Wednesday, July 24, 2024

JLF announces second list of speakers

The organisers of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has announced the second list of speakers for the 17th edition of the festival set to take place from February 1-5, 2024 at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur.

The second list of 25 speakers has a diverse mix that include Akhil Katyal, poet, translator, scholar and author of ’Like Blood on the Bitten Tongue: Delhi Poems’ and ’How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross’; Amia Srinivasan, academic and author of ’The Right to Sex’; Andrew Quintman, scholar in Buddhist traditions of Tibet and the Himalaya, and author of ’The Life of Milarepa’; Arundhathi Subramaniam, poet and Sahitya Akademi awardee; Bonnie Garmus, copywriter, creative director and debut novelist of ‘Lessons in Chemistry’; Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of best-selling books such as ’The Palace of Illusions’, ’The Forest of Enchantment’, ’The Last Queen’ and ’Independence’; Damon Galgut, Booker Prize winning novelist and playwright; Diana Evans, Orange Award winning novelist, journalist and critic; and noted poet, lyricist and scriptwriter Gulzar.

The list continues with Hernan Diaz, Pulitzer prize-winning author; Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer, journalist and author; Katie Kitamura, journalist and art critic, and award-winning author; Kelly Dorji, Bhutanese actor, model and artist and the author of ‘The Hidden Rainbow’; Luke Syson, British museum curator and art historian and Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge; Justice Madan B. Lokur, former judge of the Supreme Court of India and Supreme Court of Fiji; Malcolm Turnbull, former Prime Minister of Australia; Maria Goretti, television presenter, actor and writer of the cookbook ‘From My Kitchen to Yours’; and Merve Emre, academic and writer of ‘The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway’.

The festival will also feature former Ambassador Navdeep Suri; Roger Cohen, Pulitzer and George Polk award recipient journalist; Sarnath Banerjee, graphic novelist, artist and filmmaker; Shumona Sinha, award-winning author of ‘Down with the Poor!’;Vincent Brown, academic and author of ‘The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery’; Vivek Shanbhag, author, editor and playwright; and Yascha Mounk, German-born American political scientist and author.

Since its inception in 2007, the festival has hosted nearly 5,000 speakers and performers, while drawing over a million book-enthusiasts from around the globe.

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