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Poetry, Comedy, Politics, & Progress at the 2021 IAAC Literary Festival

The Indo-American Arts Council (or IACC) will be having their 2021 Literary Festival online and in person this year. The event features an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. The week-long festival will be held live in New York City for local authors and on an on-line platform for global authors that will host book readings, keynote speakers, thought leaders and podcasts followed by virtual interactive sessions.

Author, comedian, speech writer, and actor Kal Penn will be talking about his new book, You Can’t Be Serious, on December 12 at the DAG Fuller Building (41 E 57th St Suite 708, New York, NY). Streamed online, author Yatindra Mishra will be in conversation with musician Amjad Ali Khan about his book Akhtari. Author Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain will be in conversation with moderator Rakesh Kaul about their book Nehru: The Debates that defined India.

Engineer turned comedian and speech-maker, Dan Nainan, talks about his new book, Accidentally Funny. A Poetry Session will feature Arundhathi Subramaniam, Purvi Shah and Ralph Nazareth, among others. Former CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, will be about her ambitions, career, and her new book My Life in Full.

Film director, Suman Ghosh, will discuss his new book Soumitra Chatterjee: A Film-Maker Remembers, which is an intimate look at the life and works of the late cinematic legend, Soumitra Chatterjee.

And this is only a sampling of the events going on during the Festival.

To learn more, go to:

IAAC Literary Festival 2021
December 4 - 12, 2021

Various locations & online

Schomburg Center Literary Festival Explores Freedom

The Third Annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival
: Reading the African Diaspora expands on the Schomburg Center’s long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. Running June 14 to the 19th, the fest will be held virtually. 

This year’s festival explores the concept of freedom, culminating on June 19, also known in the United States as Juneteenth, a day in 1865 marking freedom for enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. The third annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival features book talks with critically acclaimed authors such as Carol Anderson, Mahogany L. Browne, Ellis Cose, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Kiese Laymon, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Ben Okri, and more.

To learn more, go to:

The Third Annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival
June 14 - 19, 2021


The New York Public Library’s World Literature Festival Goes Online

The New York Public Library’s World Literature Festival
, running April 12–30, 2021, celebrates books and writers from around the world and reflects the languages spoken in our communities. As part of the concurrent Immigrant Heritage Week (April 12–18) the NYPL is streaming special author talks in world languages, online events, and more for all ages in Español (Spanish), 中文 (Chinese), Русский (Russian), বাংলা (Bengali), Français (French), and 日本語 (Japanese)—all free.

Events include:

  • Wed, Apr 14: Nicole Dennis-Benn
    (In English with closed captions)

  • Sat, Apr 17: Alexander Stessin
    (In Russian with live English interpretation)

  • Mon, Apr 19: don Miguel Ruiz
    (In Spanish with live English interpretation)

  • Wed, Apr 21: Ha Jin
    (In Chinese with live English interpretation)

  • Sat, Apr 24: Colombe Schneck
    (In French with live English interpretation)

  • Thurs, Apr 29: Naomi Hirahara
    (In English with live Japanese interpretation)

All events are streaming online.

To learn more, go to:

NYPL World Literature Festival
April 12 - 30, 2021

Split This Rock Poetry Festival Comes to Washington DC


Washington DC will be hosting a meeting of minds and souls as the Split This Rock Poetry Festival hits the city from April 19 to the 21st.

From the press release:

"Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness (April 19-21, 2018) invites poets, activists, poetry lovers, and dreamers to Washington, DC for three days of readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, activism.

Celebrating Split This Rock's 10th anniversary, the festival will feature some of the most significantly and artistically vibrant poets today, including Elizabeth Acevedo, Kazim Ali, Ellen Bass, Sherwin Bitsui, Kwame Dawes, Camille T. Dungy, Ilya Kaminsky, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Solmaz Sharif, Terisa Siagatonu, Paul Tran, and Javier Zamora!

The gathering offers opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change. Split This Rock Poetry Festival is DC's premiere poetry event and the only festival of its kind in the country, highlighting poets working at the intersection of the imagination and social change!"

To learn more, go to:

Split This Rock Poetry Festival
April 19 - 21, 2018

Various Locations
Washington DC

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