Thursday, January 06, 2011

Popcorn essays at the Jaipur Literature Festival

Update: the schedule for this year's edition of the Jaipur lit-fest is now online - check this link. And here's the line-up of participating writers and speakers.

On January 24, Anjum Hasan, Kamila Shamsie, Namita Gokhale, Jaishree Misra and I will be in a session centred around The Popcorn Essayists: What Movies Do to Writers, the film-essay anthology I've edited for Tranquebar. The ladies will read from the pieces they've written for the book (topics include 1980s Bollywood gossip,
the Kaurismaki brothers, the case for censorship, and the relationship between the language of prose and the language of film) and there will be a light discussion as well, hopefully with much audience participation. Do try to drop in for the session - it should be fun (with the side-benefit that you might just run into Orhan Pamuk, J M Coetzee or Junot Diaz sipping kulhar chai on the lawns outside!).

P.S. Here, for anyone who missed it earlier, is Manil Suri's piece for the anthology, excerpted this month in Caravan magazine. And here's his Helen dance which, sadly, will not be replicated at the Jaipur fest.

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