Revealed: Authors appearing at this year's Dubai litfest

The sixth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which takes place from March 4-8, 2014
Revealed: Authors appearing at this year's Dubai litfest
By Salma Awwad
Sun 02 Mar 2014 03:17 PM

An eclectic mix of authors, from a range of genres and topics, will descend on Dubai this week for the sixth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which takes place from March 4-8, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City.

Talks and tips from celebrated fiction writers and mystery, crime and thriller authors will feature in this year's literary lineup.

Click here for a list of some of the big name authors appearing at the festival this year

How history affects the present and the future will be examined by a star panel including former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie, UK politician Paddy Ashdown and British broadcast journalist Jeremy Paxman, whose books record the unlikely heroes of the two World Wars.

Jim Al Khalili will explore ‘The Golden Age Of Arabic Science’; historian Orlando Figes reveals the touching real-life love story based in a Russian Gulag; political commentator and journalist Pankaj Mishra puts forward his view on Asia’s revolt against the West and Tim Mackintosh-Smith recounts the 14th century journey of Ibn Battuta and compares it to modern-day travel writing.

Some of the complexities of the world of journalism will be examined some top writers in the field, while an illustrious line-up of biographers and memoir writers will reveal insights into the lives of those they have set to print.

The Cookery strand returns for 2014 with international chefs Arlette Boutros, Tessa Kiros, Prue  Leith, Greg and Lucy Malouf, Camellia Panjabi, Silvena Rowe and William Sitwell offering up a culinary feast and celebrate ‘Vive La France!’ features sessions in French from Mélanie Chappuis, Nicolas Forzy, Katherine Pancol, Kyra Dupont Troubetzkoy and Zep.

Tickets for the festival are available online at emirateslitfest.com and also at Festival Bookseller WHSmith’s selected outlets in Dubai Mall, Oasis Centre Mall, Marina Mall and Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi. Ticket prices start at AED45 and there are also many events and activities on offer free of charge.

Click here for a list of some of the big name authors appearing at the festival this year

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