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

Virtual Festival
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Schedule for Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest 2020


Inauguration of Tata Literature Live! 2020

  • Monday, 16th Nov
  • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm IST

Festival Inauguration followed by The Enduring Power Of Words.
Ian McEwan live in conversation with Anil Dharker.

Living A Little, Meaning A Lot

  • Wednesday, 18th Nov
  • 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm IST

From The Particular To The Universal.
Howard Jacobson in conversation with Karthika VK.

Words Of Inspiration

  • Wednesday, 18th Nov
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm IST

Books That Made Me A Writer.
A panel discussion with Ashwin Sanghi, Cauvery Madhavan, Ira Mukhoty, Taran Khan with Rehana Munir as the chair.

Kavitechi Bhasha, Bhashechi Kavita

  • Thursday, 19th Nov
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm IST

Form, technique, and language. 

Sachin Ketkar

Do You Want To Be A Storyteller?

  • Thursday, 19th Nov
  • 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm IST

A straight talk by Lord Jeffrey Archer.

Jeffrey Archer

First Nations Storyteller : The importance of Caring for Land and Language.

  • Friday, 20th Nov
  • 10:00 am - 10:45 am IST

Join Award winning Gunai writer and Artist, Kirli Saunders as she reflects on her creative process and offers readings from her poetry and verse novel collections. Learn about the intersection of land and language, and understand the importance of connection with land and community. 

Kirli Saunders

Tata Literature Live! 2020 Poet Laureate

  • Friday, 20th Nov
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm IST

Presentation to Javed Akhtar with a citation by Ashutosh Gowariker, followed by a reading of his poems; accompanied by Rakshanda Jalil; and a conversation with Anil Dharker.

Brighter Books

  • Friday, 20th Nov
  • 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm IST

Can there be light relief in dark times?
A panel discussion with Amitava Kumar, Gill Hornby, Moni Mohsin with Gauri Sinh as the chair.

The First Time Ever

  • Friday, 20th Nov
  • 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm IST

The Thrill And Challenges Of Writing A First Book. A panel discussion with Deepa Anappara, Megha Majumdar, Sabin Iqbal and Deepanjana Pal as the chair.

An Exaltation Of Writers

  • Saturday, 21st Nov
  • 7:45 am - 8:45 pm IST

Many pens tell one tale.
A panel discussion with Amish and Ravi Subramanian with Amrita Mahale as the chair.

No Birds Sing

  • Saturday, 21st Nov
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm IST

Why Are Dark Themes So Attractive?
A panel discussion with Andrey Kurkoc, Markus Zusak, Milena Moser and Sonal Shah as the chair.

Inside Story

  • Saturday, 21st Nov
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 am IST

The life and literature of Martin Amis.
Martin Amis in conversation with Anil Dharker.

Anil Dharker

Book In Focus

  • Saturday, 21st Nov
  • 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm IST

“A Suitable Boy” by Vikram Seth.

Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Saturday, 21st Nov
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm IST

Presentation to Ruskin Bond followed by a conversation with Vishal Bharadwaj.

Ruskin Bond

Pandemic Tales

  • Saturday, 21st Nov
  • 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm IST

In the darkest of times, humanity shines through. A panel discussion between Emma Donoghue, Peter May, Shobhaa De and Roshan Ali as the chair.

  • Sunday, 22nd Nov
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm IST

A unique aural and visual experience as Shaun Tan’s wordless graphic novel is brought to life by an 11 member orchestra.

There’s Always Room For Rumi

  • Sunday, 22nd Nov
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm IST

The launch of Rumi: A New Collection, followed by a discussion on why he is a poet for all humanity.
Farrukh Dhondy in conversation with Ranjit Hoskote and Arshia Sattar as the chair.

Time Past To Time Future

  • Sunday, 22nd Nov
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm IST

The many worlds of Robert Harris.
Robert Harris in conversation with Jonathan Gil Harris.

Dreaming Up Multiverses

  • Sunday, 22nd Nov
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm IST

The many dimensions of Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman in conversation with Jerry Pinto.

Tata Literature Live! 2020 Awards

  • Sunday, 22nd Nov
  • 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm IST

Presentation of literary awards in fiction, non-fiction and business categories.