Dates for Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 are 21st to 25th January 2015. For Registrations at JLF 2015 Check this link http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/registration/
The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to host a world-class cast of literary stars for
dialogue, discussion and debate at ZEE JLF 2015
- Literary heavyweights and debut novelists to share the stage in Jaipur -
- Jaipur BookMark returns following a triumphant debut in the last edition-
- Unique and diverse range of Indian and global languages present at the Festival -
- Press Registration opens today -
DELHI, September 9 2014 – The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, today announced the first line up of 77 authors set to participate in the 2015 event. Taking place from 21-25 January 2015 at the historic Diggi Palace, Jaipur, the eighth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will see Nobel Laureate Sir. V. S. Naipaul, 2013 Man Book Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi and celebrated American travel writer Paul Theroux take center-stage along with some of India’s leading authors, including prominent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh, current Man Booker Prize nominee Neel Mukherjee, best-selling novelist Amish Tripathi and celebrated author and translator Arshia Sattar, as well as internationally loved German children’s author Cornelia Funke.
The 2015 Festival will have a number of themes running through the various sessions and panel discussions on all the five days. There will be a strong emphasis on poetry, as well as celebrating South Asia through all genres of writing and a particular strand of sessions which will showcase and celebrate the rich literature of the Seven Sister States of North-East India. Following on from the popular theme of Crime and Punishment at last year’s ZEE JLF, this January’s festival will look at writing associated with The Seven Deadly Sins, as well as continuing a second strand of the celebrated Women Uninterrupted series.
After its successful debut at the 2014 Festival, the Jaipur BookMark will return for a second edition, taking place at Narain Niwas on 21 and 22 January 2015. The b2b platform is a place for the global publishing community to come together and discuss issues and challenges faced by the industry, as well as India’s rapidly changing digital and print publishing landscape.
The Festival will once again champion Indian language literature with the great Hindi writer Vinod
Kumar Shukla, Bangla writer Sangeeta Bandopadhyay, Marathi Dalit woman writer Urmila Pawar, and the towering figure of dramatist Girish Karnad all scheduled to attend. So far the programme includesHindi, Urdu, Rajasthani, Marathi, Manipuri, Kannadiga, Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit, Punjabi and Pali writers with more to be announced soon. The diversity of voices and breadth of Indian and internationallanguages found at the Festival is unique amongst literary festivals in India and across the world.
Namita Gokhale, writer and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival has become one of the wonders of the thinking world. A platform for collective creativity and individual understanding, it emphasizes both global and local perspectives to make sense of our changing times. The 2015 edition will continue to nurture books, ideas and dialogue, and showcase the range and diversity of South Asian literature as well as the best in international writing.”William Dalrymple, writer and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “This may well be one of the strongest international lists we've ever fielded at Jaipur with several writers I've been chasing for almost a decade - for example Nicholson Baker, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Elizabeth Gilbert, Paul Theroux, Eleanor Catton, Kate Summerscale and Alberto Manguel - finally agreeing to come and star at Diggi. Major themes include the meltdown in the Middle East and Afpak, spies, historical fiction, alternative sexualities, memoir writing, cricket writing, as well as writing about politics, pirates, natural history and the life cycle of the humble honey bee! I can't wait- it’s going to be our best year yet.”
Sanjoy K. Roy, producer of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “Once again ZEE JLF will bring the best minds from across the globe to Jaipur for one of the greatest literary gatherings! The Festival has grown year on year and last year welcomed over 2.5 lakh booklovers to the Pink City.”
The 77 authors announced to participate in the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival are below. More participants will be announced over the next months leading up to the Festival.
1. Adam LeBor 2. Ahmed Rashid 3. Akhil Sharma 4. Alberto Manguel 5. Alexander Kozlov 6. Alexis Wright 7. Ali Cobby Eckerman 8. Amish Tripathi 9. Amrita Tripathi 10. Anatole Lieven 11. Arshia Sattar 12. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra 13. Ashwin Sanghi 14. Bettany Hughes 15. Charles Glass 16. Chetan Bhagat 17. Christina Lamb 18. Christos Tsiolkas 19. Clare Wright 20. Cornelia Funke 21. Damon Galgut 22. Daud Ali 23. Deepti Kapoor 24. Devdutt Pattanaik 25. Eleanor Catton 26. Elizabeth Gilbert 27. Esther David 28. Fady Joudah 29. Gilbert King 30. Girish Karnad 31. Hanif Kureishi 32. Helon Habila 33. Jorie Graham 34. Kalyan Ray 35. Kate Summerscale 36. Kedarnath Singh 37. Kevin Powers 38. Laila Lalami 39. Linda Colley 40. Mahua Manjhi 41. Maria Chaudhuri 42. Mark Gevisser 43. Mark Haddon 44. Meena Kandasamy 45. Mihir Sharma 46. Molly Aitken 47. Narayana Murthy 48. Nasreen Munni Kabir 49. Nassim Nicholas Taleb 50. Navtej Sarna 51. Neel Mukherjee 52. Nicholson Baker 53. Paul Theroux 54. Peter Bergen 55. Peter Frankopan 56. Peter M. Sacks 57. Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Burman 58. Prashant Jha 59. Raj Kamal Jha 60. Rajdeep Sardesai 61. Rakshanda Jalil 62. Rohan Murty 63. Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi 64. Sahar Delijani 65. Salima Hashmi 66. Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay 67. Sheldon Pollock 68. Simon Armitage 69. Somy Roy 70. Sudha Murthy 71. Sushama Deshpande 72. Tom Holland73. Tshering Tashi 74. Urmila Pawar 75. V.S. Naipaul 76. Vijay Seshadri 77. Vinod Kumar Shukla
The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, today announced the first line-up of authors set to attend next year’s festival, which runs from 17th – 21st January 2014. Featuring Pulitzer Prize winners, academics from the world’s leading universities, as well as authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize and DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; the seventh edition of the festival is set to bring some of the greatest thinkers and writers to the Pink City for five days of literary debates and discussions. As in past years, the annual Festival will also feature live music sessions and interactive workshops.
The illustrious group of authors announced today includes Nehru Fellow and tribal activist, Ganesh N. Devy; Gloria Steinem whose fight for the cause of women is legendary; the world's leading military historian and winner of Britain's two top non-fiction prizes (the Wolfson and Samuel Johnson) Antony Beevor; award winning novelist, critic and literary polymath Geoff Dyer; Hollywood actor Rupert Everett and travel writers Robyn Davidson and Cheryl Strayed. Other authors from India and around the world include: Jhumpa Lahiri, Samantha Shannon, Vaidehi, Amish Tripathi, Geetanjali Shree, Lily Wangchhuk, Jerry Pinto, Mahesh Dattani, Mary Kom, Narendra Kohli, and Sabrina Dhawan, screenwriter for Monsoon Wedding, with Irrfan Khan.
Survival of languages, which examines India’s linguistic diversity, and the challenges it faces. A series of sessions on ‘Crime and Punishment’ dissects the genre of the detective novel and also looks at Bollywood villains, vendetta and the shadow lines between the good guys and the bad. Another focal point will be ‘Women Uninterrupted’, with the Man Booker shortlisted and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri and young literary sensation Samantha Shannon (widely tipped as the next JK Rowling!) as key authors. The Festival, in keeping with its inclusive nature, will also host personalities such as the National Film Award-winning actor, Irrfan Khan speaking with Sabrina Dhawan on screenwriting, plus the Olympic bronze medalist boxer, Mary Kom, who will be discussing her biography. The 2014 Festival also boasts a particularly strong phalanx of major historians from Princeton, Oxford and Harvard including David Cannadine, father and son scholarly duo Partha and Rana Mitter, Maya Jasanoff and Mary Beard.
As in previous years, the 2014 Festival will be free with registration and will take place at Diggi Palace with increased capacity and space for visitors. Festival Co-Director, Namita Gokhale said, “Come January, a cloud of creative energies gathers around Jaipur. Writers and thinkers from South Asia and around the world will once again debate and attempt to make sense of our changing worlds through the prism of literature. As readers from around the world get ready for their annual literary pilgrimage, the Jaipur yatra will continue to celebrate books and ideas, readers and writers in an open, joyous and spontaneous space, and to uphold the spirit of democratic dialogue and exchange.”
Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple said, “In less than a decade Jaipur has become the largest free literature festival in the world, and the largest litfest in the Asia-Pacific region. It has done this by consistently bringing together at Jaipur the greatest literary minds on earth and presenting them to the public, rich and poor, young and old, desi and firangi, completely free of charge. But never have we fielded a line-up like this year, a gathering of the greatest artists in fiction and non-fiction the world has to offer, supported by swathes of Princeton, Harvard and Oxbridge faculty. It’s going to be an extraordinary few days.”
Speaking about the event, Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts which produces the Festival said, “We are thrilled to announce an incredible line-up of authors already in place for 2014. This year we have increased the space at the Festival site to comfortably accommodate the large number of visitors.”
In 2013 over 180,000 visitors to the Festival were recorded, securing the Jaipur Literature Festival as the world’s largest free literary festival. Registrations for the Festival’s 2014 edition have begun for delegates, members of the media, and the general public. Details on registration and accreditation are available online at
A. N. Wilson, Adil Hasan, Aditi Maheshwari, Adrian Levy And Cathy Scott-Clark, Adrienne Clarkson, Ahmad Rafay Alam, Alex Watson, Alison Macleod, Amartya Sen, Amish Tripathi, Amrita Tripathi, Anand Kumar, Anand Neelakantan, Anand Sachidanandan, Ananda Devi, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Anita Mani, Anita Nair, Anita Roy, Ankit Chadha, Antara Dev Sen Antony Beevor, Anupa Lal, Anuradha Sharma Pujari, Anvita Abbi, Arghya Lahiri, Arjundeo Charan, Arshia Sattar, Artemis Cooper, Ashok Vajpeyi, Astad Deboo, Aunohita Mojumdar,
Bachi Karkaria, Barkha Dutt, Barnaby Rogerson, Barnett R. Rubin, Bejan Matur, Ben Anderson, Benyamin Daniel, Bhaichand Patel, Bharat Ola, Bina Ramani, Buket Uzuner,
Carlos Rojas, Carsten Jensen, Chandra Prakash Deval, Chandrahas Choudhury, Cheryl Strayed, Chetana Sachidanandan, Chhavi Rajawat, Chiki Sarkar, CP Surendran, Cyrus Mistry,
David Cannadine, Dayanita Singh, Dipankar Gupta, DK Taknet, Durga Prasad Agarwal,
Ekta Kapoor, Emma Rothschild, Esther Syiem,
Farah Ghuznavi, Fariba Hachtroudi,
Gaiutra Bahadur, Gajra Kothari, Ganesh Devy, Gautam Chakrabarti, Geetanjali Shree, Geoff Dyer, George Michell, Gita Krishnankutty, Gloria Steinem,
Hari Ram Meena, Harold Varmus, Homi Bhabha, Hubert Védrine, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Husain Haqqani, Indrajit Hazra,
Indrajit Singh Rathore, Irrfan Khan, Isabella Tree, Ivan Vladislavic,
Jack Turner, Jason Burke, Javed Akhtar, Jerry Pinto, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jim Al-Khalili, Jim Crace, John Elliott, John Makinson, John Ralston Saul, Johny ML, Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Shainin, Joseph O’Neill, Justin Cartwright Jyoti Kiran Shukla, Jørn Lier Horst,
K S Radhakrishnan, K. C. Maloo, K. R. Meera, Kaajal Oza Vaidya, Kalyani Shankar, Katherine Boo, Kavita Singh, Kazi Anis Ahmed, Kiku Adatto, Kishwar Desai, Kumar Galhotra,
Lara Feigel, Lily Wangchhuk, Louise Khurshid, Louise Tillin,
M T Vasudevan Nair, Maaza Mengiste, Madhav Hada, Madhu Bhatt Tailang, Mahesh Dattani, Mahmood Farooqui, Malashri Lal, Mangat Badal, Manisha Kulshreshtha, Manjushree Thapa, Manu Dash, Manvendra Singh, Marcus Du Sautoy, Margaret Mascarenhas, Mark Mazzetti, Martin Puchner, Mary Beard, Mary Kom, Maya Jasanoff, Meghnad Desai, Mehr Farooqi, Meru Gokhale, Michael Axworthy, Michael Sandel, Mita Kapur, Mridula Behari, Mrinhal Jha, Mukulika Banerjee, Murli Manohar Joshi,
Nadeem Aslam, Nadifa Mohammed, Naman Ahuja, Namita Gokhale, Nand Bharadwaj, Narendra Kohli, Naveen Chawla, Navtej Sarna, Nayomi Munaweera, Neelam Deo, Neelima Bajpai, Neerav Patel, Nelofar Currimbhoy, Nicholas Shakespeare, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Nilima Sinha,
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Otto De Kat,
Paranjoy Thakurta, Paro Anand, Partha Mitter, Pavan Varma, Payal Kapadia, Peter Godwin, Peter Stanley, Philip Hensher, Piyush Daiya, Prahlad Shekhawat, Prasoon Joshi, Preeta Bhargava, Prerana Shrimali,
R Sivapriya, Rahul Soni, Raj Kundra, Rana Chhina, Rana Dasgupta, Rana Mitter, Rani Shankardass, Ravi Deecee, Ravi Venkatesan, Ravish Kumar, Ray Monk, Reza Aslan, Richard Holmes, Rima Hooja, Ritu Menon, Rivka Galchen, Robert D. Blackwill, Robyn Davidson, Romesh Gunesekera, Ru Freeman, Ruchira Gupta, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Rupleena Bose,
S. R. Faruqi, Sabrina Dhawan, Sachin Kundalkar, Sahar Delijani, Sahil Farooqi, Salma, Samanth Subramanian, Samantha Shannon, Samantha Weinberg, Sanjoy Roy, Sarah Churchwell, Sawai Singh Shekhawat, Shashi Tharoor, Shazia Ilmi, Shekhar Pathak, Shereen El Feki, Shobit Arya, Shovon Chowdhury, Shyam Saran, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, Simantini Rangey Raghav, Snehal Kukreja, Somnath Batabyal, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Sudhir Chaudhary, Suhel Seth, Suman Sahai, Sundeep Bhutoria, Sunil Khilnani, Supriya Nair, Taiye Selasi,
Tanessa Puri, Tash Aw,
Vaidehi, Vali Nasr, Vamsee Juluri, Vanita Kohli Khandekar, Vartika Nanda, Ved Mehta, Vidya Dehejia, Vikas Khanna, Vikram Chandra, Vikram Nair, Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Vivek Tejuja,
William Dalrymple, William Sutcliffe,
Yashwant Sinha, Yatindra Mishra,
Zeruya Shalev and Zuni Chopra
Glimpses of Jaipur Literature Festival 2013
I was thinking from where should I Start and What to say but cant able to decide anything. To say anything about the Grandness of "Jaipur Literature Festival" is kind of Impossible to me. There were Thousands of Literariens from all around the World. The Energy Level there was Mind Boggling.
The 5 day Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) – billed as the biggest literary event in Asia-Pacific – ended here on Monday. Festival director William Dalrymple said an estimated 2 lakh footfall was recorded this time, against 1.20 lakh last year.
Scholars from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Columbia were among the 260 authors from all across the world, who addressed the audience on a wide range of subjects. They educated, inspired and regaled them and unhesitatingly mingled with the crowds. The event, in its sixth year, encompassed debates, talks, performances, children’s workshops and interactive pursuits.
JLF 2014 will be held from January 16 to 20
If the list for 2014 turns out to be real, then the next edition should be the biggest for JLF. The speakers includeDavid Mitchell, Jonathan Franzen, Umberto Eco, Jonathan Safran Foer, Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood,Adonis, Colm Toibin, Hisham Matar, Jeanette Winterson, Marjane Satrapi and Peter Carey. Ian McEwan will also return.
All I will say is that You have to be here to Know it. If you are from out of Jaipur then yes you should plan a trip in such a way so that you can attend this Fest.
The Link of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) Official Site.
“The Greatest Literary Show on Earth!”
Few Pictures of Sessions I had Attended. . .
|'The Global Soul and the Search for Home'|
Pico Iyer, Abraham Verghese, Laleh Khadivi, Akash Kapur and Sadakat Kadri, moderated by Aminatta Forna
|'Republic of Ideas'|
Patrick French, Ashis Nandy, Ashutosh, Tarun Tejpal and Richard Sorabji in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
|'Remembering Sunil Da'|
Film, readings by Sharmila Tagore, tributes by Aruna Chakravarti, Arunava Sinha and Amit Chaudhuri, moderated by Malashri Lal
|'Maps of Love and Hate: Nationalism and Arab Literature'|
Ahdaf Soueif, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Selma Dabbagh in conversation with Jonathan Shainin, introduced by William Dalrymple
|'Whose legacy is it anyway? Land, People and Development'|
H.M. Nerurkar, Kota Neelima, Shoma Chaudhury and Tarun Das in conversation with John Elliot
|'The Epic Imagination'|
Devdutt Pattanaik, Madeline Miller and Sitanshu Yashaschandra in conversation with Vayu Naidu
Book Launch: The Ascent of Sita by Vayu Naidu
|'Hindi-English Bhai Bhai'|
Ashok Vajpeyi, Bhalchandra Nemade, Ashis Nandy, Udaya Narayana Singh and Ira Pande in conversation with Ravish Kumar
Ashok Chakradhar, Ikraam Rajasthani and Atul Kanakk in conversation with Sampat Saral
|'Literature of Love and Longing'|
Andrew Solomon, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Saleem Kidwai, Devdutt Pattanaik and Philip Hensher in conversation with Sandip Roy
Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Saraswati Mathur, Ambika Dutt, Devyani Bhardwaj, Om Nagar, Premchand Gandhi and Atul Kanakk, introduced by Smita Tewari Jassal
|'Sex and Sensibility: Women in Cinema'|
Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi in conversation with Sanjoy Roy
Sunshine Lanes by Prasoon Joshi [Book Launch by Tarun Tejpal]
|'An Evening With Sharmila Tagore'|
Sharmila Tagore in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir
By Manav Singhi