Jaipur Literature Festival heads to US too in 2015

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) After successfully establishing its brand as a free literary festival, Jaipur Literature Festival(JLF) is heading to Boulder in Colorado in 2015 to marry dynamic publishing industry of Asia and Latin America with literary luminaries of the US.

With the aim of discovering another world, the three-day festival titled “[email protected]” will be held Sep 18-20 and this brand extension would bring together Indian-American authors, Asian authors and Latin American authors to explore fluidity of language in a literary landscape.
“Publishing scene in the US is different from rest of the world, especially Commonwealth countries. This is an avenue and a platform to discover a different facet of literature,” Sanjoy Roy, managing director of Teamwork Arts and producer of the JLF, told IANS.
“We plan to have authors from India, Pakistan, China, Japan, with special focus on Latin American writing,” he added.
This news comes after the festival left its first international imprint with its day-long event as part of Alchemy, the Southbank Centre’s festival of South Asian culture, in London.
But Roy is clear that they won’t replicate the format of JLF, but some ideas will be transported to the US event.
“We are looking at aspects how different philosophies at different globe locations can resonate with each other,” he added.
Recently, the festival co-directors William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale had announced the final line-up of an impressive list of celebrities, authors and artists who would be attending the five-day literary treat from Jan 21-25, 2015.
Around 234 speakers, 117 musicians would be attending the event that includes the names of heavyweights like China-born British author Jung Chang, former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam and actor Naseeruddin Shah.
Apart from them, Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul, Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, renowned contemporary travel writer Paul Theroux, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and novelist Hanif Kureishi too would be attending the festival.