Curtain Goes up on the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2022

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival

New Delhi, December 2021: The much-awaited thirteenth edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) curated by Oxford Bookstore was held from 21st – 23rd January 2022.  

Maina Bhagat, Director, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, offered a sneak peek into the three-day literary extravaganza at the AKLF Curtain Raiser held at ‘The Park’ New Delhi, followed by the announcement of the Longlist of the seventh edition of Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize. Twenty-one book covers made it to the longlist and were announced by Jurors – Dr Shashi Tharoor and Dr Alka Pande at the event. The varied interests of eminent jurors Priti Paul, Shobhaa De, Kunal Basu, Dr Shashi Tharoor and Dr Alka Pande helped to create a rich and diverse perspective for the selection.

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2022 will host more than fifty national and international delegates from diverse backgrounds ranging from authors, poets, screenplay writers, thinkers, sportspersons, journalists and Bollywood actors through various interactive sessions. Like the past editions, the 13th edition of the festival is a much-awaited event for all the bibliophiles who will join the literary extravaganza at the iconic heritage building Park Mansions on Park Street Kolkata, which will also be LIVE streamed to the audience across the world. The virtual sessions will be LIVE streamed on Facebook and YouTube so that everyone can watch them LIVE from anywhere in the world.

The evening also hosted a book discussion on Dr Shashi Tharoor’s newly launched book Pride, Prejudice and Punditry, published by Aleph Book Company. Dr Shashi Tharoor was in conversation with well-known journalist, columnist, and author, Sagarika Ghose. ‘Pride, Prejudice and Punditry’ talks aboutmodern Indian history, Indian politics, cricket, diplomacy, hinduism and humour.

Speaking about the festival, Ms. Maina Bhagat, Director of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) since its first edition in 2010 said, “The 13th Edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, sets its sights on our fast evolving world, and the changes that lie in store in the years ahead. Curated meticulously to meet the challenges of the Hybrid/Virtual format, with delegate participation from across 3 time zones, this acceleration to digital connectivity has not stopped us from moving forward with this key initiative. The Festival, packed with thought provoking, entertaining and informative sessions, is a celebration of the written word, in the time of Covid.”

About Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, India’s only literary Festival created by a bookstore and Kolkata’s first literary festival, reflects our city’s vibrancy of thought, its engagement with the literary world at large and explores literature as part of our tangible and intangible heritage. Celebrate books, music, art, film, and more with the finest creative minds in the nation and globally, as events unfold at the city’s magnificent heritage sites.

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About Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize

The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is a first-of-its-kind honour for splendour in book design, and an endeavour by an iconic bookstore to perceive and empower the phenomenal work of artists, designers and distributors crosswise over India. The new prize acknowledges the significance of the adjust of illustrations and story, especially in our undeniably visual age, and trusts that a book cover translates and interprets the resulting content in critical ways that add to its definitive achievement. Under the guidance of Ms. Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group, Oxford Bookstores has been pushing all boundaries to encourage the publishing industry and celebrate the business of books. Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book, designers and illustrators play a vital role in helping a book become emblematic and create recall.

About Oxford Bookstores

Oxford Bookstore is the best equipped ‘base-camp’ for journeys of the mind offering its patrons the widest range of outstanding titles and consistently courteous and informed service for close to a century. Today, with stores in major metros, India’s first of its kind tea boutique, Cha Bar, India’s only bookstore to curate multiple literary festivals like Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob and Hindi Sahitya Utsav, Oxford Bookstore offers booklovers access to the very best in publishing enhanced by a variety of events that highlights the importance of books, visual & performing arts and celebrate the word. Oxford Bookstore measures its success by the smiles on millions of happy readers that the brand has served over the last 100 years. There are a few treats as sumptuous as a visit to Oxford Bookstore in India. Each time you walk into our iconic store in Kolkata, its old world charm leaves you enchanted and desiring for more. Our fleet of ‘happy to help’ knowledgeable booksellers and conversant hosts work round the clock to bring to our vendees world class reading experience. Be it through our books or our fine teas we abide by the brand’s motto – Much more than a bookstore – at every Bookstore.

Longlist – Seventh Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize

Nominated book: Baanjh
Name of the Publisher: Readomania Publishing
Name of the Designer: Sourish Mitra
Name of the Author: Susmita Mukherjee

Nominated book: Birds and Beasts
Name of the Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Books
Name of the Designer: Priyal Mote

Nominated book: Chaiwaad or The Book of Tea
Name of the Publisher: Jadavpur University Press
Name of the Designer: Sanjukta Roy
Name of the Author: Kakuzo Okakura Translated by Lav Kanoi

Nominated book: Dalit Lekhika
Name of the Publisher: Solo
Name of the Designer: Paramita Brahmachari
Name of the Author: Kalyani Thakur Charal & Sayantan Dasgupta

Nominated book: Day in the Life of Sufi
Name of the Publisher: Pan
Name of the Designer: Misha Oberoi
Name of the Author: Raziuddin Aquil

Nominated book: Estuary
Name of the Publisher: Eka
Name of the Designer: Gavin Morris
Name of the Author: Perumal Murugan translated by Nandini Krishnan

Nominated book: Hellfire
Name of the Publisher: Eka
Name of the Designer: Harshad Marathe
Name of the Author: Leesa Gazi

Nominated book: Jodhpur Guns
Name of the Publisher: Niyogi Books
Name of the Designer: Shashi Bushan Prasad
Name of the Author: Robert Elgood

Nominated book: Kerala Bakshanam Chrithram
Name of the Publisher: DC Books
Name of the Designer: Vishak Raj
Name of the Author: Suma Sivadas & Dr. Deepa

Nominated book: Lotus Land
Name of the Publisher: Solo
Name of the Designer: Shreya Nayak
Name of the Author: Bhuban Patra

Nominated book: More Things in Heaven and Earth
Name of the Publisher: Amaryllis
Name of the Designer: Mishta Roy
Name of the Author: Kiran Manral

Nominated book: Nava Durga
Name of the Publisher: Puffin
Name of the Designer: Antra
Name of the Author: Nalini Ramachandran

Nominated book: Night of the Restless Spirits
Name of the Publisher: Viking
Name of the Designer: Antra
Name of the Author: Sarbpreet Singh

Nominated book: Ratno Dholi
Name of the Publisher: HarperPerennial
Name of the Designer: Harshad Marathe
Name of the Author: Jenny Bhatt

Nominated book: The Anger of Saintly Men
Name of the Publisher: Bee Books
Name of the Designer: Bhavi Mehta
Name of the Author: Anubha Yadav

Nominated book: The Blue Horse
Name of the Publisher: Hachette India Children’s Books
Name of the Designer: Damini Gupta
Name of the Author: Nandini Sen Gupta

Nominated book: The Illustrated Ramayana
Name of the Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Books
Name of the Designer: Neha Ahuja

Nominated book: Turmeric Nation
Name of the Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Name of the Designer: Maithili Doshi
Name of the Author: Shylashri Shankar

Nominated book: Garv Se Kaho
Name of the Publisher: Vani Prakashan Group
Name of the Designer: Sanatan Dinda
Name of the Author: Sharankumar Limbale Translated by Padmaja Ghorpade

Nominated book: The Sikh Next Door: An Identity in Transition
Name of the Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Name of the Designer: Mehek Malhotra; Giggling Monkey Studio
Name of the Author: Manpreet J. Singh

Nominated book: Kintsugi
Name of the Publisher: FourthEstate
Name of the Designer: Ishan Khosla
Name of the Author: Anukrti Upadhyay

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