Thiruvananthapuram: The second edition of Mathrubhumi International Literature Festival to be held at Kanakakkunnu here later this month will be honoured with the presence of quite a number of eminent authors from all over the globe.

Tatenda Taibu, the cricketer who became the captain of Zimbabwe cricket team in his twenties and thereby owned the record of being the youngest captain in world cricket, will be one of the guests at the festival of letters. Taibu has become an orator now and is arriving to talk about cricket and politics to Malayalis.

Jonathan Gil Harris who was born in New Zealand and chose to live in India, had captured the minds of readers with his first book ‘The First Firangis’. This time he is coming to the literature festival with his latest book ‘Masala Shakespeare: How a Firangi Writer Became Indian’.

The author of ‘The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore’ Manu S. Pillai will take part in the festival of letters with his new work ‘Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji’ which was published by Mathrubhumi Books. The historical writing and historical research is the favourite subjects of Manu S. Pillai.

African novelist and psychologist Zainab Priya Dala is famous for her work ‘What About Meera’ which was one of the 10 prominent novels of 2015. Her second novel ‘The Architecture of Loss’ also won many honours.

Yvonne A. Owuor, who is the executive director of Zanzibar International Film Festival, is the new face in literature from Kenya. Author Nikesh Shukla residing in Britain is fond of writing about the immigrants and their lives. As migration is a global phenomenon, he has many things to share with the audience.