The fourth edition of Jaipur BookMark (JBM) opens the Jaipur Literature Festival’s proceedings with a full day of industry focused programming on 18th January at Diggi Palace followed by special sessions at a dedicated venue at the Festival Hub from the 19th – 23rdJanuary. 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.
In terms of programming, every year the Jaipur Literature Festival makes a concerted effort to ensure that the multitude of Indian languages is showcased while its industry arm, Jaipur BookMark, focuses on the art of translation. This is set to continue in 2017 with over 25 languages represented in works spanning the country’s literary landscape as well as international translations in a bid to preserve and promote the diverse range of life, culture and stories.
Just one example of this focus will be a session on voices from the East which discusses how Tagore and Mahashweta Devi in translation initiated a dialogue between the different languages and literatures of the region. Did they spark a revolution in the translation industry? Has that led to a greater integration between India’s diverse regional languages? These questions will be explored with a panel of leading writers and publishers.
This year’s subjects of discussion across six days will include celebrating booksellers and the art of curating reading lists, the languages of East India, a debate around self-publishing, a look at the politics of literary translation and a session on how online platforms like Sahapedia are providing digital knowledge resources, which are empowering a new generation. There will also be master classes, which include copyright and book design, as well as the awarding of the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize.
Do you have a story you want to tell the world? For the first time, Jaipur BookMark will invite budding authors to share a synopsis of their work, which will be assessed by a panel of literary agents, publishers and critics. Those shortlisted will be invited to take part in The First Book Club, the New Writers’ Mentorship Programme, a special one-on-one session for advice from industry experts.