The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival will be held this year as usual at the historic Diggy Palace Jaipur from 19-23 January. 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 1300 of the world’s greatest wordsmiths and intellects from all walks of life together on stage during its decade long eventful journey. The fourth list of authors was revealed by Teamwork Arts and JLF the event organizers
- Famous Rajasthani author and poet Hari Ram Meena will return to Jaipur Literature Festival. He is the winner of the 2012 Bihari Puraskar for his Hindi novel Dhooni Tape Teer, and author of When Arrows Were Heated Up and Travels in the Adivasi World. Meena is a former IPS officer who has previously spoken out about how his posting in the tribal and dacoit-infested areas inspired him to write novels and poems.
- Neerja Mattoo was formerly Professor of English and Head of Department of English, Govt. Women College, Srinagar, Kashmir. She is among few Kashmiri Pandit women scholars who has kept contact with the academic world in Srinagar, Kashmir in recent times. She has translated a collection of Kashmiri short stories under the title The Stranger Beside Me which has been published by UBSPD. Along with AN Dhar, she has edited a book on Bhagwan Gopi Nath. She has written on women poets of Kashmir, especially on Rupa Bhawani, and recently on Lal Ded. A writer, translator, academic and social activist, she will return to Jaipur Literature Festival in 2017.
- Sadaf Saaz is a Bangladeshi poet, activist and entrepreneur, who grew up in the UK, studying Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge. She is also co-director and producer of the Dhaka Literature Festival, where she promotes South Asian arts and culture and is a strong advocate for women’s rights. Her debut collection of poetry, Sari Dreams, was published in 2013. She has also written a series of monologues titled That Which Cannot Be Said about the Bangladeshi women’s experience, and is working on a novel.
- Robert Blackwill, writer and diplomat, isa Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Blackwill served previously as the U.S. ambassador to India and deputy national advisor at the White House. In 2016 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan Award. His latest book, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft, was published by Harvard University Press.
- Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at the School of Asian Studies, University of London. Her PhD research was on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram (1777-1852) and her main research interest is in Hindi cinema. She has written and edited several books and anthologies on the subject; her most recent book is Picture Abhi Baaki Hai: Bollywood As a Guide to Modern India.
- Dambisa Moyois a global economist and author who analyses the macro-economy and international affairs. She has been named on lists such as Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009 – the year her first book was published – GQ’s 100 Most Connected Women in 2014 and the 25 Most Influential Global Economists. Her writing regularly appears in publications such as the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. Moyo serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, Barrick Gold, SABMiller and Seagate Technology.
- Making her first appearance at Jaipur Literature Festival is Lila Azam Zanganeh who writes and lives in New York City. She grew up in Paris to Iranian parents and is fluent in seven languages. She has contributed literary articles, interviews and essays to publications including The New York Times, Le Monde, and The Paris Review. Lila Azam Zanganeh has taught Romance literature and cinema at Harvard University. Her first book, The Enchanter, was published internationally. She has just completed her second novel titled A Tale for Lovers & Madmen.
- AN Wilson is an English writer and newspaper columnist. A prolific and varied writer, his works spans satire such as The Vicar of Sorrows, historical fiction including Gentleman in England, biography and historical nonfiction such as The Victorians. His other nonfiction books include Iris Murdoch As I Knew Her, the controversial biography of Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, and The Book of the People: How to Read the Bible. He spent an year training for the priesthood before deciding to focus on his first novel The Sweets of Pimlico. He will return to JLF in 2017.
- Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul. Her recent memoir The Girl with Seven Names – A North Korean Defector’s Story, has been published in 18 languages. Over 8 million people have viewed her TED Talk about her life in North Korea, her escape to China and struggle to bring her family to freedom. Oprah described it as ‘the most riveting Ted Talk ever’. She is currently writing her second book with other female North Koreans living in South Korea and is starting an NGO, North Star NK, to help North Korean refugees improve their lives and interact with the international community.
- Vladimir Lucienis a writer from St. Lucia. His poems and criticism have appeared in The Caribbean Review of Books, PN (Poetry Nation) Review, Wasafiri, Bim Magazineand Small Axe Journal among others. Sounding Ground, his debut collection of poetry, was the overall winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.
Further information on sessions and more speakers appearing at the 10th Jaipur Literature Festival will follow over the coming weeks.