Jaipur Literature Festival 10@10
- To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Jaipur Literature Festival will announce 10 speakers every week for 10 weeks every Tuesday at 6.00pm (IST).
- These announcements will reveal the names of some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers set to appear at the Festival in January and will be made from Tuesday 18 October to Tuesday 20 December.
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Thursday 3 November, 2016 – The Third Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 10@10 list of speakers is out 2017 marks ten years of the Jaipur Literature Festival and its meteoric rise from a small gem of an idea to the world’s largest free literary festival, having hosted more than 1300 speakers over the past decade.
Frequently described as ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 will take place between 19 and 23 January 2017 in its beautiful home at the historic Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.
The Festival expects to welcome over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians, journalists, and popular culture icons to Jaipur this coming January. Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, placing some of the world’s greatest wordsmiths and intellects from all walks of life together on stage.
Today, the third 10 speakers appearing at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 were announced as:
- Returning to Jaipur Literature Festival is novelist and short story writer Ajay Navaria, one of the foremost Hindi writers of his generation. He has been associated with the famed literary magazine Hans, and his work highlights the hypocrisies and indignities of the caste system. His short story collection Unclaimed Terrain was translated into English to great critical acclaim. His other works include short story collections Anya Kahaniyanand Yes Sir,as well as the novel Udhar ke Log.
- Manju Kapur is a highly acclaimed and prolific Indian author. Her novel Difficult Daughters won the Commonwealth Prize for the Best First Novel, Eurasia region. A Married Woman was shortlisted for the Encore Award, Home was shortlisted for the Hutch-Crossword prize, and The Immigrant, was shortlisted for the India Plaza Golden Quill Award and the DSC Prize of South Asian Literature in 2010. Custody was bought by Balaki Telefilms. Her most recent novel is Brothers. She has also edited Shaping the World: Women Writers on Themselves.
- Marcos Giralt Torrente made his celebrated literary debut with the volume of short stories, Entiéndame(Understand Me). His first novel, París (Paris), was awarded the Herralde Novel Prize and was followed by the novella Nada sucede solo (Nothing Happens On Its Own) and the novel Los seres felices (Happy Beings). His third novel, Tiempo de vida (Time of Life), has been acclaimed by both critics and readers and was awarded the Spanish National Book Award in 2011 as well as the 2014 European Strega Prize for the Italian edition. His latest book is the collection of stories El final del amor (The End of Love), winner of the International Short Fiction Award Ribera del Duero 2011, Spain’s highest endowed award for story collections.
- Making her first visit to Jaipur after appearing at JLF@Boulder is Margo Jefferson, a cultural critic and the author of Negroland: A Memoir and On Michael Jackson. Negroland received the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. In 1995, while a staff writer for The New York Times, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. She teaches writing at Columbia University.
- Neelima Dalmia Adhar divides her time between writing and pursuing her interests in poetry, Hindu philosophy and the paranormal. Her first book was a biography of her father, the renowned industrialist Ramkrishna Dalmia, entitled Father Dearest: The Life and Times of RK Dalmia, which was a bestseller, garnering international acclaim. Her most recent book, The Secret Life of Kasturba, is a fictionalised account of the life of the woman behind Mahatma Gandhi and was published on October 1st 2016.
- Alex Ross is the music critic for The New Yorker and the author of the books The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This. He has received a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
- Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at the University of Cambridge. By the end of 2016, his books, including 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide will have been translated into 40 languages and published in 43 countries. His books have sold nearly 2 million copies. He is the winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize and the 2005 Leontief Prize.
- Historian, writer and Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford, Roy Foster appears at the Jaipur Literature Festival for the first time. His book Modern Ireland has been credited in the Guardian as transforming historical writing. He has also published a two-volume biography of Yeats, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His most recent work is Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923. In 2000, he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize, which was that year awarded to 2016 JLF keynote speaker Margret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin.
- Linda Colley is an award-winning historian, academic, author and broadcaster who specialises in post-1700 British history. Her third book, Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837, won the Wolfson History Prize and her work has been translated into 10 languages. Her most recent work, Acts of Union and Disunion, was a BBC Radio Four series and book about what held the UK together and might drive it apart. She is currently Shelby MC Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University in the United States and has recently written for the Guardian about the implications of Brexit.
- Jeremy Paxman is a British broadcaster, journalist and author who has worked for the BBC since 1972 and is known for his particularly tough interview style – especially used against politicians. He presented ‘Newsnight’ for 25 years, leaving in 2014, and is the question master for the popular quiz show ‘University Challenge’. He has written several books throughout his career, his first, A Higher Form of Killing, was co-written with then BBC colleague and friend Robert Harris. His memoir A Life in Questions was published in October 2016.
Further information on sessions and more speakers appearing at the 10th Jaipur Literature Festival will follow over the coming weeks.