Jaipur Literature Festival 2024: Celebrating 17 Years of Literary Exploration
Under the theme of 'Stories Unite Us,' the upcoming edition of the festival will explore the transformative power of literature, its reflection of society, and its capacity to bring people together.
The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), now in its 17th year, is set to unite a diverse global community of writers, thinkers, and speakers in a celebration of literature and thought-provoking ideas. Organized by Teamwork Arts, the JLF 2024 is scheduled to take place from February 1st to 5th, 2024, at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur.
Just as in previous editions, the festival will embrace linguistic diversity, featuring a wide array of languages in its program. Sessions will focus on literary works in languages including Assamese, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, and more.
Under the theme of 'Stories Unite Us,' the upcoming edition of the festival will explore the transformative power of literature, its reflection of society, and its capacity to bring people together. The JLF remains committed to its core values, serving as a democratic and inclusive platform that fosters freedom of speech through diverse conversations, featuring over 300 speakers across four venues.
The initial lineup of 25 speakers includes Indian author, columnist, screenwriter, television personality, cartoonist, and motivational speaker Anand Neelakantan; award-winning British journalist and author of "Superior: The Return of Race Science," Angela Saini; acclaimed Assamese author and journalist Anuradha Sarma Pujari; renowned Tamil and Malayalam language writer and literary critic B. Jeyamohan; British reviewer, columnist, and author of "Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle," Ben Macintyre; leading Indian art historian and academic B.N. Goswamy; award-winning author and academic Brian A. Catlos; award-winning playwright, author, and Broadway actress Catherine Ann Jones; and award-winning Australian historian, author, broadcaster, and public commentator Clare Wright.
The speaker list also features Debra Diamond, the Elizabeth Moynihan Curator of South Asian and Southeast Asian Art at the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution; debut novelist Devika Rege; best-selling American author Jeff Goodell; prize-winning broadcaster, curator, and author Jerry Brotton; writer and translator Kalpana Raina; classicist and author Mary Beard; acclaimed Hindi novelist Mridula Garg; Co-founder and Co-CEO of Archie Comics Publications, Nancy Silberkleit; award-winning author Nilanjana S. Roy; award-winning journalist Patrick Radden Keefe; Indian journalist and novelist Raj Kamal Jha; former DG of CSIR and President of Indian National Science Academy, R.A. Mashelkar; author Siddarth Shrikanth; former Chief Justice S. Muralidhar; and award-winning historian Tom Holland.
Namita Gokhale, Co-Director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, expressed excitement about the event, noting that the 2024 edition will bring together a diverse range of speakers and performers to engage in a plethora of literary discussions, debates, and performances.
Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, emphasized the festival's focus on Indian literature and the celebration of diverse voices, featuring prominent authors such as Mridula Garg, Anuradha Sarma Pujari, B. Jeyamohan, Anand Neelakantan, and Kalpana Raina, along with international writers like Mary Beard, Colin Thubron, and Tom Holland.
The Jaipur Literature Festival will also include Jaipur BookMark (JBM), its B2B arm in its 10th edition, and the Jaipur Music Stage, running parallel to the festival. Registration and access to the festival will be available starting from INR 200 per day, and attendees can opt for "Friend of the Festival" packages for an enhanced festival experience.