Books and India

1. The Kolkata Book Fair will be held from 28 January- 8th February, 2009.

Arguably the biggest book fair in Asia, the annual Kolkata Book Fair is a popular cultural event in the city that attracts publishers, writers, buyers and book lovers from all over India. Each year a country is chosen as the special focus and authors from that country are invited to read excerpts and discuss their works. The scope of the fair now goes far beyond books and includes a world food market, exhibitions, an employment fair and other displays and entertainment. (Link)

2. There will also be ‘a Scottish touch to the Kolkata Book Fair

Book lovers in the city will get to taste Scottish art and literature as Scotland is the “focal theme” in the Kolkata Book Fair 2009.

Scotland’s participation in the event will help to explore connections between both the countries in the spheres of art, culture, literature, heritage, music films and tourism.

“There will be Scotland counselling centre, ‘Study and Work in Scottland’, at the pavilion on the fair ground. Interactive sessions between Indian and Scottish publishers, story-telling, and events on contemporary literature will also be held at the event,” Sen said.

3. Also, read about ‘British Council’s UK Publishing Entrepreneur Trip to India

So, James and Peter from Apt Studio are currently in India on The British Council’s Young Publishing Entrepreneur trip.

Via The Hindu

Part of a 12-day tour to the country facilitated by the British Council in India to enable these publishers and talent-scouters to find more about the publishing scene in an emerging economy, the young entrepreneurs are busy looking for exciting ventures here.

4. The Jaipur Literature Festival concluded on 25th January, 2009. Some notes from the Jabberwock blog (1, 2, 3 and 4). And from the booktwo.org : ‘The Jaipur Literary Festival, Part 1 of X: Chetan Bhagat’.

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