An evening devoted to contemporary literature from India.
Three writers talk about their work and read extracts. Vikas Swarup was made famous by Slumdog Millionaire, a film adaptation of one of his books. Jeet Thayil was a finalist in the Man Booker prize with his Narcopolis, a contemporary drugs novel reminiscent of The Naked Lunch by William Burroughs. Manu Joseph got famous with his much acclaimed first novel Serious men. The conversation will be moderated by Mo* editor-in-chief Gie Goris and De Morgen journalist Catherine Vuylsteke.

Jeet Thayil (°1959) was born in Kerala and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Bombay. He is a performance poet, songwriter and guitarist, and has published four collections of poetry. He currently lives in New Delhi and was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize as well as the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad in a family of lawyers. After his schooling, Vikas attended Allahabad University and studied History, Psychology and Philosophy. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986, motivated by an interest in international relations and a desire to explore different cultures. When he was posted in London he penned his first novel, Q&A which has been published in 42 languages. Later the film version, titled “Slumdog Millionaire”, directed by Danny Boyle, took the world by storm, winning more than 70 awards including four Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAs and 8 Oscars. Q&A has been followed by two more books, the Six Suspects, and most recently, The Accidental Apprentice.

Manu Joseph (°1974) is a journalist and editor of “Open” magazine. He has been the features editor of The Times of India and has written for The Independent and Wired. Joseph was born in Kottayam, Kerala and grew up in Chennai where he graduated in literature from Loyola College. He is the author of Serious Men and The Illicit Happiness of Other People two darkly comic takes on domestic life and society in southern India. Joseph currently lives in Delhi. From November 18th until December 2nd 2013, Manu Joseph will be writer-in-residence at Passa Porta. This international house of literature invited him for a literary stay in the heart of Brussels.