After going virtual in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival should finally welcome bibliophiles to its beloved home in Jaipur in hybrid mode, from January 28 next year, its organizers announced Monday.
Billed as the world’s largest free literary event, the festival, now in its 15th edition, is expected to see the participation of more than 250 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons from around the world, will host sessions outside line from January 28 to February 1 and virtual until its closure on February 6, 2022.
This year’s festival will also see a move from its traditional venue of Diggi Palace to the Clarks Amber Hotel, Jaipur with additional facilities to accommodate pedestrians and follow COVID-19 safety protocols as per government guidelines.
“This first-ever truly hybrid literary extravaganza will feature a plethora of themes and writers specially crafted for audiences around the world, delivering an immersive experience of literature, speech, musical performances, art installations, merchandise, local cuisine and more. In its landmark hybrid edition, the Festival aims to be even wider in scope and longer, spanning 10 days, ” the organizers said in a statement.
Here, the organizers also announced the first list of 15 speakers, including 2021 Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut, Portuguese politician and author Bruno Maçães, British writer and playwright of Indian descent Farrukh Dhondy, author Australian and 2003 DBC Booker Prize winner Pierre and author-poet Arundhathi Subramaniam.
“I am completely delighted that our beloved Literature Festival is returning to Jaipur after going online due to the pandemic. We come back with a truly spectacular roster of literary superstars from around the world. In fiction we have this year’s Booker winner, the great Damon Galgut, his predecessor DBC Pierre, the Pulitzer finalist Jonathan Franzen. It’s going to be utterly gorgeous and we can’t wait to see you in Jaipur from January 28, ” said William Dalrymple, writer, historian and JLF co-director.
Authors Kunal Basu, Jonathan Franzen, Tripurdaman Singh, Mukulika Banerjee, political author Shashi Tharoor and historian Vikram Sampath also make the first list.
The list continues with art historian BN Goswamy, archaeologist Cat Jarman, surgeon and writer Dr Ambarish Satwik and novelist Shivani Sibal.
“There has never been a festival of literature, speech and fellowship more powerful than the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. This year’s hybrid version will allow a much larger audience to access the festival’s offerings, reaching out to people from all continents. Teamwork Arts invites book lovers to be a part of this landmark festival in its new avatar, ” festival producer Sanjoy K Roy said.
The ninth edition of Jaipur BookMark (JBM), which will run alongside the festival, will bring together a wide range of publishers, literary agents, writers, translators, translation agencies and booksellers from around the world and their will give the opportunity to meet, talk about business and listen to the main global players in the industry.
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