Also, there was specific craft advice with other writers in mind:
“My only loyalty is to my characters.”
Vikas Swarup, speaking about his fiction
Maryam Madjidi spoke about how story is everything, how each book should be universal, should be written for everyone in the world. (Appearing with a translator, Maryam Madjidi was attending to present Marx et la poupée, winner of Le Prix Goncourt. One of the festival delegates, artist Jason Loo, has a series of images which features part of this discussion here.)
“Memoir is an interesting beast.”
Lauren B. Davis spoke about the need to establish credibility from the opening of the book; then, the reader will follow.
“Can I live with six different characters in my head without going to the lunatic asylum?”
Vikas Swarup speaking about his 2008 novel, Six Suspects,
Arif Anwar spoke about how characters are the paths not taken, the lives the author didn’t have.
“Don’t ever write a memoir: you can’t lie like fiction writers can.”