World Writers' Festival
2014 Edition: Writers of India
This celebration of world literature is the result of an innovative partnership between Columbia University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The second year of this exciting initiative brings together more than a dozen authors Sept. 17 to 21 in Paris for Writers of India, featuring Columbia's Akeel Bilgrami, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Vishakha N. Desai, along with Urvashi Butalia, Vikram Chandra, Amit Chaudhuri, Kiran Desai, Uday Prakash, Salma, Sudeep Sen, Akhil Sharma, Geetanjali Shree, Indra Sinha, Shumona Sinha, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Jeet Thayil.
Five days, 28 writers from 18 countries, 30 events and 6,000 people in attendance add up to what organizers are calling a successful first edition of the World Writers’ Festival.
The Festival was hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Europe, with events held in several venues throughout Paris and at the Center’s Reid Hall. The moveable festival traveled to Lyon on Monday, Sept. 23, for its final two days.
“The strategic objective of the Festival was to announce—to Paris, France, and Europe—that Columbia is a now a major 'player' on the Continent,” according to Paul LeClerc, Director of Columbia Global Centers | Europe. “Through elegant and meaningful partnerships with other world-class organizations such as the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Columbia and the Paris Center can use its convening power to create globally-relevant, cultural programming for a very broad public.”
The Festival welcomed students, Columbia alumni, members of the press, and Columbia Global Centers delegates from around the world. Student volunteers from the Mailman-EHESP Master of Public Health at Reid Hall also contributed to make this event a resounding success.