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Sara Joseph

Sara Joseph is a short story writer and novelist who has won the Kendra Sahithya Academy Award for her novel Aalahayude Penmakkal. She has also received the Vayalar Award for the same novel. Sara is a well-known feminist in Kerala and is the founder of Manushi. She is considered one of the leading women writers in Malayalam along with Madhavikutty. She joined the Aam Aadmi Party in 2014 and contested the parliamentary elections for the same year from Thrissur. Her writings are liberalistic and convey the feelings of oppressed groups. She has won critical acclaim for her Ramayana Kathakal. In 2012, she won the Padmaprabha Literary Award. Some of her other novels are Maattathi, Othappu, Aadi and Aalohari Anandam. On 10 October 2015, she returned the Sahitya Akademi Award and gave the reason that there is “fear and lack of freedom under the present government.”

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Kerala, the most literate Indian state where reading is in the blood of common man and freedom of expression is sacrosanct, is at the forefront of nurturing a literary eco system that transcends beyond boundaries. Today, the Government of Kerala takes a leap and brings together literary lovers across the globe through an international platform – International Book Fair 2019. The fair which will be held from 8th -17th february 2019 at the Marine Drive grounds, Kochi, Kerala, will be a one of kind platform for international, national and local publishers who wish to reach out to the most well informed audiences with a rich literary lineage.


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