With a decade into the beautiful journey in the literary world, the Jaipur Literature Festival will be celebrating its 10th year this January. To celebrate the occasion, the festival had already announced its focus to be on ‘India at 70’.
The five-day mega gala into a world of books will be hosted in the Pink City from January 19 to 23, 2017. Ahead of their 10-year commemoration, JLF organisers have started unveiling the names of eminent authors and literary personalities attending the session, with their initiative #10speakers10weeks.
The excitement among fans has already increased as William Dalrymple, writer, historian and JLF co-director, said, “Each year at Jaipur we try to produce a programme more remarkable than the year before, but 2017’s Jaipur list is certainly the most astonishing we have ever fielded. We have gathered talent from across the globe — from Jamaica to North Korea and Tasmania to Zimbabwe — to present writers of genius as diverse as the war correspondent Dexter Filkins , the economist Ha Joon Chang and the Italian aesthete, Sanskritist and polymath Roberto Calasso.”
The first list revealed exalted names such as Alice Walker, 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; Sir David Hare, the well-known English playwright and screenwriter, the two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Hours and The Reader; and Richard Flanagan, the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
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The list also includes names of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Eka Kurniawan, SL Bhyrappa, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Mark Haddon, Alan Hollinghurst and No Violet Bulawayo.
This week’s list included names of internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman, author of over 40 books of poetry, she also won the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry; Neil MacGregor, Scottish art historian who has worked as the director of the National Gallery, London and the British Museum; Tahmima Anam, British-Bangladeshi novelist who won the Best First Book Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for A Golden Age in 2008.
The list also featured Dexter Filkins, Swanand Kirire, Narendra Kohli, Ruth Padel, Vikram Chandra, Simon Winchester and Roberto Calasso.
That’s eight more weeks to go, and 80 more names awaited.