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Guptara Twins Suresh and Jyoti with Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum

Guptara Twins Suresh and Jyoti with Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan with Guptara Twins Suresh and Jyoti

Guptara Twins speak at the inaugral Youth Forum of Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum about climate change, Fantasy and escapism.  From Geneva they went directly into readings in Germany, most notably at the largest privately owned fantasy & sci-fi library in the world, the Phantastische Bibliothek in Wetzlar.  They were pleased to be invited back this year for an appearance at the annual Fantasy night near Frankfurt along with Germany’s biggest Fantasy authors.  Suresh and Jyoti were featured on the cover of the book mag Hits for Kids.

Calaspia Literary Tour of England

This summer, the Guptara Twins accompany ten promising young writers, the winners of the international Calaspia Storytelling Competition, on a 10-day literary tour of England.  As well as speaking at the C. S. Lewis Summer Institute, they visit literary landmarks in London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Cambridge and Oxford, and and are working on creating a TV documentary series.

Calaspia in Italian

Suresh and Jyoti Guptara were invited to the Mare di Libri festival in Rimini for the launch of I regni di Calaspia. La cospirazione in Italian, published by Mondadori in its prestigious i grandi range.  They met fellow Fantasy author Licia Troisi and were featured in Italy’s top newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, among others.

German Book Tour

March, April, May 2008

Calaspia. Die Verschwörung was released in March in publisher Rotfuchs’s biggest ever media and marketing campaign, launched at the Leipzig Book Fair.  Between March and May, the Twins gave over 60 German-language readings and 100 interviews in Germany and Switzerland.  After this intense promotional period, Suresh and Jyoti will only give the odd reading as they concentrate on “their real work”.

Competition Judges Announced

The following eminent Judges are to select the Winners for the Calaspia International Storytelling Competition based on creativity and innovation:

  • Gurcharan Das, world-famous business guru, columnist & playwright;
  • Bianca Jagger the renowned social and human rights advocate;
  • Dr Michael Nobel, great-grand-nephew of the founder of the Nobel Prizes, and immediate past-President of the Nobel Family Society;
  • Alec Sokolow, Oscar® nominated screenwriter (Evan Almighty, Garfield, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Toy Story);
  • G. admin5.com P. Taylor, best-selling author (Shadowmancer, Wormwood, Tersias)

USA Book Tour

Suresh and Jyoti started with meetings and interviews in New York before going on to San Jose, Monterey, San Francisco and Los Angeles. They were presented with Scrolls of Honour by the County of Los Angeles for donating 1,000 copies of Calaspia and promoting literacy and education with young people. The Twins gave a variety of public appearances including live TV (e.g. Fox and KTLA The Morning Show).

Guptara Twins Promoted the Calaspia Storytelling Competition, 23 Aug – 10 Sep 2007

It’s our first time in the USA.  Yes, that’s right.
Whenever you tell this to an American in America, they think they haven’t heard aright.  “What?  Seriously?  You’ve never been to the States?”  We reply that that’s the gist of it.  Having seen East and West Coasts now (but, unfortunately, not much in between), we can appreciate their point of view.  Nevertheless, one can’t help but think of the millions of Americans who have never been to another country, let alone crossed the pond to another continent; and that no one would say to the rest, upon hearing that they have set foot for the first time in, say, Switzerland: “Are you sure?  You have never been in the Alps?  Never tasted real – real – Swiss Fondue?”

NEW YORK, 23rd – 29th August 2007

First stop was New York, where we had an interview with ImaginAsian TV, the first channel in the US dedicated More >

WIN 10-Day Tour of England!

Calaspia International Literary Competition

Gentle Reader,

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Sought After Media USA, Starbloom Ireland, and Nivedit Good Books India, along with support from The C. S. Lewis Foundation, in launching the Calaspia International Literary Competition!

Readers below the age of 26 can write a 1000 word essay (that’s short!) and Win a 10-Day Tour of England’s Literary Sites!

Who knows, perhaps Suresh and Jyoti themselves will even join in!

The essays will be judged by a panel of 5 eminent people from the world of literature and education – watch the media for news.

For more info on the Calaspia Competition see: http://www.calaspia-competition.com.

With best regards,

on behalf of the Guptara Twins

German Calaspia Rights Sold for 6-figure advance

After a bidding war among several German publishers, the venerable literary publisher Rowohlt has purchased rights to the first three books in the Insanity Saga for a six-figure advance. Book One to be released by Rotfuchs in 2008, Rowohlt’s 100 anniversary year.

Calaspia a Bestseller in India

After debuting at #8, Conspiracy of Calaspia has risen steadily to #2 on the Indian Fiction Bestseller list, one slot behind Booker Prize Winner The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, an Indian herself.

Jyoti at Kitab Festival, Mumbai, India

Jyoti attended the flamboyant Kitabfest, the International Literature and Media Festival, in Mumbai, India, where he talked along with leading writers, publishers, agents and film directors from Britain and the Indian subcontinent.

21st and 22nd February 2007

I arrive at Delhi Int. airport.  Someone is supposed to be waiting for me, but my fears materialise: I see no plaque reading “Jyoti Guptara” or, if they are more security-conscious, something like “Samarth’s Wedding”. My Swiss phone is out of juice and my Indian phone has expired, and would not work anyway because it was purchased in Goa.  But a payphone call with my “Chacha” puts things back on course, and I discover that beyond the two Exits there are yet further reception areas.  Fortunately, on the horizon of new plaques one of them reads my name. The driver wheels my luggage to the car park before I realise I’ve left my papers with contact details, an absolute essential, in the pay phone booth.  Run back and retrieve them from the operator, whom I leave looking like he wants a reward.

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  It’s good to be back.

Whereas other countries endure chaotic organisation, India happily boasts organised chaos. More >