8th season of Jaipur BookMark 2021 to don an online avatar from Feb 22-25; register now!

JBM will present a power-packed online programme which would be inclusive of the publishing conclaves exploring varied topics.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a period of many firsts has been observed and paradigms of engagement have made a shift to the virtual world from the real. On similar lines, the 8th edition of Jaipur BookMark (JBM) will be held on a digital platform, featuring an online programming spread, just like the Jaipur Literature Festival. Annually hosted parallel to JLF, Jaipur BookMark is a B2B channel which brings together publishers, literary agents, translation agencies and writers along with dedicated sessions and major industry players from all over the globe.

JBM to feature specially curated sessions by the European Union & the Cultural Relations Platform

Starting from 22nd till the 25th of February, JBM will present a power-packed online programme which would be inclusive of the publishing conclaves exploring varied topics which deal with the publishing industry.

As a highlight of their 8th year, JBM will feature some specially curated sessions by the European Union and the Cultural Relations Platform. The sessions will be attended by Director of the Federation of European Publishers Anne Bergman-Tahon; European Union Prize for Literature laureates Matthias Nawrat (EUPL Germany), Meelis Friedenthal (EUPL Estonia), Selja Ahava (EUPL Finland), Rodaan Al Galidi (EUPL Netherlands), Adam Foulds (EUPL UK); Vice President of the Frankfurt Book Fair Claudia Kaiser; Greek publisher Phaedon Kidoniatis; President of Latvian Publishers Association Renate Punka, amidst others.

Yearly, JBM identifies excellence and accordingly, the team hands out some of the key awards in the publishing industry during the festival. For instance, the Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award is given to a translator of Indian origin for his/her work in translating between two Indian languages and the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is awarded to the most innovative cover design of the year.

Jaipur BookMark 2021 to reach out to all those who cherish & engage with the business of books

H.E. Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan, was quoted saying, "I am delighted that the European Union, as a Festival Partner at this year's Jaipur Literature Festival, will offer an extensive B2B segment at the Jaipur Bookmark. Writers, publishers, and literary agents from across Europe will present the wealth of our literary heritage and offer insights into all aspects of the European book market. This partnership is an extension of our literary exchanges with Indian counterparts and will provide new avenues for inter-cultural and artistic dialogue."

Namita Gokhale, an author and JBM's advisor and co-director, also mentioned that Jaipur BookMark 2021 is returning in a virtual edition, that will reach out to all those who cherish and engage with the business of books and related notions. "We believe in books and their transformative role in guiding individuals and society forward. We have crafted a series of sessions that bring in speakers from around the world to share their learnings and their inspirations as the publishing industry steps into a new chapter in terms of technology and content orientation", she added.

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