The White Owl Literature Festival and Book Fair to be held in Nagaland on February 9
DIMAPUR — The White Owl Literature Festival and Book Fair, a two-day celebration of literature, culture and community, is set to be held on February 9 and 10, at the Zone Niathu by The Park in Chümoukedima, Nagaland.
A collaboration between The White Owl Book Lounge, Penguin Random House India, and Cambridge University Press, this landmark festival, which will bring together a unique blend of local and global literary influences, promises to be a pioneering event in a region known for its avid readership, steeped in rich historical and cultural heritage.
For the first time, renowned publishing house Penguin and Cambridge University Press are coming together for a literature festival in the Northeast, said a press statement received here on Tuesday.
Themed ‘Echoes of Narratives’, the cultural extravaganza will celebrate the history, culture and geography of the Northeast through an engaging, educational, and entertaining programme which will cover myriad topics, ranging from the legacy of Northeast India to the world of graphic novels, commercial fiction, and discussions on the economy, environment and wellness.
Promising to offer something for every literary taste, Nagaland will, for the first time, be inundated with bestselling and illustrious authors and prominent personalities such as Vivek Shanbagh, Taslima Nasrin, Sarnath Banerjee, Durjoy Dutta, Viju B., Vasudha Rai, Nikhil Gulati, and Lavanya Karthik, to name a few, as well as eminent local authors such as Mmhonlumo Kikon, Avinuo Kire, Shelmi Sankhil, and others, said the update.
Shedding more light on the event, Viketuno Rio, Festival Director and proprietor of The White Owl, said: ‘The White Owl Literature Festival is my most ambitious venture. A vision that started with the book lounge now sees fruition in the form of a grand literary event. Nagaland, along with the other north-eastern states of India, is a vibrant tapestry of storytelling.’
‘Literature, oral and now written, has kept us grounded in our roots and given us the ability to collaborate with other strengths. Penguin and Cambridge University Press, as partners, will enable this one-of-a-kind event in the region to reach out to a wider audience and invite new and fresh interest in the Northeast,’ she added.
Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO, India, SEA, and MENA, Penguin Random House, said, ‘This is the first time that Penguin is organizing a literature festival in the Northeast. Our publishing house has been actively curating a powerful portfolio of writing from the region and we take immense pride in our list of books and voices that we publish. This festival is a perfect way to pay homage to one of the richest literary hubs in our country. With The White Owl as our local partner, we are confident that this festival will attract an array of readers to provide them an opportunity to engage with authors.’
Arun Rajamani, Managing Director, Cambridge University Press and Assessment, South Asia, also expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming festival.
‘We are excited to partner with The White Owl Literature Festival in Nagaland, which we see as an important initiative not only for the state of Nagaland but also for the entire northeast region- to encourage more literary work, foster academic research, and empower more thought leaders from this region to address global problems such as climate change. Partnering with The White Owl Literature Festival further amplifies our mission of unlocking the potential and growth of over 10 million learners in South Asia, in alignment with the global vision of impacting lives, creating a better society and a planet for tomorrow,’ Rajamani was quoted as saying.
The White Owl Literature Festival will also host Nagaland’s first book fair, providing a perfect platform for publishers and distributors from across the country to present and sell their diverse collection of books covering a variety of genres to readers of all ages.
With an aim to foster a love for literature and learning from an early age, workshops and dedicated play area will also be arranged for the younger audience, creating an interactive and educational space for children.
Besides literary delights, attendees can immerse themselves in cultural performances and indulge in an eclectic food service, adding a sensory dimension to the overall festival experience, said the update.
The entry fee to the festival is INR 50, while it is free for school and college students with official student identification.
To ensure a seamless experience, the organisers have requested visitors to register online at https://thewhiteowl.in.