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Literary Festivals

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Alice Carey | Posted 07.18.2016 | Home
Alice Carey

It was only as I was standing in the kitchen of my Irish home, washing up the breakfast dishes, that the importance of what I'll be doing this week st...

A French-Accented Retreat in South Africa's Wine Country

Alex Matthews | Posted 10.01.2016 | Travel
Alex Matthews

Any writer will tell you that literary festivals are the best of times and the worst of times. The best because as you go from one panel discussion t...

Sensorium 2014: In Search of a 'Gathering of Poets'

Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts
Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Currently in India there are so many arts and literary festivals, the joke goes, that they outnumber the participants. But the bestselling historian William Dalrymple advanced an important belief to me in Goa. He referenced the almost timeless kavi sammelans -- a gathering of poets -- where one bard recited his work and another, responded to it, often on the spot entirely.

Celebrating Words and Wordsmiths in Mumbai

Pranay Gupte | Posted 01.04.2015 | Home
Pranay Gupte

Indeed, it's tempting to say that of all the 70 or so literary and artistic festivals that are held in India annually, the Mumbai LitFest certainly has become the "maximum." Don't miss it next year. I won't.

Finally, a Great Small Literary Festival: Gladfest in Wales

Greg Garrett | Posted 10.14.2014 | Home
Greg Garrett

Great festivals of the arts are often large, loose, baggy monsters, as Henry James said of War and Peace. I know this because I've seen plenty of them up close and personal, as participant, attendee, or resident of the city of Austin, Texas.

September Is Book Month: Area Book Festivals

Alma Katsu | Posted 11.13.2013 | DC
Alma Katsu

Every year about this time, we in the National Capital Area experience our annual glut of book festivals. It's an embarrassment of riches. For those who are book crazy, this -- and not Christmas -- is the most wonderful time of the year.

How Two South Asian Literary Festivals Are Defining the Role of the Writer

Deji Olukotun | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Deji Olukotun

Most literary festivals are placid affairs in which writers exchange ideas and autographs and occasionally get tanked. But these two festivals were overshadowed by the political contexts in which they occurred.

How Not to Bore an Audience - A Plea to Authors Everywhere

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melanie Benjamin

Do not read from your work simply because you think you have to. You don't. You deserve better - and so do those wonderful, weird book lovers.

How to Dress an Author

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melanie Benjamin

I feel as if it's my personal mission to make over every dowdy author I see. I haven't quite learned how to do this tactfully, despite the strong temptation.

Beirut39 Festival Launches International Careers for 39 Top Young Arab Writers

Lori Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lori Wood

The Beirut39 festival is the last event of Beirut's year as the World City of Books and it has created a talking-shop for writers of very different cultures and literatures.