HAVING BEEN previously delivered by the likes of Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen and renowned author Ruskin Bond, the spotlight has now fallen on Jeff Kinney—the author of the successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—who will deliver the Penguin Annual Lecture in New Delhi on December 6. Kinney, who will be visiting India for the first time, will also visit Mumbai as part of the programme.
Kinney’s visit will give fans in India the opportunity to see him in person and to interact and learn more about the immensely popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Apart from Sen and Bond, the Penguin Annual Lecture has previously been delivered by journalist and writer Thomas Friedman in 2007, diplomat and writer Chris Patten in 2008, historian Ramachandra Guha in 2010, spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2011, former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam in 2012, actor Amitabh Bachchan in 2013, and bestselling author Dan Brown in 2014.
Over the last decade, Kinney’s creation—Greg Heffley (Wimpy Kid)—has taken the world by storm, including India. Book 10 in the series (Old School), which was published in November last year, debuted at number one on bestseller charts in India. It is followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, the 11th book in the series, which was released in November this year.
Speaking about his upcoming global tour, Kinney said, “I am 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.”
Kinney is a number one New York Times bestselling author and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award-winner. He has also won two Children’s Choice Book Awards. Earlier this year, Diary of a Wimpy Kid was voted by schools in the UK as the most popular book in primary schools in the annual What Kids are Reading Awards.