Thiruvananthapuram: The inaugural edition of the literary festival “Books on the Beach,” organised by India Book Foundation under the patronage of Dr. Shashi Tharoor MP, will be held at Kovalam here from November 10 to 12. The event is supported by Kerala Tourism.
The three-day event will host writers, poets, environmentalists, artists, academics, reporters and editors. They will conduct readings and recitals besides participating in debates and dialogues on various topics.
Speaking at a press conference, Tharoor said, “Literature appeals to a more discerning audience. The Hay Festival here a few years ago was a huge success. It’s time we established a durable institution that showcases the capital city and Kerala as a place of ideas and culture. But a lit-fest is not for visitors alone; it will also further energise the already vibrant reading culture in the State.”
Dr Venu. V, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, said: “Cultural festivals play an important role in branding and promoting destinations. Kerala Tourism is presently positioning the State as an arts and culture hub. A literary festival with an international perspective will be apt alongside the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, IFFK and International Theatre festival as powerful brand ambassadors.” “It will provide a fillip to tourism in the State.”
Reading sessions and writing workshops in schools and colleges across the city will also be organised as part of the literary fest. Festival Director Sabin Iqbal was also present on the occasion.