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The Bangalore Literature Festival is back on a grander scale on December 3-4

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The 11th edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) is back in full glory after a two-year hiatus marred by COVID-19. This year’s edition will feature over 250 international, Indian and local authors and speakers, four program forums and two children’s sites.

The festival, which is one of the biggest literary events in the city, will be held on December 3-4 on the lawns of the Lalit Ashok Hotel on Kumara Krupa Road.

More than 20,000 literature enthusiasts are expected at the festival, according to organizers.

Programming

The last two years (2020 and 2021), the BLF was held at the Bangalore International Center and was a low-key affair.

This year, as there are no COVID-19 restrictions, the festival is being held on a larger scale and many top writers, including 2022 Booker Prize winners Geetanjali Shree and Shehan Karunatilaka, will be attending.

Popular travel writer Pico Iyer, Jnanpith laureate Damodar Mauzo, Sahitya Academy laureate Sarah Joseph and Ambai, Padmashree laureate Manjamma Jogathi, actors Farhan Akhtar, Ramesh Aravind and Kabir Bedi, author of sacred games Vikram Chandra and Indian national football team captain Sunil Chhetri are among those who will participate in the BLF.

“We hope to continue where we left off in 2019, transparently when it comes to BLF. We hope and expect that the enthusiasm of the public will be regenerated and that lovers of literature and this kind of space will come in large numbers. Personally, I have observed that there is a craving to become more involved in physical events and there is a desire to engage. Even authors want to interact with their audience. Therefore, we are reasonably optimistic,” said BLF’s V. Ravichandar.

Remembering Puneet

The BLF, in association with Atta Galatta Bookstore, will award the best in English fiction and non-fiction and Kannada writing with the BLF Book Prize. To commemorate the life of Puneeth Rajkumar, the places have been named Gandhadagudi, Raajakumara and Yuvaratna, organizers said. There is no registration fee for the event.

For more details, visit bangaloreliteraturefestival.org.

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