Fully Booked: Upcoming Literary Festivals You Need To Attend

Fully Booked: Upcoming Literary Festivals You Need To Attend
Buckle up bookworms, it's that time of the year again, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Bookworms, get ready to celebrate the written word at these lit fests around India

Simrran Gill
December 27 , 2019
06 Min Read

Do you find yourself spending a substantial chunk of salary on books? Love spending winter weekends with a book and a hot cup of chai/cocoa? Then we suggest you chalk out some time for the upcoming literary festivals around India. Book readings, engaging discussions with inspiring writers, meeting favourite authors and adding to your creaking bookshelf - winter is the time for bibliophiles to get their cultural fix. So go ahead and indulge your tsundoku state of mind at these lit fests this winter: 

Filled to the brim with culture, heritage and the winter sun, the capital’s literature festival brings together the best of everything. The venue for 2020 is Dilli Haat in INA. Did we mention it is like a mini India? This edition of the festival has on board Magsaysay award winner, Ravish Kumar and Rajdeep Sardesai, along with other well known names. Book launches, readings, discussions and a platform to share creativity, imagination and exchange ideas. Read more about the festival here.
Dates: 8-10 Feb 2020


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The Kerala Lit Fest takes place on the shores of the Arabian Sea on Calicut's beaches. The festival hosts numerous events in a four-day span. Expect meaningful discussions on literature, art, cinema, culture, dance, music, environment, science, and technology. The theme for 2020 is environment and climate change. Over 10 countries will participate this time, and among the invitees are Shashi Tharoor, Karan Thapar, Ramachandra Guha, William Dalrymple, Nandita Das, and Devdutt Patnaik. Check out the schedule here.
Dates: 16-19 Jan 2020


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This one needs no introduction. The first festival that pops into anyone’s head as soon as a literary fest is mentioned, JLF has only become grander over the years. Literature enthusiasts, artists, writers, musicians, fashionistas - all can be seen here sharing their insights. The 2020 attendees include Sonali Bendre, Suhasini Haider, Prasoon Joshi, Tom Holland, Javed Akhtar and Shashi Tharoor. You will be hard pressed to figure out what to attend, and what you can miss. You can read more about it here.
Dates: 23-27 January 2020

A multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual event, HLF draws writers, artists, academics and scholars every year. The festival has something for everyone and represents the rich and cosmopolitan ethos of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, as well as the vibrant culture of the modern Cyberabad. Each year the festival pays special attention to one Indian language. For 2020 it is Malayalam. Get more details here.
Dates: 24-26 January 2020 


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Kolkata’s first lit fest and the only one in India to be created by a bookstore, Kolkata Literary Festival explores literature as part of a tangible and intangible heritage. Anuja Chauhan, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shobha De, Ravish Kumar, Urvashi Butalia, Durjoy Dutta and Julia Roberts are only a few of the names on the list this year. The festival has an interesting mix of discussions in its next edition and we suggest you be there to witness the narrative unfold. Get to know more about the festival here.
Dates: 17-19 January 2020

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