Literary Merchants: Tales from Bookstore Frontlines
Krishna Gowda, Leonard Fernandes, Rachna Singh Davidar, Radhika Timbadia with Jayapriya Vasudevan
Krishna Gowda is the proprietor of The Bookworm on Chursh Street, Bangalore. He has spent 26 years in the Book industry. Bookworm is known for new books, used books and rare books. Krishna and his team always try their best to provide good service to their readers.
Leonard Fernandes co-founded India’s first self-publishing service, CinnamonTeal Publishing, and later co-founded The Dogears Bookshop, based in Margao, Goa.He is also a co-founder of Publishing Next, the annual publishing conference and awards, and a founding member of the Independent Bookshops Association of India.
Rachna Singh Davidar
Rachna Singh Davidar has been a bookseller for almost 40 years. She’s worked and managed bookshops in New Delhi, London, and Toronto, including The Book Shop in New Delhi, which has been owned by her family for over 50 years. She served on the board of World Literacy of Canada, a non-profit that ran education programmes for underprivileged kids in India for seven years. She is currently the Programme Director of Lit For Life, The Hindu’s festival of literature, and a Director of Aleph Book Company.
Radhika is the proprietrix of Champaca. She spends much of her time figuring out how to run an independent bookstore, while also reading and spending time with her dog, cat and plants.
Jayapriya Vasudevan: has more than twenty years experience of working in publishing, during which time she has worked in virtually every area of the business. From editing and event management to sales and distribution, she has ‘done it all.’ With a partner she set up India’s first bookstore café in Bangalore. In 1997, she decided to use her years of experience in publishing to set up Jacaranda, India’s first ever literary agency. She went on to build up an impressive list, working with distinguished authors such as Krishna Udayasankar, Tiffany Tsao and Wanjiru Koinange.
Following a stint living in Beijing, where she continued to develop her list, Jayapriya moved to Singapore in 2006. Here she set up Books@Jacaranda Literary Agency. She moved on to live in Nairobi and has recently moved back to India. Over the years the agency has grown and now represents an exciting and diverse list of authors from Singapore and across South East Asia and beyond. Jayapriya has spoken at literary conferences all over Asia, from Istanbul and India to Manila and Singapore, to London and Frankfurt. Jayapriya was the Festival Director for the Times of India Literary Festival in 2017 and 2018 in Bangalore. She is passionate about the visual and performing arts, about books, travel, animals and people.