The annual Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has announced the much-awaited first list of speakers for its 13th edition, which will take place from 23-27 January, 2020 at the historic, Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the JLF is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe.
The Festival’s core values remain unchanged: to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access. A true champion of literary and artistic traditions and democratic discourse, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue, and promotes, above all, a love for literature.
The first list of 25 speakers released recently includes – Anand Neelakantan, Anosh Irani, Asma Khan, Brian Aivars Catlos, Chitra Mudgal, Frank Dikötter, Hallie Rubenhold, Howard Jacobson, Jung Chang, Keki N. Daruwalla, Kent Nerburn, KR Meera. The list continues with Kunal Basu, Maaza Mengiste, Marcus du Sautoy, Mishi Saran, Nilanjana S. Roy and Om Swami. They are joined by Raj Kamal Jha, Sara Rai, Stephen Greenblatt, Shubha Mudgal, Suketu Mehta and Vishal Bhardwaj.
So mark your calendars and plan your travel itineraries now!