Kolkata, Feb 11 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Book seller Starmark, in association with publisher Pan Macmillan hosted a panel discussion on “Does the novel have a future?” at its South City Mall outlet.
The event was organized to celebrate the launch of Kunal Basu’s “The Yellow Emperor’s Cure”.
The panelists on the occasion were Aparna Sen, Gautam Ghose, Preetha Kejriwal and the author himself.
Talking about the future of novels, the author said: ”Novels do have a future but the question is what kind of novels.”
The “Racists” writer stressed that there is a demand for topical novels.
He said that people want to read about topics like terrorism.
Actor Aparna Sen said that she felt people like to relate them with the character of the story.
The panelists said that at the time of reading stories readers starts comparing the character with the author.
They suggested that it is better if the readers read about the author before reading a novel.
(Reporting by Tania Roy)