Leïla Slimani’s sensational book, Lullaby, asks difficult questions about motherhood and parenting. The French-Moroccan writer on why she believes it is her role to break the silence around women’s lives.
The launch was preceded by a panel discussion on the challenges of social development, featuring Gupta, Venkat Krishnan N, the man behind the Joy of Giving Week, also the Co-founder and Director of Educational Initiatives Pvt Ltd, and H Harish Hande, Chairman, Selco-India. It was moderated by Manisha Gupta, Founder, Startup-India.
Julia Donaldson sits with a variety of marker pens in front of her, letting her young readers choose the colour they want her signature in. A young girl indicates a pink one. Donaldson looks at her kindly and says, “I am a little tired of pink. Shall we try purple instead?” The young girl stares back for a moment and then nods.
Author Namita Gokhale on her work and her first literary award. 2017 saw the 61-year-old writer win the first Centenary National Award for Literature from Assam Sahitya Sabha and the Valley of Words Book Award for the Best English Fiction for her novel, Things to Leave Behind (Penguin).
The six-day event, which will begin on October 26 at the India Habitat Centre, will see sessions by old favourites such as Ruskin Bond, Shobhaa De, Shashi Tharoor and Gurcharan Das, but, also, by authors who are not usually given to public appearances.
The only thing that was distracting was the profusion of typos in the book. Misspelling the name of a victim in the very first page of a book can be an oversight, peppering a book with spelling errors at regular intervals is simply sloppy editing.