The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has announced its second list of speakers for the 13th edition, which includes names such as Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the acclaimed novel Eat, Pray, Love and journalist Dexter Filkins, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his reportage from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Other than this, celebrated culinary expert Madhur Jaffrey; Condé Nast Chairman Nicholas Coleridge as well as host of NDTV’s flagship shows: ‘Prime Time’, ‘Hum Log’ and ‘Ravish Ki Report’; author of nine books, Ravish Kumar will also enthral the audience with their exciting sessions.
The 2020 edition will also feature personalities like – activist Anuradha Bhagwati, noted Indian poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra; a journalist and author of ‘No Good Men Among the Living: America’, Anand Gopal; author of 5 books based on Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, Chechnya and Norway, Åsne Seierstad; ex-Minister of European Affairs in Portugal, Bruno Maçães; author and illustrator of ‘The Jungle Radio: Bird Songs of India’, Devangana Dash andveteran journalist, Dexter Filkins, who received the Pulitzer for covering Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The list also includes a vastly diverse mix of journalists, activists, columnists, broadcasters and poets. The eminent names include – columnist, Fintan O’Toole, author of seven books, including the bestselling ‘A Traitor’s Kiss’; Delhi-born author, Keshava Guha who writes regularly on politics, literature and sports; novelist and activist, Leïla Slimani and Lemn Sissay, who has read on stage throughout the world from the Library of Congress in the United States to the University of Addis Ababa.
The list consists of celebrated people like columnist Neelum Saran Gour, recipient of The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2018; Indian columnist Parvati Sharma, author of the historical biography titled ‘Jahangir: An Intimate Portrait of a Great Mughal’; Peter Frankopan, who was named one of the World’s 50 Top Thinkers by Prospect Magazine; Paul Muldoon ,a former BBC radio and television producer; National Book Award finalist Peter Hessler; author of nine books, including the bestselling ‘The Case’ R. Gopalakrishnan; novelist Roshan Ali, author of ‘Ib’s Endless Search for Satisfaction’; Indian academician, Shekhar Pathak; UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, who published 12 full-length collections and Mughal historian Supriya Gandhi, author of ‘The Emperor Who Never Was: Dara Shukoh in Mughal India’.