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The ninth ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival demonstrates its global stature once again hosting the world’s leading writers and thinkers

– First list of 165 world-class Indian and international authors announced – 

– The festival runs from Thursday 21st – Monday 25th January 2016 in the historic setting of The Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur – 

– Online registration and press accreditation has begun – 

– Jaipur BookMark returns to connect the best in the business of books– New Delhi, October 8, 2015: The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, described as the greatest literary show on earth, today announced 165 world-class Indian and international authors set to contribute to a spectacular line up for its 2016 event.

Taking place from 21 to 25 January 2016 at the beautiful and historic Diggi Palace Hotel, the ninth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival sees leading authors of our times coming together in a global celebration of literature.

Headline names set to appear at the festival this year include the legendary Margaret Atwood, poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist, even as her new novel, ‘The Heart Goes Last’ is appreciated by her many fans around the world; Ruskin Bond, beloved to generations of Indian readers; Steve McCurry one of the world’s greatest living photographers; controversial Harvard historian Niall Ferguson and Britain’s national treasure Stephen Fry.

 French Economist and global voice on wealth and income inequality Thomas Piketty, Bosnian American fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon, Israeli author and peace activist David Grossman, and India’s most celebrated psychoanalyst and author Sudhir Kakar take centre-stage alongside some of India’s leading  writers, including prominent Hindi poet and author Uday Prakash, Sahitya Akademi Awardees in the world of Assamese literature Rita Chowdhury and Dhrubajyoti Bora as well as prominent Gujarati poet and scholar Sitanshu Yashaschandra, among others.

The 2016 Festival embraces and explores globally vital issues such as migration, privacy and navigating change, bringing together a range of expertise and perspectives on stage throughout the five days.

Homi Bhabha from the Mahindra Humanities Centre curates a strand of sessions around the theme of privacy in the contemporary world. Contributors include British author and columnist Ben Macintyre. Frontline reporters discuss conflict and its effect on the modern world with American reporter Dexter Filkins, English foreign correspondent Christina Lamb and CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bergen.  Science communicator, children’s author, journalist and novelist Lucy Hawking speaks of her extraordinary journey in transmitting the awe, wonder, and understanding of our universe to young readers.

As ever, the festival celebrates the rich diversity of languages in South Asia. Leading Indian writers include Mridula Sinha, Alka Saraogi, Ashok Vajpeyi, Yatindra Mishra, Prabhat Ranjan, Harish Trivedi and Mridul Kirti in Hindi, Anita Agnihotri in Bangla, Vivek Shanbhag in Kannada, Ila Arab Mehta in Gujarati, Madhav Hada in Rajasthani, Makarand Sathe in Marathi, Sahil Maqbool in Kashmiri, and many others including the Santhali publisher Ruby Hembrom. The languages given voice in the programme so far include Assamese, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Pahadi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Santhali, Tamil and Urdu with more to be announced soon.

Our focus on the rich oral heritage of Rajasthan continues with a session on the Kaavad traditions of illustrated storytelling and performance. The unique multi-lingual flavour of the festival is further enhanced by the presence of international languages such as French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Icelandic and Slovenian.

After two successful seasons, Jaipur BookMark continues to be an important business and networking opportunity for everybody working in the books and publishing industry. The two day Jaipur BookMark conference will be held alongside the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival at the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel on 21 and 22 January 2016. From self-publishing to e-books, digital content to distribution, this business to business platform will host both international and Indian publishing communities, providing them with a public forum to meet, talk business deals, listen to speakers from across the world and perhaps even sign contracts. Jaipur BookMark in 2016 brings an important new focus on translations and rights. 

Namita Gokhale, writer, publisher and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is propelled by ideas and the excitement of real-time conversations. We bring together the finest minds from across the world and explore our changing times through sessions on economics, politics and the sciences. Yet we remain rooted in local culture and language, and our literary perspective is always from the grassroots upwards. The spreading Banyan tree of the Jaipur Literature Festival has found root and sustenance in its recent Southbank London and Boulder Colorado editions. The spirit of our festival, which is spontaneous and democratic, continues to inspire readers and writers alike as it creates a crucial space for books, ideas and dialogue.” 

William Dalrymple, writer and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “Each year at Jaipur we try to produce a programme more remarkable than the year before, but this year has to be our most astonishing line up ever. Among the international authors appearing this year we present writers of genius as diverse as economist Thomas Picketty and humourist and polymath Stephen Fry. We import some of the world’s most admired novelists, including Margaret Atwood, Colm Toibin and David Grossman, as well as arguably the world’s greatest living travel writer, Colin Thubron. We deeply delve into three areas of world literature we have so far failed to explore- notably the novelists and poets of the Balkans, the Caribbean and Central America- while returning to examine eternal classics such as the work of Shakespeare, Proust and Andaal. We will explore a vast range of subjects from Neanderthals to Hedge Fund Managers; the bleak depths of depression to the heights of the Silk Road; universal myths of the Deluge to the literature of the Sandanistas; Jamaican rap and mediaeval mystic poetry; the agonies of Gaza and the pleasures of the Kama Sutra. It’s going to be an incredible few days and I can’t wait for January so that we can get started!” 

Sanjoy K. Roy, Director of Teamwork Arts who produce the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has established itself as one of the greatest literary gatherings in the world. The core values of it remain the same, to create a platform that celebrates freedom of expression and ideas bringing together the very best writers from across the world to one of the most magical and atmospheric historic sites in a celebration of literature open and equal to all.  This year Teamwork Arts has extended the festival into two overseas locations, the Southbank in London and Boulder in Colorado USA to give people overseas just a taste of what they can experience in Jaipur, and we know already that some will now travel to join us for what promises to be one of the best years ever.

Registration can be found here:

The 165 authors currently announced as participating in the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival are as follows. There will be further announcements over the next two months to reveal the full programme of around 250 authors.

  1. Abdourahman A. Waberi
  2. Abeer Hoque
  3. Alberto Ruy Sanchez
  4. Aleksandar Hemon
  5. Alex Shoumatoff
  6. Alexander McCall Smith
  7. Alexandra Harris
  8. Alka Saraogi
  9. Altaf Tyrewala
  10. Amish Tripathi
  11. Amrit Kaur Lohia
  12. Amish Devgum
  13. Andrej Blatnik
  14. Andrew Duff
  15. Anita Agnihotri
  16. Anita Nair
  17. Anjum Hasan
  18. Anthony Sattin
  19. Anuja Chauhan
  20. Anuradha Roy
  21. Archana Venkatesan
  22. Armistead Maupin
  23. Arvind Subramanian
  24. Ashok Vajpeyi
  25. Ashwin Sanghi
  26. Atul Gawande
  27. Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
  28. Avirook Sen
  29. Ayesha Jalal
  30. Bant Singh
  31. Ben Macintyre
  32. Blake Morrison
  33. C. Raja Mohan
  34. Casey Schwartz
  35. Carrie Vout
  36. Chandrahas Choudhary
  37. Christina Lamb
  38. Christophe Jaffrelot
  39. Colin Thubron
  40. Colm Toibin
  41. Coomi Kapoor
  42. Cornelia Funke
  43. Crispin Branfoot
  44. Cyprian Broodbank
  45. Dasa Drndic
  46. David Grossman
  47. David Van Reybrouck
  48. Dennis Nurkse
  49. Dexter Filkins
  50. Dhrubajyoti Bora
  51. Diriye Osman
  52. Esther Freud
  53. Eugene Rogan
  54. Evald Flisar
  55. Ferdinand Mount
  56. Frederick D’Aguiar
  57. Gerard Russell
  58. Hannah Rothschild
  59. Harish Trivedi
  60. Helen Macdonald
  61. Henry Finder
  62. Homi Bhabha
  63. Ila Arab Mehta
  64. Ira Pande
  65. Irving Finkel
  66. Jai Arjun Singh
  67. Jairam Ramesh
  68. James Cuno
  69. James McConnachie
  70. James Shapiro- WD
  71. Jean Findlay- WD
  72. Jerry Pinto- NG
  73. Jonathan Franzen-
  74. K. Satchidanandan
  75. Kanza Javed
  76. Katherine Butler Schofield
  77. Kavita Singh
  78. Kei Miller
  79. Kunal Basu
  80. Kwame Anthony Appiah
  81. Laleh Khalili
  82. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
  83. Lucy Hawking
  84. Madhav Hada
  85. Makarand Sathe
  86. Margaret Atwood
  87. Margaret Macmillan
  88. Margreta De Grazia
  89. Marlon James
  90. Maxi Jazz
  91. Molly Crabapple
  92. Mona Eltahawy
  93. Monisha Rajesh
  94. Mridul Kirti
  95. Namita Gokhale
  96. Nayanika Mahtani
  97. Niall Ferguson
  98. Nilanjana Roy
  99. Nina Sabnani
  100. Nirupama Dutt
  101. Nisid Hajari
  102. Omar Barghouti
  103. Peter Bergen
  104. Peter Frankopan
  105. Philip A. Lutgendorf
  106. Prabhat Ranjan
  107. Pragya Tiwari
  108. Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  109. Priya Sarukkai Chabria
  110. R. Raj Rao
  111. Rauf Ahmed
  112. Rachel Kelly
  113. Raghu Karnad
  114. Ravi Singh
  115. Ravi Subramanian
  116. Reema Abbasi
  117. Richard Sennett
  118. Rita Chowdhury
  119. Rita Kothari
  120. Roberto Calasso
  121. Rohit Gandhi
  122. Ronald Suny
  123. Ronnie Screwvala
  124. Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
  125. Ruskin Bond
  126. Sahil Maqbool
  127. Saikat Majumdar
  128. Salil Tripathi
  129. Samanth Subramaniam
  130. Sarah McPhee
  131. Sebastian Mallaby
  132. Sergio Ramirez Mercado
  133. Sharad Paul
  134. Sheryl Connelly
  135. Shobhaa De
  136. Shrabani Basu
  137. Siddhartha Gigoo
  138. Sidin Vadukut
  139. Simon Winchester
  140. Sitanshu Yashaschandra
  141. Stephen Fry
  142. Steve McCurry
  143. Sudha Gopalakrishnan
  144. Sudhir Choudhary
  145. Sudhir

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