Barack Obama on writing A Promised Land, the books that shaped his politics and how he found his voice
Because he thinks the computer can lend “half-baked thoughts the mask of tidiness,” Barack Obama writes his first drafts longhand on yellow legal pads; the act of typing it into the computer essentially becomes a first edit.
His crowning achievement arguably came in 1969, when he persuaded sugar trading firm Booker-McConnell to establish a literary prize to rival the French Prix Goncourt. The award, given annually, was later called the Man Booker Prize and is now known as the Booker Prize.
Namita Gokhale's new book, Jaipur Journals, is a glimpse into multiple stories unfolding over five days of JLF
In Namita Gokhale’s Jaipur Journals, we are taken in five days through the lives of some interesting characters who are in one capacity or another part of what is often referred to as the Kumbh Mela of Literature, the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee espoused Hindutva, but disliked violence; VS Naipaul understood fragility of moderate positions
No one is perfect and we owe it to ourselves to be honest. In that spirit, here's a look at aspects of the lives of Vajpayee and Naipaul.
VS Naipaul's 86th birth anniversary: From In a Free State to A House for Mr Biswas, a study of the author's themes
Overall VS Naipaul wrote more than 30 books, and was one of the first winners of the Booker Prize, now Britain's leading literary award, in 1971 for "In A Free State".
VS Naipaul dies at 85: Reading the Nobel laureate is to see literature at its finest, and that's all that should matter
For Naipaul writing was the only thing that mattered: all the rest was noise.
In 1988, Bangalore was witnessing the explosion of the IT industry, and VS Naipaul wanted to witness this miracle for himself. After two books where he had been critical of India, he wanted to talk about how India was transitioning
VS Naipaul, with his rage and flaws, will be remembered for unflinching honesty, mastery of language
VS Naipaul's was an all-encompassing rage: he raged against half-formed societies; he raged against public defecation; he raged against the colonisers and he raged against the colonised.
VS Naipaul – a writer who spoke of fractured postcolonial worlds with piercing honesty – shall himself be condemned to fractured memory and posterity.
VS Naipaul leaves behind a body of work that is unparalleled, despite the shadow his personality cast on it for much of his life.
VS Naipaul was a stupendous writer who perhaps missed being great because he was not morally up to a visionary.
Daily Bulletin: Toll in Kerala rains rises to 37, VS Naipaul passes away, India faces stiff task to save Lord's Test; top stories of the day
From celebrated novelist and Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul passing away at 85 to Arsenal taking on defending Premier League champions Manchester City, here are the top stories for Sunday.
Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.”
Britain’s Hilary Mantel, Canada’s Michael Ondaatje and American author George Saunders are among five contenders for the title of greatest-ever winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction.
25 years since Babri demolition: It is important to recall and engage with injuries of the past to heal the present
A few writers and thinkers who have been brave enough to shed light on the unwritten histories have been branded and labeled into neat little compartments, notwithstanding their considerable achievements in own fields.
Gandhi Jayanti highlights: Mahatma believed intolerant people focus on matters away from spirituality
Like the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Poetry, prose or drama; fiction or nonfiction — Gandhi is everywhere.
V.S. Naipaul calls ISIS most potent threat to the world
There's nothing like a good feud to make a lit fest come alive. Forget the year in books. Here's the year in literary feuds and what they reveal about what you need to cook up a rip roaring literary catfight.
After his public criticism of VS Naipaul, writer-actor Girish Karnad has kicked up a fresh storm by calling Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore a "second-rate playwright".