Mumbai's 11th edition of LitFest 2020 takes the virtual route

You can catch all the sessions of this fest, live on their Instagram channel, Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter account.

One of the much-celebrated events in Mumbai, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, is every bibliophile's haven. This literature festival is in its 11th year now and given the ongoing pandemic at hand, the team has adapted to the 'new normal'. The event this year will be hosted in a virtual format while keeping its authentic essence at the core of it. The festival, which will also incorporate an entertaining children's festival for two days, will be held for a week.

Global visibility of the city's fest

Participants in the fest this year, will include Nobel Laureate Sir Roger Penrose- who is regarded as the father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky, acclaimed authors Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Ruskin Bond, Amy Tan, Neil Gaiman, Howard Jacobson, Sudha Murthy, Fareed Zakaria, Peter May, Amish, Shashi Tharoor, Shobhaa De, Farrukh Dhondy, Craig Brown and the list simply goes on.

Internationally known thinkers Michael Sandel, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Robin Dunbar, Henry Marsh, Christophe Jafferlot, Tom Friedman, former RBI Governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan, historian Ramachandra Guha, Javed Akhtar, T M Krishna, Sir David Hare, Naseeruddin Shah and Miriam Margolyes, will also be in attendance.

The festival's literary awards will be presented this year as well under the banner of First Book and Book of the Year, in the fiction and non-fiction categories and the Business Book of the Year. The Lifetime Achievement Award to a distinguished literary personality and the honouring of the annual Poet Laureate, will continue to be among the main highlights of the festival.

The festival founder-director, Anil Dharker was quoted saying, "We are delighted to be able to announce that our LitFest has not fallen victim to the pandemic. The silver lining in our Corona cloud has been that the necessity of holding a virtual festival has resulted in us being able to host a higher number of really star participants from across India and the world, and has enabled us to give global visibility to the much loved and awaited Tata Mumbai LitFest."

You can catch all the sessions of this fest, live on their Instagram, Facebook, YouTube channel and Twitter account.

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