One with Nature: In Conversation with Rohan Chakravarty

With quirky illustrations that seem to pop right out of your screen, author-illustrator Rohan Chakravarty walked us through his new book, Naturalist Ruddy: Adventurer. Sleuth. Mongoose. What really set apart this session of the NLF Reading Challenge was the purely interactive approach with which Rohan gripped everyone’s attention.   Naturalist Ruddy is about your average mongoose […]

Hope in the Face of Hopelessness: In Conversation with Divya Arya

“There’s one question I get asked a lot, about the impact my book had on the two protagonists, Saumya and Duaa”. Divya Arya kickstarted her session for the NLF Reading Challenge by elaborating upon this very aspect. Her book Postbox Kashmir explores the intertwined lives of two girls, Saumya and Duaa, one letter at a […]

The Strong Waves of Empathy: In Conversation with Julian Sedgwick

For Julian Sedgwick, Tsunami Girl is the product of his lifelong immersion in Japanese culture, history, and beliefs, alongside his friendships rooted in the nation. It is a dedication to the communities who were affected by the 2011 Great Tōhoku Earthquake. During the NLF Reading Challenge, he spoke in detail about his experience of writing […]

A Closer Look at The World Around You: In Conversation with Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate is an author whose concern for the environment and the world around her makes its presence felt across her work. Her book, Willodeen, was described as a “cheer-worthy, inspiring, animal-centered tale”.  In her writing, it’s always the final sentences in each of her chapters that really hits the point  home for the readers, […]

Writing As and For Children: The Author’s Journey

“If somebody had told me when I was ten that I was going to grow up and become a children’s book author, I would have hid under my bed and told them they were lying…and then written a diary entry on it. I never thought I would become a writer, but books are all I […]

The Seed of a Story

Katherine Applegate told us that the inspiration for a lot of her books comes from the news, “There was a Muslim family that had moved into a small town in the United States, and somebody had put a note on their door that said, Go away. We don’t want you here. It was outrageous…we were […]

The Books That Spoke To Authors

Popular author Thomas Taylor says that all the books he enjoyed reading as a child also found a home in his own writing. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien—one of the books that had a huge effect on him—opens with a map and he decided that he’d put one in his book too, when he wrote […]

The Art of Inspiring Through Storytelling: In Conversation with Kate DiCamillo

“Each letter has a shape,” Beatryce said. “And each letter has a sound and you put these shapes and sounds together and they become words.” This is one of the many prolific lines that stuck with our readers while the New York Times Bestselling author, Kate DiCamillo weaved magic through her words.  Having won accolades […]

Snippets from Virtual Sessions: Life Beyond Words

While the pandemic pulled us apart, the collective experience of isolation and pain also unified us and brought us together. Over the last two years, writers from around the world have joined us virtually to talk about writing, reading and leading life through an overwhelming time. As we inch closer towards the end of the […]