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Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival , India’s first major literary initiative of the year, India's only literary Festival created by a bookstore and Kolkata’s first literary festival, reflects our city’s vibrancy of thought, its engagement with the literary world at large...Explore literature as part of our tangible and intangible heritage…Celebrate books, music, art, film, and more with the finest creative minds in the nation and globally, as events unfold at the city’s magnificent heritage sites, and in India's finest and most loved bookstore, the Oxford Bookstore.

AKLF’s 2017 schedule is woven around starting conversations to make the world a more inclusive place. Spotlighting Kolkata’s unique cultural heritage of inclusiveness, the programme of the eighth edition of AKLF was announced aboard a cruise on the banks of Ganga. AKLF 2017 programming spans the entire spectrum of inclusion, from women and children to the underprivileged, including our tribute to Mahasweta Devi who brought the most marginalized into the fold of literature. The era of Post Truth, where facts are fast losing out to rhetoric, the reality globally, is discussed by experts; as is the impact of different media on our reality today. Every evening for three days, AKLF will pay a tribute to Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan through poetry and contemporary music at Poetry Café’ and Plug In, hosted at our main venue - St. Paul’s Cathedral grounds - chosen for its welcoming, accessible and inclusive nature.

AKLF 2017 will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, established in 1847 and Oxford Bookstore, established in 1919. The festival’s closing event will be hosted at St John's Church, built in 1787. The Festival conversations will also be hosted at Royal Calcutta Turf Club, Tollygunge Club, the campus of iLead & Presidency University, Daga Nikunj and Harrington Street Arts Centre.

10 reasons that make this a true booklovers’ lit fest -

Meaningful conversations and Illuminating discussions, 
A world of new ideas and experiences, 
Interactions with thinkers and writers in the company of like-minded book lovers, 
Literary events in historical heritage venues across the city, 
Engaging with the best minds from Kolkata, India, the world, 
The intimate ambience of a heritage bookstore steeped in tradition, 
Endless cups of hot chai on crisp winter afternoons and evenings, 
Meeting your favourite authors in an informal atmosphere, 
Discovering talented new writers, 
Asking the one question you always wanted to ask – and getting it answered. 



Click here for 2017 Festival Schedule. Click here for all Venues and Directions




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