New Delhi, November 25 (PTI) Best-selling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, Hollywood actor-writer Rupert Everett, award-winning Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka and prominent Jamaican poet Kei Miller are among the 25 names on the second list of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) announced Thursday.
Billed as the world’s largest free literary event, the festival, now in its 15th year, is expected to see the participation of more than 180 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons from around the world, will host offline sessions from January 28 to February 1 and virtual until it closes on February 6, 2022.
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It will be held in the new location of the Clarks Amber Hotel in Jaipur.
Giving the festival a diverse flavor, the second list of speakers includes names like award-winning British poet Ruth Padel, Booker Prize shortlist author Monica Ali and David Mitchell, British archaeologist David Wengrow and British nature writer. Robert Macfarlane.
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“Our second roster of speakers unfolds to provide further insight into the rich diversity of voices that will be featured at Jaipur Literature Festival 2022. We are proud to feature writers and thinkers, dreamers and actors from all languages, cultures and continents, ”said Namita Gokhale, screenwriter and co-director of JLF.
Also on the second list are political author Jai Ram Ramesh, British historian and biographer Andrew Lownie, actor-author Sonali Bendre and Nandana Dev Sen, poet Akhil Katyal and K Satchidanandan, American scholar Maya Jasanoff and writer-journalist Anindita Ghose.
The list continues with bestselling author Manu Pillai, Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award-winning author Tanuj Solanki, Bangladeshi journalist Mahfuz Anam, art historian Vidya Dehejia, engineer-author Naushad D Forbes, journalist- filmmaker Vinod Kapri, writer-editor Ritu Menon and novelist Saikat Majumdar.
“We come back with a truly spectacular roster of literary superstars from all over the world. In fiction we have this year’s winner Booker, the great Damon Galgut, his predecessors Monica Ali and DBC Pierre, the Pullizer winner Jonathan Franzen and the Turkish superstar. Elif Shafak, “said William Dalrymple, historian and co-director of JLF.
“We have Rob Macfarlane on Nature Writing, Rupert Everett on Hollywood, Vidya Dehejia on Chola Bronzes. We also focus on archeology and ancient history: Cat Jarman on Vikings, David Wengrove on Dawn of Everything and many more. ” he added.
Like previous editions, the ninth edition of Jaipur BookMark (JBM), a platform for publishers, literary agents, writers, translators, translation agencies and booksellers around the world, will run alongside the festival.
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