A `Novel Affair’ for book lovers in London


Asian Culture Vulture’s `Novel Affair’ is a good opportunity for book lovers to meet and interact….writes Rajitha Saleem 

Novel Affair 1Asian Culture Vulture, an online arts and culture magazine founded to highlight and showcase creative work by South Asians living in the West, presents a `Novel Affair,’ which promises to be what it says it is–a novel affair. Novel affair is a social event for book lovers to mingle with each other.

The event which opens on February 19 is being held at Saint George’s hotel in London, in connection with Globooks which promotes foreign fiction. The Novel Affair will feature authors Roopa Farooki and Huma Qureshi amongst other writers and publishers to meet and mingle with people interested in fiction.

Huma Qureshi is an author and freelance journalist. Her first book, In Spite of Oceans: Migrant Voices, a collection of stories based on real events and interviews, explores the individual journeys of generations in transition from the South Asian subcontinent to England. It had won the John C Laurence Award from The Authors’ Foundation for helping to improve understanding between cultures.

Roopa Farooki, daughter to a Pakistani father and a Bangladeshi mother, is an alumni of New College, Oxford. After a successful stint in Advertising, she turned to fiction writing in 2004. Roopa has written six books to date, of which three have been longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her latest novel, The Good Children, was named ‘outstanding novel of the year’ by the Daily Mail in the 2014 books round up.

Novel affair would also present booksgame and bookswap and will provide an opportunity to network with interesting people from the field of media, arts and public relations. The tickets for the event are priced at £16.75 for early bird or £18.85 and can be secured at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-novel-affair-tickets-18854929602. The ticket price also includes two complimentary drinks and canapes.