Jaipur Literature Festival Reads through Asia Feb 24-28

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Jaipur-Literature-FestivalThe Jaipur Literature Festival is here again! Deemed as one of the biggest literature festivals in Asia, JLF will be held in the lawns and halls of Diggi Palace Hotel from the 24th-28th of February. With authors from all across the glove scheduled to appear on stage and hold sessions, the festival continues to maintain its international flavour.

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Readings, discussions, screenings, interviews and interactive sessions are all lined up, with delegates having the option of buying books and getting them signed by the authors during the course of the festival. From mainstream literature, the festival this time will also include personalities from and discussions on the world of art, cinema and journalism.

All time favourites Gulzar, William Dalrymple and Javed Akhtar shall be in attendance, as will Shashi Tharoor and Mohammad Hanif. Several Booker prize and Orange prize nominees and winners will also be present.

Watch out for ‘Yaad Sheher Jaipur…the City of Memory’ by Neelesh Misra, ‘The Origins of Sex’ with Faramerz Dabhoiwala and William Dalrymple, ‘Bollywood and National Narrative’ by Javed Akhtar, ‘Sex and Sensibility: Women in Cinema’ with Shabana Azmi, Prasoon Joshi and Sanjoy Roy, ‘Punjabi by Nature’ by Shauna Singh Baldwin and an evening with Sharmila Tagore among others. A variety of themes will thus be in focus, with experts to present their views on a wide range of issues and topics.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films the festival has a special session featuring Sebastian Faulks, who wrote the latest book in the franchise, Devil May Care, and Ian Fleming’s biographer Andrew Lycett.

Cultural performances are planned for every evening, with local artists collaborating with mainstream singers to make beautiful music at The Clarks Amer Lawns. Things will get even more interesting with a cricket match scheduled to be played between the Rajasthan Royals and the visitng authors on the 23rd of february.