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Naga writer participates in Brooklyn Book Festival

By EMN Updated: Sep 24, 2017 11:29 pm

Kohima, Sep. 24 (EMN): Kohima-based writer Avinuo Kire participated in the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival representing India at the festival on September 17 at Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier literary festivals and one of the largest free literary events in the world, updates on Sunday informed.

Kire participated in the main day of the festival for a session that was based on the topic ‘The Far Reaches of the Empire: Religion, Rebels and Railroad’. The panel included authors Peter Kimani of Kenya and Naivo from Madagascar while the discussion was moderated by Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, director of Public Programs at PEN, America.

A press release from Kire informed that during the course of discussion, she spoke on the politics of writing, with specific reference to Nagaland’s unique history “which is inextricably linked to its politics.” She highlighted the necessity of Naga writers to construct their stories based upon their unique world view and not around a European or ‘Bollywood’ model. She stated that India was a country of multiple narratives and thus stressed on the importance of minority groups to share their stories. The young author observed that this can be an effective means of connecting cultures and integrating people in a country with such diversity as India.

In general, the panel of authors held an invigorating discussion and consensus on the European Imperial Project and its far reaching effects on ordinary lives which reverberates even to this day, the press release said.

By EMN Updated: Sep 24, 2017 11:29:25 pm