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Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 Jaipur Literature Festival 2018

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival announces first list of 60 speakers for 2018 edition Featured

Written by  Dec 08, 2017

The annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival announced today that its 11th edition will take place from 25-29 January 2018, once again at its beautiful home of the historic Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival which has often been described as the ‘greatest literary show on earth’ and the ‘Kumbh Mela of literature’ has hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcomed over a million booklovers over the past decade, evolving into a global literary phenomenon. A true champion of literary and artistic traditions and democratic discourse, it encourages freedom of thought through a range of
voices from India and abroad engaged in informed and enlightened dialogue and promotes above all a love for literature.

This year, the Festival will welcome over 250 writers, thinkers, politicians, journalists and popular cultural icons from over 35 different nationalities. It will feature a spectacular line-up of speakers representing the major awards including the Nobel, Man Booker, Pulitzer, Padma Vibhusan and the Sahitya Akademi Award. The first list of 60 speakers released today include Akhil Sharma, award-winning writer and creative writing professor; Amy Tan, author of the widely adapted book The Joy Luck Club; award winning Indian film director and producer Anurag Kashyap, Indian art critic, art historian, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee, BN Goswamy; former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai; English novelist and author of the iconic Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding; Man Booker winner and author of The English Patient Michael Ondaatje; Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter from The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team Michael Rezendes; Sahitya Akademi Award winner Mridula Garg; 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laurate Mohammad Yunus, essayist and novelist Pico Iyer, best known for travel writing; New York Times bestselling poet and illustrator Rupi Kaur; Indian classical dancer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Sonal Mansingh; Indian philanthropist and writer Sudha Murty; Academy and Tony Award winning Czech-born British playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard; and Grammy Award winning tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, among others.

The discussions at the Festival will feature around works spanning both Indian and the international literary landscapes; translations will be under the spotlight too in a bid to reinforce a diverse and flavourful cultural matrix. The 2018 edition expects to welcome speakers representing over 15 Indian and more than 20 international languages.

As in previous years, the forthcoming edition of the Festival will partner with major Indian and global brands and host the highest calibre of speakers and curate an enviable depth in programming for its ever increasing and discerning audiences.

The Festival will open as usual with its B2B arm, Jaipur BookMark (JBM), now in its fifth edition, with a full day of programming on 24 January at Diggi Palace followed by sessions at a dedicated JBM venue at the Festival Hub from the 25-28 January. JBM continues to provide a platform for publishers, literary agents, translation agencies and writers to meet, talk business deals and listen to major industry players from across the world.

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival sets literary conversations, debates and dialogue against the backdrop of built and cultural heritage including curated art installations, world music performances at the Music Stage and cultural evenings at heritage venues like the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 – Speaker List (Updated 28.11.17)

1. Abeer Y. Hoque
2. Abhinav Chandrachud
3. Adriana Lisboa
4. Akhil Katyal
5. Akhil Sharma
6. Amin Jaffer
7. Amitava Kumar
8. Amy Tan
9. Angela Saini
10. Anurag Kashyap
11. Atmaprajnananda Saraswati
12. Benjamin Dix
13. B. N. Goswamy
14. Bulaki Sharma
15. Carin Gerhardsen
16. Dipankar Gupta
17. Era Tak
18. Esther David
19. Eurig Salisbury
20. Hamid Karzai
21. Helen Fielding
22. Ilse KöhlerRollefson
23. Jeffrey Gettleman
24. Josefine Klougart
25. Joshua Ferris
26. Jovan Mays
27. Kaya Genç
28. Leïla Slimani
29. Manoranjan Byapari
30. Marina Warner
31. Markiyan Kamysh
32. Michael Franklin
33. Michael Ondaatje
34. Michael Rezendes
35. Michael Vatikiotis
36. Minna Lindgren
37. Mridula Garg
38. Muhammad Yunus
39. Nadifa Mohamed
40. Namita Waikar
41. Nicolas Idier
42. Pankaj Dubey
43. Pankaj Sekhsaria
44. Peter Bos
45. Pico Iyer
46. Poonam Surie
47. Prajwal Parajuly
48. Rita Kothari
49. Rupi Kaur
50. Sagarika Ghose
51. Satish Gupta
52. Sethu
53. Sheela Reddy
54. Sonal Mansingh
55. Sudha Murty
56. Sujatha Gidla
57. Tom Stoppard
58. Victor Sebestyen
59. Yatindra Mishra
60. Zakir Hussain



Last modified on Friday, 08 December 2017 18:43

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