Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pakistan, Lanka, Bangladesh writers at India literary fest

Authors from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are among star attractions at the upcoming fourth annual Kovalm Literary festival in Thiruvanthapuram.

Fatima Bhutto, Mohammed Hanif, David Davidar, Amit Chaudhuri Mirza Wahid Arvind Mehrortra and Shehan Karunatileka are among the lineup for the festival being held in Kerala on October 1 and 2. A curtain raiser would be organised at India International Centre here on September 29.

“Pakistani writer Hanif will read from his second novel “Our Lady of Alice Bhatti” being released next month. Extracts from the novel was published in the Granta Pakistan special early this year,” Binoo K John, founder director, Kovalam Literary Festival told PTI.

Sri Lankan writer Karunatileke is expected to read from his debut novel “Chinaman” based on search of a forgotten but brilliant Sri Lankan cricketer called Pradeep Mathew.

“Suresh Menon’’s exciting new biography of Bishen Singh Bedi and Anita Nair’’s new anthology of poems ”Malabar Mind” will be launched at the festival,” says John.

The festival will conclude on October 2 in Thiruvananthapuram with London-based Tamil fusion rock singer Susheela Raman’’s performance.

Full report here Sana

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