New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The annual Kovalam Literary Festival will make its debut stopover in the national capital Sept 29 with a daylong session at the India International Centre (IIC), founder-director of the festival Binoo K. John said Monday.
The stopover in being held prior to the main festival in Thiruvananthapuram Oct 1-2.
The line-up includes Mohammed Hanif, Aamer Hussain, Fatima Bhutto from Pakistan and Shehan Karunatilake, the author of ‘Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Matthew’ from Sri Lanka.
Karunatilake won the Gratiaen Award for his book.
‘Hanif is expected to read from his new novel ‘Our Lady of Alice Bhatti’. The India International Centre is sponsoring the mini-edition of the Kovalam Literary Festival. An event in Delhi will give us leverage and will help brand the festival,’ John said.
‘Delhi has book events throughout the year and an extremely aware audience will get a day’s extravaganza with a music concert at the end,’ John added.
John’s new book, ‘The Last Song of Savio de Souza’, will also feature in the festival.