Writers, etc. with Vaiju Naravane, 09 April 2014
29th session of “Writers, etc.”: Vaiju Naravane in conversation with Pavan K Varma.
"Writers, etc." is a monthly literary platform jointly organised by the Book Office of the French Embassy in India and the Alliance Française in Delhi.
"Writers, etc." is usually our platform for books, a space where the written word gets primacy, where literary ideas and their practitioners can genuinely interact with each other and the general public, coming together to ask pertinent questions and seek their answers: what role does books play in contemporary societies? How do practitioners see their responsibilities vis-à-vis the public and, turning that over, how do we see them? How has literature adapted to its place among the growing pantheon of varied and addictive forms of cultural transmission? The aim is also to encourage audiences to discover new texts, to explore new genres and styles, and to think, quite simply, about writers, etc.
The session was held on Wednesday, 9th April 2014 at M. L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi (72, Lodi Estate, New Delhi - 110003)
Vaiju Naravane is the The Hindu’s Senior Europe Correspondent based in Paris since 1996. Also a name in the audiovisual media, she features regularly in international television and radio programmes of Kiosque -TV5, C dans l’air- France 5, JT – iTELE, Arte, France 2, France 3, LCP, LCI, and BBC World Service Radio. A lecturer, she has taught at the Sciences Po Paris School of Journalism. To the many hats she wears, Navarane adds Foreign Fiction Editor with the French publishing house Albin Michel, where she has published authors like Vikram Seth, Manil Suri, Alan Hollinghurst, Esther Freud, Daniel Alarcon, Anita Nair and Anita Brookner, among others.
Pavan K. Varma, distinguished career diplomat and writer, is currently Advisor (Culture) to the Chief Minister of Bihar. A writer of depth and insight, he has penned over a dozen books as well as translated the poetry of Kaifi Azmi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Gulzar.