Penguin celebrates 20 years in India Thomas Friedman to deliver inaugural Penguin Lecture

Delhi, London - Penguin Books India is proud to announce the Penguin Lecture series, the first of which will be delivered by Thomas Friedman, bestselling author of The World is Flat, in Delhi on 30th October 2007.

The annual Penguin Lecture Series is being launched as part of Penguin India's twentieth anniversary celebrations. The lecture series will feature some of the world's most respected leaders, thinkers and writers and build on Penguin India's commitment to bring the finest thinking in the world to Indian audiences. It is the first annual lecture to be organized by a publishing house in India and is set to become one of the most important cultural events on the calendar.

The inaugural Penguin Lecture will be delivered at the India Habitat Centre auditorium on 30 October 2007 by Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Thomas Friedman, whose book The World is Flat (published by Penguin in the UK and India) has been a phenomenal bestseller worldwide. The lecture, titled 'The World is Still Flat', will build on his bestselling book in which modern India plays an integral part.  Nandan Nilekani, co-Chairman and co-founder of Infosys who features prominently in The World is Flat, will be providing the introductory remarks for Thomas Friedman's lecture.

Speaking on the inaugural Penguin Lecture, Thomas Friedman said: "I am honored to be delivering the first Penguin India lecture. The World is Flat was born in India, on a couch at Infosys outside the office of CEO Nandan Nelikani. We were sitting there talking about outsourcing when the spark for the book was struck. It is only appropriate that I return to India and have Nandan introduce me and that I give this lecture on my latest thinking about the flat world.'

Commenting on the new initiative, Mike Bryan, CEO of Penguin India, said:" The annual Penguin Lecture is a wonderful new initiative we've undertaken to bring great writers and thinkers face to face with audiences here. India has seen an amazing transformation over the last 20 years and Penguin India's publishing has reflected the full range and extent of that change, as we've published fiction and non-fiction for the various different kinds of readership that have emerged in the country. Thomas Friedman's remarkable book encapsulates the new India brilliantly, and it will indeed be a privilege to have him deliver the inaugural lecture in our annual lecture series."  

Penguin India, which began publication with seven books in 1987, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a series of events, publishing initiatives, and promotional activities. Now Asia's largest English language publisher, Penguin India publishes over 200 new titles every year and has an active backlist of over 2,000 titles. Virtually every leading fiction and non-fiction writer who is from India or writes on India publishes with Penguin. For more information go to: www.penguinbooksindia.com

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For more information on the Penguin Lecture series and on Penguin India's 20th anniversary celebrations, please contact Hemali Sodhi at 011 26494401 or at hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com.