It all started with a dream to start a cafe where people could do more than just grab a bite or a cup of coffee. Aarti and Vishal Bhasin designed Books n Brew as a place for people to sit back and relax,listen to live music by local bands,view exhibitions by young artists,play board games and read from the books corner. As an avid reader,I wanted the concept to revolve around books, shares Aarti,as she walks towards the free read book wall in the cafes Sector 38 branch. Here,there are more than 300 books on various subjects that visitors can pick up and read at the cafe and even borrow for a day. Their new cafe in Sector 16 also has a cosy reading room,where book donation is encouraged. Also at hand are books on sale at discounted prices alongside a young authors corner where writers can display their new writings.
Taking the concept and their love for books further,Books n Brew is hosting a literary festival Books Brewing on June 24 in Sector 16. The event,explains Vishal,is about inviting people who love books along with authors,publishers and avid readers to discuss new trends in the literary and publishing world. The aim of the festival is also to create a platform for young and aspiring authors to share and learn from experts in the industry.
The event will be inaugurated by politico Manpreet Singh Badal,who will talk about his journey with books. This will be followed by city-based writer Khushwant Singh reading from his book The Turbaned Tornado. He will also talk on the subject Fiction vs Reality with a panel of publishers. Rahul Saini,author of Those Small Little Things Unsaid,Durjoy Dutta,who has penned Of course I love you and Sudeep Nagarkar,author of Few Things Left Unsaid,will be in conversation with the citys literati,as they discuss the process of writing and new writings in the country. The sessions will be open for discussions and interactions. We will be introducing young authors Nikhil Mukhija and Hardik Dhamija,who will have an informal talk with Harsh Aggarwal of the Fountain Pen Guild, sums up Vishal.
The one-day festival will open on June 24 at 10.50 am at Books n Brew,Sector 16,Chandigarh.