme Loubry – will present their work for the first time to an Indian audience.
The literary festival will culminate with an event called Grande Enquête, inspired by its sister activity in France and imagined by Indian author Kalpana Swaminathan, during which participants will have five hours to solve the mystery of the theft of the Blue Sapphire! The UK collaboration will feature new works exploring the relationship between language and homosexuality, as the result of a project that will bring together six diverse and multicultural poets from India and the UK through residencies in the two countries.
As every year, this edition will also feature books and authors covering topics such as innovation, mentoring, philanthropy, media, food, gender issues, art, environment.
Festival Director Amy Fernandes said, “We are thrilled to launch a reimagining of Litfest in a hybrid model. This will allow us to include authors who still cannot travel, as well as our global virtual audience who have enjoyed Litfest so much during the pandemic. At the same time, we are also thrilled to be able to welcome back in person writers and audiences who missed the distinctive Litfest activities, buzz and vibe at our physical locations.”
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