The first Kovalam Literary Festival is quite memorable for me as it happened when I was enjoying a brief holiday at the awesome Taj Green Cove luxury resort and it was my first meeting with Dr. Shashi Tharoor. I had the chance to attend some of the readings by famous authors and meet some of the greats.
Here is a slice of what is planned (excerpt from The Hindu) - "Noted litterateur Vishnu Narayanan Namboodiri is scheduled to inaugurate the three-day event at the Taj Kovalam on Wednesday evening. Actor Om Puri will be present to pre-release his forthcoming biography. Burmese dissident writer Ma Thida, who was jailed till 1999 for her pro-democracy writings, will read from her fiction. Amitav Ghosh, a big supporter of Burmese writing, will send a preface to modern Burmese writing which will be read out at the festival by Mukul Kesavan, author and commentator."
Ever a center of literature, arts and learning, Trivandrum is the perfect location to host a tasteful event like this and the Taj Green Cove provides a stunning venue for it.
Do take a look at the beautiful official website, which packs lots of information and photos of the current and past ensemble at the Lit Fest.