Jaipur Literature Festival to hold US event

Jaipur Literature Festival to hold US event

The Jaipur Literature Festival is to hold its first ever US event, with writers including Jung Chang and Simon Sebag-Montefiore, later this year.

The event will run between 18th and 20th September in Boulder, Colorado, and will be called JLF@Boulder. It will feature more than 100 writers, thinkers, poets and performers.

There will also be a number of events held in the run up to the festival.

Namita Gokhale, author and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “We at JLF are looking forward to a stimulating and inspirational edition in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.”

Other speakers confirmed for the festival include Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Morroccan-American essayist and novelist Laila Lalami, Israeli journalist, political commentator and author Gideon Levy, and Chinese-American best-selling author Anchee Min.

William Dalrymple, author and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “Boulder is a long way from Jaipur, and we are proud to erect our literary ‘Big Top’ in town and to bring the energy, sparkle and brilliance of Indian writing to a very different world.”

Topics covered during the festival will include migration, politics and conflict, environmental concerns like fracking, famine and water conservation, and the poetic imagination and Native American voices.

JLF@Boulder will include a focus on Native American, Latino, African American, Asian American and regional literature.