Liberatum returns to Mumbai bringing together renowned authors, playwrights, screenwriters, journalists and film-makers.
The Times of India Kitab - 2nd India International Literature and Media Festival
After the resounding success of the first Kitab Festival in New Delhi last year, Kitab returns this time to Mumbai with The Times of India as its title sponsor. From 23rd to 25th February 2007, The Times of India Kitab International Literature and Media Festival will bring together renowned and burgeoning authors, playwrights, screenwriters, journalists, actors, film-makers and activists from India, Britain, Pakistan, USA and other countries such as Academy Award winning film director Anthony Minghella and Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt, media figures MJ Akbar, editor of The Asian Age, Barkha Dutt, TV journalist and John Kampfner, editor of New Statesman, actor Shabana Azmi and authors Philip Hensher, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi and Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal.
The festival will also bring together top editors, literary agents, publishers, journalists and activists from India and Britain. Some of these include publishers Alexandra Pringle, editor in chief of Bloomsbury, Nicholas Pearson, publishing director of Fourth Estate (HarperCollins UK), Jane Lawson, senior editor of Doubleday (Transworld/Random House UK), PM Sukumar, CEO of HarperCollins India, journalists Dylan Jones, editor of GQ, Ian Jack, editor of Granta, Geordie Greig, editor of Tatler, Robert McCrum, literary editor of the Observer and George Brock, Saturday editor of the Times (UK).
The festival programme aims to be eclectic and consists of thought-provoking discussions, Q&A sessions, debates and interviews which will tackle diverse subjects such as 'Sexuality in Indian Literature', ‘Media and Terrorism’, 'Homosexuality and the Indian Law' and 'The Future of the Indian Publishing Industry'. There will also be a number of readings by contemporary novelists and poets, as well as film screenings followed by Q&A sessions with directors. In association with a couple of publishing houses, the festival will host a number of book launches. The Times of India Kitab will also hold several surreal and alluring evening events during the festival.
Participants at Kitab include Gregory David Roberts, Blake Morrison, Amit Chaudhuri, Helen Simpson, Jackie Kay, Kamila Shamsie, Justine Picardie, Farrukh Dhondy, Javed Akhtar, Peter Gordon, Chair of the Man Asian Literary Prize, Jaishree Misra, Toby Litt, Geoff Dyer, Deborah Moggach, Tishani Doshi, Jerry Pinto, William Dalrymple, Hoshang Merchant, Shashi Tharoor, Shekhar Kapur, Fatima Bhutto, Jyoti Guptara, Muneeza Shamsie, Arvind Mehrotra, Sonia Faleiro, Dilip Chitre, Altaf Tyrewala, Pavan K Varma, Sujit Saraf, Sooni Taraporevala, amongst many others.