Mumbai, October 28, 2017: It’s soon going to be that time of year again. Come November, the city will play host to the most anticipated annual literary festival, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2017. As with every successive edition, this year’s festival is set to be bigger and better, with over 100 authors andthinkers having already confirmed their presence at the four-day literary extravaganza, to be heldfrom 16th November to 19th November at theNCPA, Nariman Point, and Prithvi Theatre, Juhu.
On the eminentroster for the 8th edition of the festival isthree-time Pulitzer award winner Thomas Friedman, speaker extraordinaire and author of The World Is Flat;Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, who turns math into entertaining prose in his book Finding Moonshine;ProfessorAnil Gupta, India’s very own revolutionary man who helps expedite socially-relevant solutions that target communities at the grassroots level,and economistArun Shourie. Also lending added grace to the festival are the indomitable DameMargaret Drabble, award-winning novelist, biographer and critic; and Catharine MacKinnon, feminist scholar, lawyer, educator and activist, who is respected for her legal work in the arena of sexual harassment.
Founder & Festival Director Anil Dharker says, “For me, the most enthralling part is the dialogue and discourse that these distinguished individuals bring to the festival. They are masterful raconteurs, all, and brilliant intellectuals, whose own life experiences could probably power a few riveting tales too! It is a joy to interact with them, have your perspective challenged, and revel in the learning. I have enjoyed this part of the festival each year, and I’m sure this year will be no different.”
Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons says, “The Tata group is delighted to announce Mumbai’s most-awaited annual international congregation of thinkers and writers – Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest. Now in its 8th edition, the festival has joyously united numerous writers and readers, over the years. We believe that everyone who has ever been to this festival would have come away delighted with the experience. The brilliant author line-up for this year offers a clear forecast of how exciting this event is going be, for our audience as well as for our esteemed guests.”
A host of personalities, from activists to academicians, from bureaucrats to Bollywood stars, and many others in between,will shine at the festival this year. CatchDevduttPattanaikconnecting the dots between mythology and board room with ease.
Whether you love numbers or neural connections, mythology or history, corporate speak or government speak, world views or mind views, we have got it all –British playwright and novelistNell Leyshon;actor, director and playwright Girish Karnad;cricket commentator and journalistHarsha Bhogle;Y V Reddy, former RBI governer and author of the memoir Advice & Dissent: My Life in Public Service; Member of ParliamentandeconomistJairam Ramesh;authorNayantara Sahgal;Member of ParliamentP Chidambaram;journalist and founder ofThePrint,Shekhar Gupta;GáborLanczkor,a scholarof the Hungarian language;Gary Shteyngart,an American writer specialising in satirical compositions;ShimonLev,an Israeli artist, writer, photographer, curator and researcher, and S Y Quairishi, Former Election Commissioner and author of An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election.
Like every year, engaging and insightful conversations will be the mainstay of this festival. In Fiction as Fact, AC Grayling, Thomas Friedman and Uday Mehta deliberate on what it means to live in a post-truth world. In the session aptly titled Words of Inspiration, Dame Margaret Drabble, Frederic Beigbeder, Gary Shteyngart and Sergio Chefec talk about the books that drove them to write. In Why do short stories get short shrift? Francine Prose, Mahesh Rao, TejaswiniApte-Rahm and Chandrahas Choudhury discuss the hierarchy of short stories in the literary world.
Catherine Mackinnon, Vrinda Grover and Kalpana Sharma will discuss the legalities of sexual harassment in No means No. In Con Banega Crorepati, N Ram, R Gopalakrishnan and YV Reddy will talk about whether scams are here to stay. Boria Majumdar will take the audience through sport history in 100 Years of Indian Sport through Artefacts.
Akshaya Mukul, Arun Shourie and Thomas Blom Hansen give their take on religious ideology in The Angry Tide.
Eike Schmidt, Eugene Tan, Tristram Hunt and Tasneem Mehta discuss how tradition is preserved in a modern era, in Museums in a Digital Age.