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Indian writers to attend Frankfurt book fair

More than 30 Indian writers are set to attend the Frankfurt book fair this October to woo world publishers, organisers said here Wednesday.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 21:50 IST

More than 30 Indian writers are set to attend the Frankfurt book fair this October to woo world publishers, organisers said here Wednesday.

US-based authors Amitav Ghosh and Anita Desai are internationally famed exceptions on the list, with many of the authors little known outside their home. Desai wrote the 1984 novel, In Custody, which was turned into a feature film in 1993.

India is to be guest of honour at the Oct 4-8 fair and is mounting a special show, entitled Today's India, to emphasise its modern achievements.

Kolkata-based Amit Chaudhuri, author of the 1998 novel Freedom Song, is set to attend the fair to meet publishers and give interviews, but so will two Bengali-language writers, Joy Goswami and Mahasweta Devi.

Two writers in Kannada language, U.R. Ananthmurthyand and Girish Karnad, will attend.

Gujarati is to be represented by Sitanshu Yashaschandra and Tamil by Salma. Writers in Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi and Urdu are also on the 33-author list issued by the book fair organising agency, along with the Kashmiri writer Shafi Shauq.

Six writers who use India's national language Hindi are to attend the fair, along with 10 who write in English.

The annual fair is the world's biggest marketplace for translation rights to novels and non-fiction. About 7,000 exhibitors from 100 nations have booked stand space.