My Life in Publishing
David Davidar with Karthika VK
David Davidar is a publisher and novelist. He is the author of three novels, The House of Blue Mangoes, that was published in sixteen languages around the world, The Solitude of Emperors, and Ithaca, as well as the editor of two anthologies of Indian fiction, A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces and A Case of Indian Marvels. In parallel to his career as a writer, he has been a publisher. He was the founding Editor and later Publisher and CEO of Penguin India. Other senior publishing positions he has held are Managing Director, DK India, CEO Pearson India, President and Publisher, Penguin Canada and President, Penguin International. In 2011, he started the literary publishing firm, Aleph Book Company, in partnership with Rupa Publications India. It publishes some of India’s finest authors and was named Publisher of the Year in 2021.
Karthika V. K.
Karthika V.K. is Publisher, Westland Books. She has spent over twenty-five years editing and publishing fiction, non-fiction, translations, poetry and graphic novels. She started her career at Penguin Books India and spent a decade as Publisher, HarperCollins Publishers India before moving to Westland, where she set up Context, an imprint that focuses on literature and politics. She has published several award-winning and commercially successful writers including Anita Nair, Aravind Adiga, Devapriya Roy, Josy Joseph, Jyotirmaya Sharma, Manu Joseph, Manu Pillai, M. Mukundan, Nilanjana S. Roy, Nisha Susan, Paul Zacharia, Perumal Murugan, Ranbir Sidhu, Rohini Mohan, Rukmini S. and Shashi Deshpande.