What role does literature play in contemporary societies? How do writers see their responsibilities vis-à-vis the public and, turning that over, how do we see writers? How has the written word adapted to its place among the growing pantheon of varied and addictive forms of cultural transmission? Join in the thinking brigade and get closer to these answers. Writers, Etc is a literary platform: a space where the written word gets primacy, where written ideas and their practitioners can interact with each other and the general public, coming together to ask pertinent questions and seek their answers to queries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For their twenty second session, they have have Manu Joseph in conversation with Karthika V. K.Manu Joseph is the author of two novels — The Illicit Happiness of Other People, which was released in 2012, and Serious Men, his first novel, which won the PEN Open Book Award. It was one of Huffington Post’s 10 Best Books of 2010, and was shortlisted, among other awards, for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Bollinger PG Wodehouse Prize for best comic fiction. Serious Men has been optioned for an Indian language film. Karthika V.K. started her career in publishing with Penguin Books India in 1996 after an M.Phil in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad. The aim is to encourage a discovery, unencumbered by genre, of all the written oeuvres, ranging from living legends to new and emerging talent.