Why a Bookstore creating a Literature Festival is as Special as it is unique!

by Maina Bhagat As we prepare to celebrate the 10th year of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, (Jan 18- 20th ) and herald the upcoming centenary  of India’s much loved Oxford Bookstore Park Street, I sit here in my office at the Oxford Bookstore contemplating the journey, which is, indeed, the destination. I believe , as the Spanish novelist Jorge Carrion enunciated beautifully,  Every bookshop … Continue reading Why a Bookstore creating a Literature Festival is as Special as it is unique!

Working for ‘third parent’ Oxford Bookstore to curate Kolkata’s First and India’s Only Literary Festival created by a Bookstore and India’s First Bangla Festival

By Aatreyee Ghosh My first introduction to the world of books was my grandmother who would take me to Oxford Bookstore every first Saturday of the month which would be followed by lunch at one of the restaurants in Park Street and then an evening pouring over the treasures accumulated throughout the day at the bookstore. So, coming back to work at nearly 100 year old … Continue reading Working for ‘third parent’ Oxford Bookstore to curate Kolkata’s First and India’s Only Literary Festival created by a Bookstore and India’s First Bangla Festival

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival – Love in a Time of Vitriol

By Anjum Katyal This journey began with Alice Walker, celebrated Pulitzer Prize winning writer-activist, whose unforgettable The Color Purple was a rite of passage in my undergraduate days. She pledged to come to us in January 2017 and the excitement of that promised treat was the wind beneath my wings as the planning for AKLF 2017 started. But as the year steamrolled ahead, it got … Continue reading Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival – Love in a Time of Vitriol