Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2022 will be held in virtual mode

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AKLF 2022 will focus on fiction, non-fiction, food, mental and physical health during the pandemic-triggered lockdown, poetry, politics, current affairs, parenting, translations, history , children’s and adult literature among other themes, through 24 interactive sessions, the spokesperson said.

AKLF 2022 will be streamed live on the literary festival’s official Facebook and YouTube handles as well as in Oxford’s iconic bookstores.

Some of the prominent speakers who will be part of the 13th edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival include author William Dalrymple, children’s author Andy Griffiths; poet, novelist and journalist Jeet Thayil; filmmaker and writer Vandana Kohli.

AKLF 2022 will be streamed live on the literary festival’s official Facebook and YouTube handles as well as in Oxford’s iconic bookstores. (Photo: PR document)

Other speakers are author, lecturer and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik; columnist and novelist, Shobhaa De; French diplomats Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens and Dr. Christine Cornet; author, journalist and film critic, Anupama Chopra; journalist Seema Goswami; director and actor Aparna Sen, journalist Vir Sanghvi, Bollywood actors Kabir Bedi, Tusshar Kapoor, Jugal Hansraj; celebrity chefs, Sanjeev Kapoor and Vikas Khanna; veteran Indian theater actress, Dolly Thakore, etc.

Maina Bhagat, Director of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival said, “The festival is packed with thought-provoking, entertaining and informative sessions. Above all, it commemorates and ushers in the centenary year of the iconic Heritage Oxford Bookstore, an integral part of the life and times of this great city. We will be happy to share this journey with you in the months to come.

Another important literary appointment in the festival calendar, Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet earlier this week postponed the festival which was to be held on the lawns of Victoria Memorial from January 25.

A spokesperson for the literary festival said on Tuesday that the festival on the ground will take place when the situation is under control. However, some online sessions will take place on scheduled dates “to mark the city’s annual get-together with literature and the arts.

The spokesperson had said there would be online sessions, featuring 2021 Booker winner Damon Galgut, Indra Nooyi and Andre Aciman “to mark our dates in January”.

But festival authorities will look for a suitable time, probably the last weekend of March depending on the situation afterwards, to host the event on the ground, she said.

Apu Dey, one of the leaders of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, said organizers of the postponed Kolkata International Book Fair, postponed from February 28, hoped to go ahead with the literary gathering organized in same time as the book fair for a few days in a hybrid format (both on location and streaming simultaneously on YouTube.

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