Top 5 events to catch at the lit fest

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1984 in 2017

What rel­e­vance does Ge­orge Or­well’s mas­ter­piece, 1984, hold to­day? The an­swer, prob­a­bly, is that it holds the same amount of rel­e­vance it has over the years since it was pub­lished in 1949. But find out what four au­thors — Al­lan Sealy, Francine Prose, Jeet Thayil (in pic) and Mar­garet Drab­ble — feel about the sub­ject, in a new lit fest fea­ture called Book in Fo­cus.

Devil’s ad­vo­cate for trivia

The event that’s ti­tled You Cheeky Devil! is billed as a “lit­er­ary quiz with a twist”. The four au­thors who are tak­ing part in it in­clude Chan­dra­has Choud­hury, Ma­hesh Rao, Prayaag Ak­bar (in pic) and Sid­dharth Das­gupta, while ra­dio host and pro­ducer Hr­ishikesh Kan­nan will host the event. But what ex­actly is the twist that the quiz prom­ises? Well, your guess is as good as ours.

Big-ticket re­leases

This event in­volves twin book launches by tow­er­ing In­dian au­thors Nayan­tara Sah­gal and Ki­ran Na­garkar. Sah­gal’s When the Moon Shines by Day is a dystopian retelling of the so­cio-po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try to­day. Na­garkar’s Ja­soda deals with the life of a ru­ral woman who mur­ders her own new­born daugh­ter. Both writ­ers will en­gage in con­ver­sa­tion with fel­low au­thor Mar­garet Drab­ble. Thomas L Friedman is a three-time Pulitzer Prize win­ning New York Times colum­nist, who is one of the lead­ing lights of global jour­nal­ism to­day. In a talk ti­tled Thank You for Be­ing Late, he dis­cusses how we live in an age of ac­cel­er­a­tion, wherein our lives are mov­ing at such a dizzy­ing space that time is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pre­cious com­mod­ity. Post-truth — de­fined as, “re­lat­ing to or denot­ing cir­cum­stances in which ob­jec­tive facts are less in­flu­en­tial in shap­ing pub­lic opinion than ap­peals to emo­tion and per­sonal be­lief” — was Ox­ford English Dic­tio­nary’s Word of the Year for 2016. Catch phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor AC Grayling (in pic), pro­fes­sor of pol­i­tics Uday Me­hta and Friedman hold forth on the sub­ject, at a dis­cus­sion aptly ti­tled Fic­tion as Fact.

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