New Delhi, 20 January 2015:
Extending an appreciation for literature, leading entrepreneur and educationist, Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia, Co-Founder & President, Apeejay Stya & Svrán Group and Chairperson, Apeejay Education Society
hosted a special conversation with 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners Adam Johnson and Gilbert King at Apeejay Campus Auditorium, Sheikh Sarai. The event was witnessed by an exclusive audience including students,
thinkers and professionals from various fields.
The conversation session which was moderated by Mr. Aditya Berlia (author of national best seller fiction, Tantra by Adi), Pro Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University, revolved
around various international issues based on the political scenario of North Korea, the treatment of terrorist suspects in France, Gay rights with Supreme Court acceptance of case in United States, Ferguson, and the state of civil
rights and race in America. The audience also enjoyed the insightful conversation with active participation.
Elaborating on the upcoming event, Mrs Sushma Paul Berlia – Chairperson, Apeejay Education Society and Chancellor,
Apeejay Stya University – said: "This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was a platform for Delhi's book-lovers to hold direct conversations with two award-winning authors whom they might have only seen on book covers. It also seemed
that the authors found inspiration in a direct dialogue with these accomplished authors who could share enlightening experiences that motivate them to persevere in their pursuit as writers."
During the event, some valuable
tips were shared with young aspiring writers by Mr. Aditya Berlia, Adam Johnson and Gilbert King.
The event was also graced by Honourable Union Minister, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ms. Maneka Gandhi
, and Mr. Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Urban Development.
About Adam Johnson and Gilbert King
Adam Johnson has won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Orphan Master's Son, which takes
readers on an adventurous journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea. Besides being named 'Debut Writer of the Year' in 2002 by Amazon.com, he has won a Whiting Writers' Award, a Kingsbury Fellowship and a Stegner
Fellowship. Johnson has also won the 2014 Sunday Times EFG Private Short Story Award (the world's richest short story prize) for his story, Nirvana, about Kurt Cobain.
Gilbert King has received the Pulitzer for his second
book, Devil in the Grove – an account of the infamous 1949 'Groveland Boys' case in Groveland, Florida, which was a New York Times bestseller.
King has written about the US Supreme Court history and the death penalty for the
New York Times and the Washington Post. His earlier book, The Execution of Willie Francis, was published in 2008.