Jaipur, Jan 12: If it is January, can the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) be far behind? Certainly not. Jaipur is ready yet again for the world for books, litterateurs and a new fest mobile app for Apple and Android users, where one can track the updates.
Slated to be held between January 21 to 25, the list of speakers this year is enviable. This year will see India’s most beloved and prolific storyteller Ruskin Bond; this year’s Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James; India’s most celebrated psychoanalyst and author Sudhir Kakar; Stephen Fry, one of the world’s best known actors and comedians; Hindi journalist, poet and novelist Uday Prakash, one of the leading figures in modern Indian literature; Alka Saraogi, Hindi novelist and short story writer; Colm Tóibín , Ireland’s greatest living writer; poet, novelist and essayist Margaret Atwood; French economist and global voice on wealth and income inequality Thomas Piketty; creator of one of the landmarks of modern American literature Tales of the City Armistead Maupin; and activist and writer Bant Singh, whose tragic and inspiring story of resistance to the atrocities he suffered as a Dalit Indian is a story of empowerment as well as a mirror to the fault lines in a still feudal society.
The fest app will place in your hands and offline the programme, background on the speakers, a schedule, maps of the Diggi Palace site, information on registration, contests and additional information on the leading B2B literary and publishing event, the Jaipur BookMark.
Those who wish to join the fest should register before the Festival starts, either online or at the Festival registration on site in Jaipur between January 17-20th until 9 pm to make entry to the site as smooth and easy as possible.
Audiences can also choose to register as delegates for additional benefits and access including the opportunity to rub shoulders with authors and speakers over lunches and dinners, access to concerts at the music stage, great rates at local hotels, an invitation to the Writers’ Ball and networking with publishing industry professionals. It is still possible to register as a delegate with a pre-festival rate available until 20 January.