Jaipur Literature Festival to Mark Its 10th Anniversary In 2017

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2017 will witness years of the Jaipur Literature Festival. It has seen a meteoric rise from a small idea to the world’s largest free literary festival, having hosted more than 1300 speakers over the past decade.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 will take place between 19th and 23rd of January, 2017 in the historic Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.

The Festival, in January, 2017, expects to welcome over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians, journalists, and popular culture icons to Jaipur. 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.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Jaipur Literature Festival will announce 10 speakers every week for 10 weeks. These announcements will reveal the names of some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers set to appear at the Festival in January and will be made from Tuesday 18 October to Tuesday 20 December.

Several Speakers, including the following, will be appearing at the Jaipur Literature Festival: 

  1. Alice Walker makes her first visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2017. A critically acclaimed American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist, she made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the National Book Award in 1983 for her novel The Color Purple.
  1. Fresh off her recent appearance at JLF@Boulder earlier in September,Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni returns to the Jaipur Literature Festival after a gap of six years. A bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher based in the United States of America, several of her works have been made into films and plays, and translated into 29 languages.
  2. A TV scriptwriter by trade, EkaKurniawan, became the first Indonesian to be nominated for a Man Booker International Prize and won the 2016 Emerging Voices Award.
  3. SL Bhyrappais widely regarded as one of modern India’s foremost novelists. A Kannada writer, his works are popular within his home state of Karnataka as well as across India and in the United States.
  4. Nassim Nicholas Taleb came to wide public attention when he predicted the 2008 global financial crisis. The Lebanese-American essayist, statistician, former trader and risk analyst focuses his research and writing on probability, uncertainty and randomness.
  5. Mark Haddon, the British novelist who writes for both children and adults, will make his first visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival.
  6. Sir David Hare, the well-known English playwright and screenwriter, winner of two Laurence Olivier Awards and two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Hours and The Reader returns to the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2017.
  7. Alan Hollinghurst, author of The Line of Beauty, The Swimming Pool Library and his most recent novel, The Stranger’s Child, has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, James Tait Black Memorial Prize and in 2004, the Man Booker Prize.
  8. Richard Flanagan has a host of acclaimed novels to his name, including Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish and The Unknown Terrorist.
  9. NoViolet Bulawayo blasted onto the literary scene in 2013 with her debut novel We Need New Names, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, making her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to do so.
  10. After appearing at JLF@Boulder, internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman will make her first visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival.
  11. Narendra Kohli is a Hindi-language author who has been credited with reinventing the ancient form of epic writing in modern prose.
  12. Swanand Kirkire has a career that spans many of the creative arts, though he may most famously be known as a lyricist, having won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics twice, with his most famous song “Bawra mann dekhne chala ek sapna”.
  13. Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, novelist, critic and author. She has been publishing poetry collections since 1990, starting with Summer Snow on history, The Mara Crossing on migration, Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth on the Middle East and Darwin: A Life in Poems on her great-great grandfather Charles Darwin.
  14. A returning speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Vikram Chandra’s critically acclaimed novel Sacred Games won the Vodafone Crossword Award for English Fiction and a Salon Book Award. Over the summer, Netflix announced an adaptation of the book to be their first original series from India.
  15. Simon Winchester, OBE is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster although he began his career in geology, working in many different countries. As a journalist he was again posted around the world and he published his first non-fiction book The Professor and the Madman in 1998, his most recent, Pacific, is a biography of the Pacific Ocean.
  16. Italian writer and publisher Roberto Calasso, who was once called ‘a literary institution of one’ by Lila Azam Zanganeh in The Paris Review. He will return to the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2017.
  17. Neil MacGregor is a Scottish art historian who has worked as the director of the National Gallery, London and the British Museum.
  18. American Journalist Dexter Filkins was part of the winning team for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for their dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan, an award he was previously nominated for in 2002. Now writing for The New Yorker he was once called ‘the premier combat journalist of his generation’ in the Washington Post. His book, The Forever War, was a New York Times bestseller.
  19. Tahmima Anam is a British-Bangladeshi writer, novelist and columnist who won the Best First Book Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for A Golden Age in 2008, set amidst the backdrop of the 1971 war of independence for Bangladesh.
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