The New Delhi World Book Fair, earlier a biennale, is now an annual affair in the city. Starting today, this year’s edition promises to be bigger and better with special focus on live interactions between more than a 100 authors and guests. "There are many author corners where young, budding and established authors will be sharing their stories, styles of writing and secrets with readers," says MA Sikandar, director of the National Book Trust, which organises the event.
Going with the theme— Indigenous Voices – Mapping India’s Folk and Tribal Literature, the festival’s main pavilion has rare texts of folk literature from across the country. The entire pavilion has been decorated according to the traditions of different states.
There’s also a country that’s the guest of honour this time — France. Apart from French works, authors and movies, book-lovers can enjoy literature from 24 other countries. There’s also a book-art section with installations made from books, tribal dances and music to look forward to, in the evening.
Delhi Literature Festival
So finally, Delhi has an official one in its own name. "Why should a book lover have to go to Jaipur, Trivandrum or Kolkata to meet his favourite author? Delhi is the hub of cultural, diplomatic and political and academic activities. The Capital deserves a literary festival of its own. It was long due," says Ratan Kaul, advisor to the Delhi Literature Festival, which takes place on February 9 and 10 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
Organised by Cinedarbaar — a Delhi based Welfare Society, with support from Delhi Government, the festival will see a host of interactions between established authors and writing enthusiasts, new book launches, discussions by top publishing houses in India and story-telling sessions by Michal Malinowski — the story-teller and folklorist from The storytelling Museum in Poland. Author-diplomat Navtej Sarna will be conducting a session on the changing styles of writing with his son, Satyajit Sarna. "Delhiites don’t have to go to other cities now," says Sarna senior. There are sessions on Hindi and regional literature too. Inspired by the Jaipur Lit? "I’d like the Delhi literature fest to create its own place in the hearts of writers and readers," says Kaul.
Catch it here
What: New Delhi World Book Fair
When: Feb 4 to 10
Timings: 11am to 8pm (on Feb 4, 5: after 1pm)
Where: Entry from gate No 7, Pragati Maidan
NEAREST METRO STATION: Pragati Maidan on Blue Line
Five author corners that offer interaction with more than 100 authors
French Pavilion — French books, art and movies
Book Art - Sculptures and installations by students of Delhi College of Art
Special Pavilion for tribal and folk literature
Tribal dance and music in evening.
Catch it here
What: Delhi Literature Festival
When: February 9 and 10
Timings: 2pm to 7pm
Where: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath
NEAREST METRO STATION: Central Secretariat on Yellow Line and Violet Line
n Beyond The Blog: A panel discussion on new media and the future of literature. Panelists: Jai Arjun Singh writer of Jabberwock fame, authors Madhuri Banerjee, Meenakshi Reddy and Anna MM Vetticad.
n A talk on poetry and politics by Javed Akhtar.
n Storytelling by Michal Malinowski, director, Storyteller Museum, Poland.