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The third edition of the Literature Live! festival begins in Mumbai today

Home to Bollywood, glamour is certainly not new to Mumbai. But starting today, the city will be treated to stardust of the literary kind as curtains go up on the third edition of Tata Literature Live!. This five-day literary festival — also called the Mumbai Litfest 2012 — will be on till November 4. With National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) as the venue, it has over 100 participants, 30 of who are from overseas. The events range from book launches and lectures to workshops and discussions with authors, publishers and literary agents. Festival director Anil Dharker points out that the fest has evolved in many ways. "Parallel sessions will take place this year. The Godrej Theatre will screen live feed from the events at Tata Theatre so that attendees don't miss out," he says.

Nobel laureate Sir Vidia S Naipaul's presence — who will be honoured with Landmark Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tata Theatre today — marks the highlight of this edition. That apart, the long list for this year's Tata Literature Live! First Book Award includes Yasmeen Premji (The King in Exile), Naresh Fernandes (Taj Mahal Foxtrot), Aarthi Ramachandran (Decoding Rahul Gandhi) and Ruchir Sharma (Breakout Nations). The winner will be announced on the last day of the fest.

A number of books will be launched, including India Grows at Night by Gurucharan Das, Sethji by Shobhaa De, Jinnah vs Gandhi by Roddy Matthews and the Hindi edition of Amish Tripathi's Secret of the Nagas. Tripathi says that he's party to the cause of showcasing regional language books at the fest. "Many literary fests do not give the respect and attention due to regional languages. I'm glad that Lit Live! is an exception," he says.

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