The Eleventh Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Monday, November 16th to Sunday, November 22nd 2020

Virtual Festival
Real Books

Live on YouTube, Facebook,
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Monica Ali


Monica is an award-winning writer, whose novels include ‘Brick Lane’, ‘In the Kitchen’ and ‘Untold Story’. Her work has been translated into 26 languages. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She has been a visiting Professor on the MFA course at Columbia University, New York and from 2015-18, she was Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Surrey.


Book In Focus : Midnight’s Children

Panel Discussions Friday, 15th Nov 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tata Theatre - NCPA

You had to be of an age to read Midnight’s Children in 1981 to understand its genius and explosive impact at that time, both in India and overseas. It won the Booker that year and got the Booker of Bookers in 2008. Close to 40 years after its release, a distinguished panel will discuss the […]

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It’s Just Not Real : Why Cultural Appropriation Isn’t Cool

Panel Discussions Saturday, 16th Nov 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Tata Theatre - NCPA

Why cultural appropriation isn’t cool.

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The Opening Lines : Capturing The Reader

Workshops Saturday, 16th Nov 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Title Waves Lounge - St Pauls Institute

Monica Ali talks about how, what and when to begin a story.

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Brick Lane, Brickbats and Britain

Conversations Sunday, 17th Nov 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Title Waves - St Pauls Institute

Monica Ali chats about her groundbreaking novel Brick Lane, that was nominated for the Booker Man Prize in 2003, her life, her work, her muses, and her Bangladeshi-British identity. 

Other Speakers :
Jerry Pinto
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