Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 is here and it is being considered as one of the best years for international fiction as described by the literary fest organisers and we are excited enough to bring Shakespeare back to life!
The Jaipur Literature Festival congregates a diverse mix of global writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to further express and engage in thoughtful conversations and debates!
On January 24, the festival’s 11th edition will be kicking off at Jaipur’s Diggi Palace hotel and this fest will continue till the 28th of January, giving us enough time to embrace this annual erudite carnival!
This year’s international line-up includes two Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Andrew Sean Greer, who won it for his novel Less in 2018, and Colson Whitehead, who won it the year before for The Underground Railroad.
They will be joined by Andre Aciman, whose 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name was adapted by James Ivory into one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2018; Mary Beard, one of Britain’s most respected Classicists, and writer of the feminist manifesto, Women & Power; and Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo, whose debut novel, We Need New Names, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013.
Ben Okri is returning to JLF for the second time since 2012 with a brand new novel, The Freedom Artist, which releases this month and Markus Zusak, the bestselling writer of The Book Thief (2005), which was translated into 40 languages, will be in Jaipur to talk about his long-awaited sixth novel, Bridge of Clay (2018).
The Indian creamy-layer includes Tamilian author and scholar Perumal Murugan, whose works include six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry, along with Uday Prakash, NS Madhavan, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Vikram Chandra, and Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, whose most-awaited memoir, From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual, will be launched at JLF.
Three other books will be launched at the festival: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Forest of Enchantment, Navin Chawla’s Every Vote Counts: The Story of Elections in India, and Namita Gokhale and Pushpesh Pant’s Raag Pahaadi!
The Music Stage at JLF, every evening during the festival becomes a hotpot of classic beats to fusion music and this year’s list of performers includes Indian Ocean, L Subramaniam, DubFX, Jasbir Jassi, Kutle Khan, and the Nooran Sisters, among other popular artists.
Jaipur has become the melting pot for traditions and new age cultural clash and the city of rich culture and literature is prepping in all its glory for a lit fest!