World Writers’ Festival 2014: Writers of India


Writers of India Festival: Columbia Alum Kiran Desai on her next book and her writing method (The Caravan)

September 25, 2014

At the Writers of India festival in Paris, the novelist Kiran Desai spoke to us about the progress of her next book, whose working title is The Loneliness of Sunny and Sonia. Her last was the novel Inheritance of Loss, published in 2006.

Globalization and Literature: Akeel Bilgrami, Vishakha Desai and Urvashi Butalia (The Caravan)

September 21, 2014
Columbia University Professors Akeel Bilgrami and Vishakha Desai with Urvashi Butalia discuss globalization and literature.

Writers of India Festival: Jeet Thayil (The Caravan)

September 21, 2014
Jeet Thayil spoke to the publisher Marc Parent at the Writers of India festival in Paris about his book Narcopolis.

A writer’s path: in conversation with young and established writers (The Caravan)

September 20, 2014
Five of these writers live and work in India, and were selected for the program through a competition conducted by The Caravan. Five others are students of Columbia University’s MFA writing program.

What Indian writers talk about in Paris: Amit Chaudhuri (The Caravan)

September 19, 2014
This year, the festival focuses on Indian writers, and its opening sessions have circled around the vexed, if fertile questions of what Indian writing owes to the classical and the modern.

Writers of India Festival: A Conversation Between Vishakha Desai and Paul LeClerc

September 06, 2014
Vishakha Desai and Paul LeClerc discuss the goals of the festival and its relationship to Columbia’s global effort.

These are but a broad sampling of images from the World Writers' Festival: Writers of India, held Sept. 17-21 in Paris and co-hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Europe and  la Bibliothèque nationale de France.


Indra Sinha at the Writers of India Festival (The Caravan)

Indra Sinha speaks with The Caravan on Animal's People and his next book.

Vikram Chandra talks about his latest book, Mirrored Mind (The Caravan)

Watch an video interview with Vikram Chandra about his latest book, Mirrored Mind—also published as Geek Sublime—recorded by The Caravan at the Paris Center during the Writers of India festival.