After the success of Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo’s Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a lot of Indian writers have made a conscious attempt to introduce young readers to women from history. In this interview, Ishita Jain and Naomi Kundu, who have written and illustrated The Girl Who Went to the Stars and Other Extraordinary Lives, talk about what goes into creating a compilation about the pioneering women of India, and why it was important to them to unearth some less-known figures and stories.

Women-centric fiction is growing just as fast, as this Teen Vogue roundup of YA novels featuring South Asian female protagonists will tell you. From dystopias to fantasy to good old romance and family drama, your average South Asian girl is finding a voice in a diverse range of stories.

Speaking of diverse stories, have a look at this interview in The Hindu with author-illustrator Nina Sabnani. The seasoned and passionate “putter-together” of things, speaks on her work with textile artisans from all over the country, and shares how her understanding of storytelling has evolved with her engagement with different forms of art.

Literature is always doing its best to roll with the times, and books are doing their best to be relevant and on-trend, as well as genuine and thought-provoking. Reading, too, has turned into an intense and competitive business, and readers all over the world are trying hard to stay on top of the ever-expanding list of new releases and award-winners. This heartfelt essay in The Conversation is a gentle plea to readers to slow down and spend time with their books. The joy, after all, is not in ticking titles off a checklist, but in immersing oneself in the world of books.

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