Monday, 5 September 2016


Penguin Random House India announces that the global publishing sensation JEFF KINNEY will visit Delhi and Mumbai in December this year. The bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will deliver the prestigious Penguin Annual Lecture 2016.

Penguin Random House India is delighted to announce that Jeff Kinney, one of the biggest authors worldwide and the best-selling author of the stupendously successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, will deliver the prestigious Penguin Annual Lecture for 2016.

This will be Jeff Kinney’s very first visit to India, and it will be an occasion to treasure for his many fans – children as well as those who have grown up with their favourite Wimpy Kid series over the last decade. Kinney will arrive in India in early December and will visit Delhi and Mumbai.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, the eleventh book in the globally bestselling series published by Puffin, publishes on 1 November 2016.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is immensely popular in India as well as in the rest of the world; Book 10 in the series (Old School), which was published in November 2015, debuted at no.1 on bestseller charts in India. Double Down, the new book in the series, is eagerly anticipated by Wimpy Kid fans the world over, as well as in India.

One of the most prestigious cultural events of the year, The Penguin Annual Lecture series has featured some of the world’s most respected leaders, thinkers and writers. It is the first annual lecture to be organized by a publishing house in India and has become one of the most prestigious cultural events on the calendar. This will be the tenth Penguin Annual Lecture. The nine previous lectures have been delivered by journalist and writer Thomas Friedman in 2007, diplomat and writer Chris Patten in 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in 2009, eminent historian Ramachandra Guha in 2010, renowned spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2011, Bharat Ratna awardee scientist and former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam in 2012, cinematic superstar and cultural icon Amitabh Bachchan in 2013, internationally bestselling author Dan Brown in 2014 and the legendary writer Ruskin Bond in 2015. 

On his upcoming global tour Jeff Kinney said: ‘I’m thrilled to visit more places where Wimpy Kid has impacted the lives of young readers. My first global tour was an amazing, uplifting experience. I am looking forward to visiting so many new places this November and December.’

Hemali Sodhi, Publisher Children’s and Senior VP Marketing at Penguin Random House India, said: ‘This is a dream come true – we are really excited that Jeff Kinney is coming to India. The Penguin Annual Lecture 2016 is going to be incredibly enriching, fun – and like no event we’ve had before.’

Jeff Kinney’s visit to India to deliver the Penguin Annual Lecture is part of Penguin Random House India’s initiative to focus on readers and the joy of reading. The Penguin Annual Lecture is designed to bring readers face-to-face with their most beloved authors; Kinney’s visit and the Lecture will give his countless fans in India a rare opportunity to see their favourite author in person and to interact with him.

Penguin Random House India will announce details and dates of Jeff Kinney’s 2016 Penguin Annual Lecture soon.

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