The Twelfth Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Thursday, November 18th to Sunday, November 21st 2021

Literature Unmasked

Live on YouTube, Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram

Genre Fluid

  • Sunday, 21st Nov
  • 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm IST

Why must fiction be pigeonholed as either literary or genre, such as crime, detective, fantasy, science fiction, etc.? Who decides what is high or low brow? A leading novelist, whose books have broken several shibboleths, argues that “in literature…he who’s prettiest — by which I mean most acceptable — makes the rules.” Focusing on his latest genre-defying work, a trilogy set in Africa, which some have called a queer literary fantasy, this Black novelist talks about the need to question literary norms set by privileged white male writers.


Marlon James

Marlon James has won several awards for his trail-blazing writing, including the Man Booker Prize for his seminal novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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Shalini Puri

Shalini Puri is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work spans postcolonial, Caribbean, gender, and memory studies; indentureship, slavery, and incarceration; environmental humanities, and social movements. She has written two books and co-edited several. 

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Books In The Session

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

  • Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • Marlon James
  • One World Publications


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