Referred to as “the greatest literary show on Earth,” the highly-anticipated Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), sponsored by ZEE Entertainment, will be returning to Boulder, Colorado for the third year in a row. The three-day extravaganza, which celebrates literature from all over the world, will be held at the Boulder Public Library from September 15th through September 18th
Featuring internationally-recognized guests from across the globe, ZEE JLF at Boulder promises to be an event unlike any other. ZEE JLF, which originated in India 10 years ago, examines the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors from across the globe.
This year, ZEE JLF Boulder will be bigger than ever before. There are a number of panels and nearly 70 guest speakers over the course of three days. Here’s a sneak peek at some of this year’s most anticipated panels.
Neighbors in Arms: The Pressler Amendment
Saturday, September 16 at 10:45 a.m.
Larry Pressler and Shashi Tharoor: In conversation with John Elliott
This fascinating session, co-led by former Senator and U.S. Rep Larry Pressler, will explore a significant chapter in the history of global nuclear politics, giving the audience an exclusive behind-the-scene look at the deliberations between the United States and its neighbors in arms. Pressler will be moderating alongside Indian politician Shashi Tharoor. Tharoor is an Indian parliamentarian and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala since 2009. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and All India Professionals Congress of the Indian National Congress.
Both Pressler and Tharoor will be joined in conversation with journalist John Elliott. Elliott is a British journalist based in New Delhi. He has been covering South Asia for more than 20 years and writes a current affairs blog, Riding the Elephant.
ZEE JLF will be the first time Pressler, Tharoor and Elliot take stage together in what promises to be a thoughtful discussion from three unique perspectives.
All the World’s a Stage
Saturday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Ami Dayan, Anosh Irani, Kayhan Irani, and Mukund Padmanabhan: In conversation with
Sanjoy K. Roy
This Saturday panel will take a close look at the discipline and practice of theater and the live arts across cultures and continents. Led by Ami Dayan, a Boulder based Israeli-American playwright, director, actor, and instructor; Anosh Irani, an Indian-Canadian novelist and playwright; Kayhan Irani, an Emmy-award winning writer, a producer; and Mukund Padmanabhan, Editor at The Hindu, this one-of-a-kind session speaks about the essence of performance and stagecraft across the globe.
These names will be joined by Sanjoy K. Roy, longtime producer of Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. Roy is the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across 40 cities in countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and the U.S.. He has also produced and directed over 1000 hours of TV and film. He is a founder trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust, working to provide support services for street and working children in the inner city of Delhi where over 55,000 children have benefitted from education, training and residential services.. The White House recently presented him the U.S. President’s Committee of Arts and Humanities Award for an international organization. He serves as an advisor for the arts and diversity for numerous government and non-governmental organisations across the world.
The Great Outdoors
Sunday, September 16 at 1:15 p.m.
David Baron, John Huston and Odd Harald Hauge: In conversation with Irene Vilar
The panel takes a deep dive into the great outdoors, which serves as a reminder of the true natural balance of the planet we call home. Co-led by David Baron, John Huston and Odd Harald Hauge, this session speaks of the lure of nature and the call of the great outdoors. Baron a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent his 30-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environment correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston’s WBUR and health and science editor for PRI’s The World. Joined with Huston, a polar explorer, and Odd Harald Hauge, a writer and adventurer, this trio offers a true insider’s perspective.
These names will be joined by Irene Vilar, an American editor, literary agent and author of several books dealing with national and generational trauma and women’s reproductive rights.
The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly-acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally, and is produced by Sanjoy K. Roy. In 2014, ZEE JLF spread its wings beyond the borders of India with an annual event in May in London, England. In 2015, it headed across the pond to Boulder, Colorado for the first time.
For tickets and/or more information, visit www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org.