Jaipur will witness the tenth edition of Literature Festival in 2017. After presenting you with the list of twenty Speakers, we now bring to you the list of next twenty, who will make their presence at the renowned literature festival.
The Festival expects to welcome over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians, journalists, and popular culture icons to Jaipur this coming January. Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, placing some of the world’s greatest wordsmiths and intellects from all walks of life together on stage.
# Returning to Jaipur Literature Festival is novelist and short story writer Ajay Navaria, one of the foremost Hindi writers of his generation. His short story collection Unclaimed Terrain was translated into English to great critical acclaim.
# Manju Kapur is a highly acclaimed and prolific Indian author. Her novel Difficult Daughters won the Commonwealth Prize for the Best First Novel, Eurasia region.
# Marcos Giralt Torrente made his celebrated literary debut with the volume of short stories, Entiéndame (Understand Me). His first novel, París (Paris), was awarded the Herralde Novel Prize and was followed by the novella Nada sucede solo (Nothing Happens On Its Own) and the novel Los seres felices (Happy Beings).
# Making her first visit to Jaipur after appearing at JLF@Boulder is Margo Jefferson, a cultural critic and the author of Negroland: A Memoir and On Michael Jackson. Negroland received the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. In 1995, while a staff writer for The New York Times, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. She teaches writing at Columbia University.
# Neelima Dalmia Adhar divides her time between writing and pursuing her interests in poetry, Hindu philosophy and the paranormal. Her first book was a biography of her father, the renowned industrialist Ramkrishna Dalmia, entitled Father Dearest: The Life and Times of RK Dalmia, which was a bestseller, garnering international acclaim.
# Alex Ross is the music critic for The New Yorker and the author of the books The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This. He has received a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
# Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at the University of Cambridge. By the end of 2016, his books, including 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide will have been translated into 40 languages and published in 43 countries. His books have sold nearly 2 million copies.
# Historian, writer and Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford, Roy Foster appears at the Jaipur Literature Festival for the first time.
# Linda Colley is an award-winning historian, academic, author and broadcaster who specialises in post-1700 British history.
# Jeremy Paxman is a British broadcaster, journalist and author who has worked for the BBC since 1972 and is known for his particularly tough interview style – especially used against politicians. He presented ‘Newsnight’ for 25 years, leaving in 2014, and is the question master for the popular quiz show ‘University Challenge’.
# Famous Rajasthani author and poet Hari Ram Meena will return to Jaipur Literature Festival. He is the winner of the 2012 Bihari Puraskar for his Hindi novel Dhooni Tape Teer, and author of When Arrows Were Heated Up andTravels in the Adivasi World.
# Neerja Mattoo was formerly Professor of English and Head of Department of English, Govt. Women College, Srinagar, Kashmir.
# Sadaf Saaz is a Bangladeshi poet, activist and entrepreneur, who grew up in the UK, studying Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge.
# Robert Blackwill, writer and diplomat, is a Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Blackwill served previously as the U.S. ambassador to India and deputy national advisor at the White House.
# Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at the School of Asian Studies, University of London.Her PhD research was on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram (1777-1852) and her main research interest is in Hindi cinema.
# Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyses the macroeconomy and international affairs. She has been named on lists such as Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009 – the year her first book was published – GQ’s 100 Most Connected Women in 2014 and the 25 Most Influential Global Economists.
# Making her first appearance at Jaipur Literature Festival is Lila Azam Zanganeh who writes and lives in New York City. She grew up in Paris to Iranian parents and is fluent in seven languages.
# AN Wilson is an English writer and newspaper columnist. A prolific and varied writer, his works spans satire such as The Vicar of Sorrows, historical fiction including Gentleman in England, biography and historical nonfiction such as The Victorians. His other nonfiction books include Iris Murdoch As I Knew Her, the controversial biography of Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, and The Book of the People: How to Read the Bible.
# Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul. Her recent memoir The Girl with Seven Names – A North Korean Defector’s Story, has been published in 18 languages.
# Vladimir Lucien is a writer from St. Lucia. His poems and criticism have appeared in The Caribbean Review of Books, PN (Poetry Nation) Review, Wasafiri, Bim Magazine and Small Axe Journal among others. Sounding Ground, his debut collection of poetry, was the overall winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.