[Reader-list] the Kitab festival

Rana Dasgupta eye at ranadasgupta.com
Sun Apr 2 13:03:06 IST 2006

if you're in delhi next weekend and interested in books, publishing, or 
goldie hawn, the following may be of interest.  it will offer all three.


Rana Dasgupta



Kitab Programme

Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Friday 7 April

10:00 William Dalrymple previews his new book, The Last Mughal. Followed 
by a Q&A session with Rahul Bose.

11:00 Globalisation, the writer and the nation
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown chairs a discussion about whether globalisation 
limits the types of stories that writers can tell. Panel members include 
Amit Chaudhuri, Shashi Tharoor, Nadeem Aslam and Rana Dasgupta.

13.15 Muslims and the Media
Allan Jenkins chairs a discussion on the media's coverage of Islam with
Yasmin Alibhai Brown, MJ Akbar, Nadeem Aslam, Muneeza Shamsie and Clare 

14.30 Bridging the Gap: Literary Festivals, Writers and Readers
Geordie Greig (chairing), Palash Dave, Alexandra Pringle, Catherine 
Lockerbie, Pablo Ganguli and Tarun Tejpal discuss the growth of literary 
festivals around the world and examine the potential for literary 
festivals in India to boost readership.

16.00 Women's writing: what is it and do women want it?
Muneeza Shamsie chairs a discussion including Catherine Lockerbie, 
Deborah Moggach, Malavika Sangghvi, Manju Kapur and Urvashi Butalia.

18:00 Penguin Book Launch – Edna Fernandes's Holy Warriors

Saturday 8 April

10.00 Bihar and India 's new modernity
While talk of nuclear power and globalisation preoccupy the Indian 
capital, the Indian state of Bihar is wrought with poverty, corruption 
and violence. How do such regions figure into the narrative of
contemporary India ? Somini Sengupta chairs a discussion with Sam 
Miller, Vir Sanghvi, Tabish Khair and Siddharth Chowdhury.

11.30 Small presses versus multinationals
Alexandra Pringle chairs a discussion including Pete Ayrton, Richard 
Beswick, Pramod Kapoor, Renuka Chatterjee and Boyd Tonkin.

13:30 Media Culpa: Does the media fail literature in the UK and India ?
Geordie Greig chairs a panel including Alexandra Pringle, Richard 
Beswick, Allan Jenkins, Tarun Tejpal, Jai Arjun Singh and Toby Lichtig.

15:00 Wasafiri Panel: Writing Across Worlds and Between the Lines
A discussion of little magazines and their role in promoting South Asian 
writing with Susheila Nasta, Aamer Hussein, Tabish Khair, Maya Jaggi and 

16:30 ‘A Lotus Grows in the Mud'
Goldie Hawn will be discussing her recent spiritual memoir A Lotus Grows 
in The Mud and will then reflect on seminal life experiences with 
Geordie Greig. Followed by a Q&A session.

18:00 Penguin Book Launch – Sanjay Suri's Brideless in Wembley

19:00 Wasafiri-Routledge Literary Reception. Readings by Tabish Khair, 
Aamer Hussein and others. By Invitation Only

Sunday 9 April

10.30 Readings : Rana Dasgupta and Amit Chaudhuri

11.30 Humanity, fallibility and truth in contemporary politics
Vir Sanghvi chairs a discussion with Clare Short, Rory Stewart and 
Shashi Tharoor.

13.30 From snake charmers to call centres
Rana Dasgupta chairing a discussion with William Dalrymple, Pavan K 
Varma, Randeep Ramesh, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi and Amit Chaudhuri on 
new trends in literature, narrative non-fiction and reportage from South 

15:00 Readings : Pavan K Varma and Rahul Bose

16.00 The Home and the World
William Dalrymple chairs a panel on the role of the South Asian disapora 
in contemporary literature with CP Surendran, Tabish Khair, Aamer 
Hussein, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi and Manju Kapur.

18:00 Roli Books Launch – C.P. Surendran's debut novel An Iron Harvest

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