NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- Popular romance writer Ravinder Singh released his new book now, which has the (slightly menacing) title, Your Dreams are Mine Now.
- An excerpt from Yatrik by Arnab Ray (in English) via DNA.
- New in paperback is this morass by MJ Peters, embracing every stereotype of colonial India that there is. Elephants? Thuggees? Kali-worshipping cult? Maharajas? Got them all.
- Upamanyu Chatterjee (of English, August fame) has released his new book, Fairy Tales at Fifty.
- The third edition of India’s queer mag, Gaysi, will be released in Delhi on 28 November.
- The Murty Classical Library, run from Harvard, is set to release its first five translations of Indian classics in January 2015.
- A new set of rare recordings of the Bengali poet and author Shakti Chattopadhyay singing and reciting his work has been released.
- ‘The Letter‘, an excerpt from Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves, is on Scroll.
- Easterine Kire’s When the River Sleeps is now available as an Ebook.
- This is not new, but I came across archives of Mahfil, an academic journal that has published a host of translations of rare Indian writing – all online, freely accessible
- David Davidar has a new anthology of short stories out.
- Watch this short film and listen to a recitation of Anup Sethi’s poem, ‘Joote’ (in Hindi)
- Darius Cooper’s book of short stories (in English) is out– The Fuss About Queens and Other Stories
COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Columns and Articles
- Ajay Kamalakaran writes about a 1960s performance of the Ramayana by the Moscow Childrens’ Theatre.
- Jerry Pinto for the Guardian has a list of his 6 best novels about Mumbai (all English)
- Ashoka University professor Jonathan Gil Harris on bringing Shakespeare to India.
- In the Indian Quarterly, Zeeshan Ahmad talks about the rise of Bangla comics.
- Swarajya magazine, a right wing publication that usually contains rubbish , now has a column on literary translation. Where is this going?
- The unstoppable AG Noorani reviews Jashn e Khusrau, a new collection of writing on Sufi mystics published by the Aga Khan Trust.
- Gargi Gupta reviews Shubha Menon’s The Second Coming (predictable romance with gender stereotypes, apparently)
- Deepa Dharmadhikari reviews Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves for Mint.
- Mahvesh Murad has reviewed in the Dawn, as well
- Vivek Menezes reviews two books on the Goan diaspora -Selma Carvalho’s A Railway Runs Through: Goans Of British East Africa, 1865-1980, and Reena Martins’Bomoicar: Stories Of Bombay Goans, 1920-1980
- Priya Gangwani reviews two Indian YA novels with queer themes, for Scroll: Himanjali Sarkar’s Talking of Muskaan, and Payal Dhar’s Slightly Burnt
NEWS, AWARDS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHING, EVENTS
- In Karnataka, Lalit Kala Akademi award winners returned the prize money of Rs.10,000, suggesting that it was not enough.
- Pakistani writer Bilal Tanweer won the Shakti Bhatt Prize for his novel, The Scatter Here Is Too Great (in English)
- I wrote about the bizarre choices made by the IIC for India’s nominations to the IMPAC Dublin award.
- Writer, and Telugu actor Gollapudi Maruti Rao has been selected for the Loknayak Foundation Award 2015 for his contribution to the Telugu cinema and literature.
- American poet Vijay Seshadri speaks to Deccan Chronicle about learning to love poetry. He spoke with Forbes mag too.
- Swati Chandra interviews Moharram Ali, Varanasi’s weaver-poet, for Indian Express.
- Sridala Swami interviews American poet, Kazim Ali, for Mint.
- Today is Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s 107th birth anniversary. Follow @sanjay_dixit and @iamrana for live tweets (in Hindi) of some of his poetry.
- In a disgraceful incident, the Dalit poet ND Rajkumar was silenced by other people at a Sahitya Akademi event, when he said he didn’t belong to a particular literary tradition. Read him on the event, his publisher, and one of his translators.
- Bushra Alvi interviews Zafar Anjum on his new book on Urdu poet Iqbal.
- Assamese writer Leena Sarma explains why her eighth novel will be in English and not Assamese.
- Devika Rangachari on her new YA book, Didda and I, on the Duckbill blog.
- What has Arundhati Roy been up to, since The God of Small Things? Andrew Anthony finds out.
Publishing and Bookselling
- Tata has closed 10 outlets of its retail chain Landmark, which sold, amongst other things, books. There are only 11 stores left open now.
- After being sued by the erstwhile royal family of Dumrao for his unflattering depiction of them in his novel, Chetan Bhagat is now being charged with plagiarism, by a Bihar scholar.
- Indians love Archie comics.
- Cambridge University will be putting some of its Sanskrit collections online.
- An interview with Arpita Das, who runs indie press Yoda Books. Yoda just turned ten.
- PublicCon 2014 will be held on Dec 3, 2014 at FICCI in Delhi, with the theme ‘Publishing across Platforms’
- The Times of India’s organised LitFest in Mumbai invited Tarun Tejpal, a journalist and editor now facing rape charges and out on bail, to speak at a panel titled ‘The Tyranny of Power’. Following much protesting, he was disinvited – the organiser said she didn’t want any ‘extraneous noise‘ at the event.
- A description of Bihar’s Hindi poetry fest, the Bharatiya Kavita Samaroh.
- Dec 2-4 – A seminar on Literary Activism at Jadavpur University and Presidency University.