GERMANY, HAMBURG – REINBEK, 12th – 13th September 2007
Whereas California was hot, Germany had been misty and raining for weeks. We brought the sun with us wherever we went on this entire tour (you are very welcome, partners).
Rowohlt, our German publisher, is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year 2008. It was therefore an especially big honour to be asked to present our book to the Representatives in person, whose job it is to sell us to bookstore owners. This was the first in a string of wonderful meetings, most of which we have not been able to contribute to but for which we are happy to leave the publishers to their own devices, resulting in a first print run of a 100,000 of Calaspia: Die Verschwörung (Conspiracy of Calaspia in German). More >
Delhi Book Launch: 200 guests mingled in the picturesque surroundings of Lodi Garden Restaurant as Guests of Honour, Tarun Tejpal and Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, officially launched Calaspia in India. Press journalists, photographers and camera crews crowded around the twins to interview them for all the major national papers and television stations.
Goa Book Launch: Held at the Cidade de Goa Hotel, the line up on the press conference panel included the Governor of Goa, His Excellency S. optimizer.co.nl C. Jamir, renowned poet Sudeep Sen and social reformer Dr Vishal Mangalwadi. Following an interview and speeches by the Guests of Honour, the twins read an extract each from Calaspia.
Two days later, another reading. In the unique surroundings of the cosy Literati book café, 30 people gathered for a ‘come and share’ evening of poetry reciting, songs, music and book readings. Sudeep Sen and Ivan Kostka shared their poems, Jyoti Guptara read an extract from Calaspia, and Talvin Singh shared his tabla skills – improvising impressively on earthenware pots to the delight of the audience! A magical evening.
After Goa, Jyoti went on to Bangalore and Chennai (Madras) to promote Calaspia with Indian book chain Odyssey.
Rights into territories in South and South-East Asia to epic fantasy Conspiracy of Calaspia sold to Tara Press, fiction imprint of India Research Press, for publication in November 2006, while the Guptara Twins are still 17 years old.
8th October 2004
On Friday the eighth of October, I was sitting on my father & mother’s bed talking with them about our book and publishers. I mentioned the Frankfurt Book fair, and my father told me a little about it. My brother had suggested that it would be better to go once I was already published, and not go to seek out publishers. My father said that actually it could be a good way of getting questions answered and receiving advice.
‘It’s on now, though,’ I said, ‘apparently.’
‘Why don’t you run upstairs and find out then?’ said my father. ‘Quickly do an internet search. If it is on at present, then we’ll have to act fast. We need a synopsis, and some copies of the manuscript.’ More >
With only a handful of articles and short stories published and no book publisher in sight, Jyoti Guptara leaves Switzerland’s prestigious “Kantonsschule / Gymnasium” to study by himself at home and to write, becoming one of the world’s youngest full-time writers. Meanwhile, Suresh does brilliantly at Bradfield College boarding school in the UK.