Books and much more at the Saligao Book Festival

Satisfy your appetite for books and learning more about Goa with this festival
Calling all bibliophiles and lovers of culture!
Calling all bibliophiles and lovers of culture!Gomantak Times

The Saligao Book Festival will bring in books from Goa's largest bookshop Broadway and also create a series of interesting talks and events at the Saligão Institute. Among the highlights will be the launch of The Canticle Chorus, a new initiative by talented young singers of Saligao, and an evening of poetry by moonlight. This day also coincides with the post-monsoon sessions of the popular Made-in-Saligao market.

There will be a special focus on books from Goa, special bargain books, children's books, encyclopaedias and dictionaries, imported books, fiction, and educational and general knowledge books. The book exhibition will continue for all five days from 10 to 7 pm approximately.

Saligão Institute is where all the magic happens!
Saligão Institute is where all the magic happens!Courtesy: Mario Miranda

Nov 5

The book exhibition-cum-sale begins at 10 am.

Bina Nayak will talk about her work and her art in her talk titled ‘Cover girl – My experiences in designing covers in Goa’. Bina Nayak is an alumna of the noted JJ College of Art and one of the most widely used cover designers for books in Goa.

Fr Mousinho Ataide, translator of the century-old unpublished work of Msgr Dalgado, to speak on 'Interjections in Konkani', an interesting chapter from the book.

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Nov 6

The Canticle Chorus will perform at the club at 5 pm. Saligao's village talent goes on display here.

A how-to-session Art of Crafting the Short Story will be led by Tino de Sa, former chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh and award-winning, published short-story writer.

Alan Machado, author, engineer and long-term researcher on the history of Mangalorean-Goan issues. His book The Goa Inquisition challenges all that we believe about the Inquisition in Goa and what it really was.

Nov 7

Radharao Gracias, lawyer, politician and author of A Shortcut to Tipperary, a novel that focuses on the Goa of yesteryears. In the talk, Gracias will focus on his story, why he chose to write it and his understanding of the changes that Goa is going through.

Nov 8

Poetry by Moonlight will take place at 7 pm, coordinated by Aaron Rodrigues.

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Nov 9

The Books on Saligao, a mini-exhibition, introductory talk and discussion led by Clarice Vaz, a nurse and artist from the village, who has authored two books in three years on Saligao.

This will be followed by a physical meeting of the online Goa Book Club Meeting [] that will focus on rare and unusual books on Goa from different members' private collections.

NOTE: Some timings could be adjusted, so kindly check with the digital announcement. If there is a spillover, the programme could be extended.

For further details, contact 9822122436. Information will also be announced via the PreLoved Books Groups and Librorium (the network to share information about books), all on WhatsApp.

Where: Saligão Institute

When: 5-9 November 2022, 10 am-7 pm aproximately

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