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Jaipur BookMark 2018 announces its second edition of ‘The FirstBook Club New Writers Mentorship Programme’, which invites entries ranging across short-stories, poetry as well as works of fiction or non-fiction from first-time writers across the country. The 2017 edition saw a range of participants, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, belonging to diverse social and linguistic backgrounds. Festival director and author Namita Gokhale says, “We were deeply impressed by the vibrant writing and creative energy displayed in the entries received for the First Book Club last year. We look forward to listening in to more fresh and talented voices at JBM 2018.”


JBM is delighted to announce that Naye Shekhar Ki Jeewni by Avinash Mishra, which was one of the shortlisted entries of ‘The FirstBook Club New Writers Mentorship Programme’ in 2017, will be published by Vani Prakashan in January 2018!


This year, 20-25 shortlisted participants will be invited to attend Jaipur BookMark on 28th January 2018, and will be given individual feedback by our expert panel of publishers, literary agents, writers and translators, and perhaps get a chance to even sign a book deal. The panel will include Vikas Gupta, Zac O’Yeah, Mita Kapur, Jayapriya Vasudevan, Preeti Gill, Kelly Falconer, Anuj Bahri, Urvashi Butalia, Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal, Esha Chatterjee and Manasi Subramaniam.


The shortlist will be announced on 10th January. The digital media partner for this venture is, an online platform known for bringing into sharp focus the most important political and cultural stories that shape contemporary India. will feature the shortlisted entries of the First Book Club New Writers Mentorship Programme on their platform.


Speaking on this association Arunava Sinha, Translator and Books Editor, said, ‘We are delighted to collaborate with the First Book Club, and publish the shortlisted pieces emerging from this programme showcasing new talent.’


Jaipur BookMark is a parallel B2B segment of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, that brings together publishers, literary agents, writers, translators and book sellers to ‘talk business’ through focused sessions and discussions. It will be held between 24th January-28th January at Diggi Palace, the home of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.


The fifth edition of JBM sees new trends and innovation take centre-stage. Nikko Odiseos from Shambhala Books, speakers from Walking BookFairs and Books on the Metro teams will share their passion for the written word at a session that celebrates unusual booksellers and curators who breathe new life into preserving books.  A roundtable on digital narratives will examine the potential of a new genre of reading with speakers such as Anurag Kashyap, Anish Chandy, Gaurav Solanki, Arpita Das, and Anu Singh Choudhary. Roundtables on issues such as academic and trade publishing are also set to take place, featuring stalwarts like Manas Saikia, Urvashi Butalia, Ratnesh Jha, Sugata Ghosh and Vikas Gupta, amongst others. A session bringing together festival directors of various Indian and international literary festivals is also on the JBM programming calendar.

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About the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’ and the ‘Kumbh of literature’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas.


The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million booklovers from across India and the globe.


The Festival’s core values remain unchanged; to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.


Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.


Writers and Festival Directors NamitaGokhale and William Dalrymple invite speakers to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur.


The Festival showcases a range of voices from India and abroad.


Past speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee, OrhanPamuk and Wole Soyinka, Man Booker Prize winners Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty, SahityaAkademi winners GirishKarnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair as well as the late Mahasweta Devi and U.R. Ananthamurthy along with literary superstars including Amish Tripathi, ChimamandaNgoziAdichie and Vikram Seth. An annual event that goes beyond literature, the Festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Fry and Thomas Piketty.


The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces it along with over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally.


In 2014, the Festival spread its wings beyond the borders of India with an annual summer event in London. In 2015, it headed across the pond to Boulder, Colorado where it hosts a similar event every September.




About Teamwork Arts

For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India.


In countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, Teamwork produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities.


Teamwork Arts produces one of the world’s largest literary gatherings, the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the Ishara International Puppet Festival and the annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and Festival in New Delhi, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, Eye on India in the United States of America, India by the Bay in Hong Kong, Confluence – Festival of India in Australia,  India@70 2017: Year of Culture in the United Kingdom, and many more.




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