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Noir in Mumbai premieres in India as part of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest.

An exceptional crime fiction project, Noir in Mumbai is set against the backdrop of Indo-French literary culture. The project will present a power-packed 3-day affair featuring panel discussions, cinema, and a unique crime investigation, dedicated to the popular genres of crime and investigation.

Three rising stars of French crime fiction — Johana Gustawsson, Sophie Hénaff and Jérôme Loubry, joined by ​​Kalpana Swaminathan of the Lalli series fame will come together and engage the audience in panel discussions on Noir writing at the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest.

Explore this thriving literary style of writing and understand how noir writers create unique and gritty atmosphere in their books. Register for the discussions and gain a new perspective on crime literature!


Date & Time: 12th – 13th November 2022
Venue: NCPA, Mumbai


1) Johana Gustawsson

Johana Gustawsson was born in Marseille, France. She has a degree in Political Science, and has worked as a journalist for French and Spanish press and television. Her critically acclaimed Roy & Castells series, including Block 46, Keeper and Blood Song, has won the Plume d’Argent, Balai de la découverte, Balai d’Or and Prix Marseillais du Polar awards.

2) Sophie Hénaff 

Sophie Hénaff is a French journalist and novelist. She writes in the French Cosmopolitan newspaper and has a humour column La Cosmoliste. Poulets Grillés (The Awkward Squad) published in 2015, was her first novel, about an investigation led by a brigade composed of undesirable elements of the police. It received several awards including the Prix Arsène Lupin and the Prix des Lecteurs-Le Livre de Poche awards.

3) Jérôme Loubry

Jérôme Loubry was born in Saint-Amand Montrond, famous for its book printing business, where his passion for writing was born. He now resides in the South of France. In five years and with five books he has received more than twelve prizes, in France and abroad, including the “Prix de cognac”, “Prix de Bruxelles” and ” Prix du livre de poche”.

4) Kalpana Swaminathan

Kalpana Swaminathan’s detective Lalli recently appeared in her eighth novel, Raagam Taanam Pallavi. Kalpana’s other books include the noir novel, Bougainvillea House, and Venus Crossing which has won the Crossword Fiction Prize. She writes with Ishrat Syed as Kalpish Ratna. Their detective Ratan/Ramratan Oak explores Mumbai in two time-frames: Mumbai as it is now and Bombay in the 19th century.