Veteran editor and author, Inderjit Badhwar, has been chosen by the Prague Writers Festival (PWF) to represent India at its annual literary conclave to be held at the European “City of Spires” between November 9-15.
Delhi-based Badhwar, the former editor of India Today, is editor of India Legal. PWF is rated among the top 36 global festivals. Hosting an array of authors, Nobel laureates, and Pulitzer Prize winners, PWF’s theme this year is “The Fire Next Time”, the title of American author James Baldwin’s book which became a national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, giving support to the emerging civil rights movement.
All discussions are open to the public and centred around current topics, according to a release issued by PWF. Previous invitees of Indian origin have included Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy. Other celebrated authors who have featured in the past include Harold Pinter, William Styron, Nadine Gordimer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Banville.
Prominent thinkers and authors participating in the 2017 PWF include Affinity Konar (US), author of “Mischling”; Robert Menasse (Austria), “The European Courier” and “Wings of Stone”; Magdalena Platzova (Czech Republic), “Aaron’s Leap”; Mohammed Achari (Morocco), “The Arch and the Butterfly”; Ali Ahmad Said Esber or Adunis (Syria), one of the most influential and dominant Arab poets of the modern era; Kirill Medvedev, poet, musician (Russia),”It’s No Good”; Joseph Kanon (USA), “Defectors” and “The Prodigal Spy”; Maria Golia (US & Egypt) “Cairo: City of Sand ” and Ayse Kulin (Turkey) “Love in Exile” and “Last Train to Istanbul.”