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This weekend, catch Rushdie & Beth Reekles


You don’t have to be a teenager to know of Beth Reekles. The 25-yearold is the author of ‘The Kissing Booth’, a young-adult-romance book series whose recent movie adaptations may have popped up on your OTT platform’s home page as among the most watched.

Reekles was 15 when she first wrote and uploaded ‘The Kissing Booth’ chapter by chapter on an online writing host website where readers could comment on each chapter. When the views on her chapters shot up to over 19 million within a short while, Reekles found herself signing a three-book deal with Penguin Random House. This Saturday at 6.20pm, you will find the young writer at the Times Litfest recounting her literary journey where it all began: online.

Reekles’ session will one among many over what promises to be a power-packed weekend at the festival. At 5pm on September 4, English legend Jeffrey Archer will chat with author Ravi Subramanian in a session titled ‘The Master And His Art’ while Sunday evening will find author SalmanRushdie — whose future works will be published on a newsletter platform– dwelling on life and storytelling in a session called ‘Decoding Quichotte’.


A date with the rockstar of podcasting

Besides the superheroes of the writing world, this weekend’s line-up at the Times Literature Festival includes a rockstar from the podcasting universe. Guy Raz, an independent producer whose podcasts are collectively heard by close to 19 million listeners a month, will part with the success secrets of top businesses on Sunday at 6.20pm. Raz–who has interviewed and profiled more than 10,000 people including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Taylor Swift — is the founderand CEO of Built-It Productions, a two-time New York Times bestselling author and a former journalist who has covered everything from wars and conflict zones to sports and entertainment.


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