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Literary festival Litomania, kicks off today and over the weekend. the guide gives you a round-up of the must-attend events

In its first edition, Litomania is a literary festival that aims to bring the focus on Indian writers. Conceptualised by the Think WhyNot group, Litomania will be an annual event that will bring readers and top authors together.

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The two-day event will include panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops for book lovers, authors and publishers. As you’re reading this, Litomania on Wheels will be ready to roll out. This segment will be conducted on a moving heritage bus (it departs from Ramada Hotel, Juhu at 5 pm). Romance fiction author Ravinder Singh will read out a chapter from his to-be-released novel and reveal a few characters on the bus, as well.

Also, watch out for masterclasses by authors such as Ashwin Sanghi and Ravi Subramanian where they will share tips on how to write a book, while Preeti Vyas will talk on understanding the publishing process. Caleb Franklin will share his journey from books to movies.

Around 2,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event. A new platform called Young Literature Bloggers will be launched to target student book bloggers. These book-bloggers will get access to books for a review, before they have been released to the masses.

Till October 12
At WE School, Welingkar Building, Lakhamsi Nappu Road, Matunga.
Log on to www.facebook.com/Litomania

App appeal

The literature festival will also launch an app, which aims to build bridges between the top Indian authors and readers. The readers will continuously get fresh content from their favourite authors between book launches.

It will be available on Android and iOS platforms and will be free for the first six months. Up to 50 best-selling Indian authors in fiction and non-fiction will be featured. Post the lit fest, the app user can view all the Litomania sessions on the app and from January 2015, the app will feature freshly curated, exclusive content from top authors.

This content would be updated on a weekly basis. Later, it will feature articles, interviews, talks, short stories, new book announcements and peek previews.

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