Khushwant Singh Literary Festival, Kasauli
The Khushwant Singh Literary Festival is an eponymous ode to the late author, lawyer and journalist, who is best known for his book Train to Pakistan. The festival takes place every winter in the high hills of Kausali, where the writer spent much of his time, writing, idling or both. At the 6th edition of the festival in 2018, one will see authors, poets and actors such as Anuja Chauhan, Gurcharan Das, Nirupama Dutt, Mark Tully, Nivedita Menon, Rahul Bose and Shashi Tharoor. This year&rsquos the festival rests on the theme &lsquothe rise of women&rsquo, while also focusing on India-Pakistan ties.
When October 12-14 2018
Bangalore Literature Festival
The Bangalore Literature Festival is a community-funded festival that takes place annually in the tech city. With a focus on national and international literature, BLF also places focus on Kannada literature, setting it apart from other festivals in the country. It is also the only festival with a property, Litmart, where aspiring authors can submit their works to be noticed and read by Indian publishers.
When October 27-28, 2018
Valley of Words, Dehradun
At the foothills of the Himalayas, a new wave of literature is being celebrated at a literature festival. The second edition of the Valley of Words festival is set to take place in Dehradun this November. At the 2018 edition, you can expect to see writers such as Anjum Hassan, Gillian Wright, Nirupama Dutt, Mark Tully, among others. There will be book launches, panel discussions and more.
When November 23-25, 2018
Tata Literature Live Mumbai
Tata Literature Live is Mumbai&rsquos answer to lit fests around the country. This well-organised event usually makes the venues NCPA and Prithvi Theatre, in different parts of Mumbai, its home for its duration. There are panel discussions, talks, launches and workshops around some of the more relevant themes of the day. In this year&rsquos edition, Harnidh Kaur, Anuradha Sengupta, Tishani Doshi among others are only a few of the 100 odd authors, journalists, playwrights, etc. who would be participating. In addition, Lit Live also hosts a contest every year, in which the authors of the best entries can read their work aloud at the festival.
When November 15-18, 2018
JLF Literature festival, Jaipur
Attending the country&rsquos best known literature festival, JLF in Jaipur is on everyone&rsquos checklist, whether they like reading or not. The stage is set at the grand Diggi Palace venue, where hundreds of authors from around the world come together along with swarms of readers. There are interesting discussions, debates, book signings and the sale of books. And like all good shows, there is a main attraction or headliner Last year it was Rupi Kaur this year, it&rsquos Neil Gaiman.
When January 24-28, 2019
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival
While most of North India is en route to Jaipur for the JLF, Kolkata is self-sufficient. The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, which takes place in the heart of winter, is the first such event to be created by a bookstore, Oxford. The four-day festival is attended by literary writers, scholars, translators, among other personalities and also included a mini-edition for children&rsquos books last year.
When January 18-20, 2019