Delhiites will rub shoulders with Ruskin Bond, Arundhati Roy, Tharoor .
New Delhi: The capital’s favourite literary and cultural festival is back with an open-air library and in a new avatar, Penguin Fever 2017, a special edition of Spring Fever.
A one-of-a-kind celebration of books, reading and music, the event will give an opportunity for the Delhi’s younger generation to interact with their favourite authors from October 26 to October 31.
Hosted at the amphitheatre at the India Habitat Centre, the literary festival will see participation of who’s who including Ruskin Bond, Arundhati Roy, Shashi Tharoor, Sunita Narain, Pradip Krishen, Anand Kumar, Emraan Hashmi, Gulzar, Hindol Sengupta, Husain Haqqani, Luke Coutinho, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ramachandra Guha, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Sonali Bendre Behl, Srijan Pal Singh, Sunil Khilnani, Sunil Sethi, and Twinkle Khanna.
The festival will be open for all from 11 am till 7 pm daily for five days. There will be an open-air library at at the amphitheatre during the day.
In the evenings, the same space will be transformed into a hub of literary hustle-bustle, featuring authors, previews of forthcoming and current attractions, panel discussions, to be followed by music performances.
The literary festival kicks off from Thursday (October 26) with a session featuring Arundhati Roy in conversation with Shohini Ghosh at 7pm.
On Day 2, Shobhaa De will join a session on turning 70, followed by a double session with Sunita Narain, Prerna Bindra and Pradip Krishen on Day 3.
On Day 4 of the event, Delhiites will get a chance to meet Ruskin Bond at 5 pm followed by a session with bestselling crime writers such as Brijesh Singh, Ravi Subramanian and Novoneel Chakraborty among others at 7pm, which is likely to attract an involved audience of booklovers.
“It is a festival close to our hearts and one readers and authors alike look forward to with anticipation. We hope that our readers will love the calendar which has an eclectic and vibrant mix of authors and books for everyone,” Hemali Sodhi, senior vice president (Marketing and Publishing) said.