After Jaipur and Kolkata,the City Beautiful will hold its first mega literary festival Literati 2013 on November 23 and 24.
Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) in association with Chandigarh Administration will host the literary fest,which will see the likes of Prasoon Joshi,Upamanyu Chatterjee,Madhu Kishwar and Ashok Vajpeyi participating in the two-day event.
With an amazing line-up of internationally renowned authors,exclusive performances by specially commissioned artists interspersed with topical debates and discussions across varied literary genres,the city shall be the destination of choice for literature lovers, said Sumita Misra,CLS chairperson. According to organisers,authors who have confirmed their participation include Bhaskar Ghose,Prasoon Joshi,Ashok Vajpeyi,Kishwar Desai,Madhu Kishwar,Gul Panag,Rahul Bose,Jerry Pinto,Upamanyu Chatterjee,Rahul Pandita and Ashwin Sanghi.
Literati 2013 will include sessions on English,Hindi and Punjabi literature with discussions like Exotica is the New Erotica,The Four Letter Words: All Betweeen Love and Hate,Women and the Paradox of the Modernity,Dissent,Discourse and Diaspora,Religion and Politics: Oxygen or Position lined up over the two days.
Several book launches are also planned during the festival like Helium by Jaspreet Singh and Manisha Gangahars Kashmirs Narratives of Conflict. A website,which will keep literary-connoisseurs informed about the programme as they unfold during the event,was also launched by the organisers.
The Lakeside lawns of Lake Club will be transformed into a literary village with bookstalls,paintings,photographs and handicrafts,live artists at work,coffee corners and food stalls. Madhav Kaushik,CLS secretary,said the literary festival was a celebration of creativity to encourage and inspire young writers in the region.
Since its formation in 2012,CLS has hosted authors like Anupam Kher,Navtej Sarna,Pavan Varma,Ketan Bhagat and Yousuf Saeed among others.