Tomorrow is your last chance to catch some of the world’s greatest minds come together under one roof to celebrate the literary arts! The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival officially kicked-off in Boulder, Colorado this Friday, and will run through Sunday, September 17. This year’s theme is all nurturing and spreading the spirit of love towards literature – a goal ZEE Entertainment finds near and dear to its heart.
The Festival, which is referred to as the “greatest literary show on earth,” may soon be coming to a close, but it is not too late to catch Sunday’s A-list line-up. Here’s your first look ZEE JLF Boulder’s Sunday panels, workshops and discussions.
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
The Colonial Enterprise
Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Anita Anand
As India celebrates 70 years of its independence from colonial rule, this session debates colonialism’s claims of benefit and development despite evidence of its fundamental nature. Shashi Tharoor, author of “An Era of Darkness”, discusses this period, and the colonial project in its larger scope and impact, as well as the lingering effects of colonization that persist even today.
On Cultural Appropriation
Anne Hillerman, Jovan Mays, Saikat Majumdar, Stephen Graham Jones, and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Laird Hunt
Can writers and artists become whomsoever they want to be? Or are they morally bound to write about where they belong and what they know, understand and can substantiate? Is the rooted imagination truer than the borrowed one? The values of empathy can outweigh identity thefts and exotic stereotyping. A crucial session that debates who holds the copyright on authenticity across geographies and cultural landscapes.
Words Are All We Have
Eleni Sikelianos, Kanishk Tharoor, and Paulo Lemos Horta in conversation with Namita Gokhale
Two writers, a poet and a translator speak about ways of seeing and recording, and how they navigate words across countries and cultures. Eleni Sikelianos is a poet and author of two hybrid memoirs, Kanishk Tharoor is a journalist, critic and writer, and Paulo Lemos Horta, a scholar of world literature, in conversation with writer and Festival Director, Namita Gokhale.
Workshop: Flight Fancy, Public Works Puppet Theatre
Using masks and puppets to create a magical, cartoon-like world inside of a biodome, this workshop spins a tale of wonder when a puffin and a girl become unlikely friends and break loose into a night of adventure. Suitable for all ages. Sondra Blanchard, Creative Director, Public Works Puppet Theater.
1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Kohinoor: The World’s Most Infamous Diamond
Anita Anand and William Dalrymple in conversation
The Kohinoor is the world’s most famous diamond but its history is shrouded in mystery. Now, using previously untranslated Sanskrit, Persian and Urdu sources along with the high-tech discoveries of modern gemologists, Anita Anand and William Dalrymple blow away the legends to reveal a true history stranger, and more violent, than any fiction. “Kohinoor” reveals previously unknown moments in the history of a diamond that is now locked in the Tower of London where it continues to arouse passions as India, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Taliban all claim it as a national treasure and demand its return.
The Evening Road
Laird Hunt in conversation with Arsen Kashkashian
Celebrated Boulder writer and academic Laird Hunt returns to the Festival with his acclaimed new novel, “The Evening Road”. In conversation with Arsen Kashkashian, he speaks on his craft, the crucial themes that inform his work across intersecting genres, and the bloody conflicts of class and race.
The Great Outdoors
David Baron, John Huston, and Odd Harald Hauge in conversation with Irene Vilar
In the age of the Anthropocene, the great outdoors are a reminder of the true natural balance of our planet. Environmental author David Baron, polar explorer John Huston, and writer and adventurer Odd Harald Hauge speak of the lure of nature and the call of the great outdoors with Irene Vilar.
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Between the Lines
Michael Rezendes and Suki Kim in conversation with Kanishk Tharoor
A riveting conversation about journalism. Novelist and investigative journalist Suki Kim, author of the award winning novel “The Interpreter” and New York Times best-selling literary nonfiction “Without You There is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite” alongside journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Rezendes, hailed for his investigative work for The Boston Globe, speak with writer and journalist Kanishk Tharoor on immersive journalism, the experiences that have shaped their life and writings, the lines between fiction and nonfiction, and the power of words.
Orientations: Writing Sexuality
Amber Cantorna, Anosh Irani, Crisosto Apache, Janice Gould, and Minal Hajratwala in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
As gender identities and roles become even more fluid, the LGBT community continues to face hostility and discrimination around the world. A session of ideas and critiques, poetry and prose readings on writing sexuality.
American War: Dreams and Dystopias
Omar El Akkad in conversation with Kayhan Irani
What might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself? Journalist and writer Omar El Akkad, author of the perturbing dystopian novel “American War”, takes us down the potential new reality of an America ravaged by Civil War, scarce resources, and tyrannical means of rule. A disquieting session with El Akkad and writer and activist Kayhan Irani.
Workshop: When the Lions Speak
At a very young age Jovan Mays learned the importance of being a historian of his own ancestry. In this multifaceted workshop we will dive into the power of using history as a tool to channel creativity, cultivate a deeper sense of identity, and most of all continue the prominence of the oral tradition. We will investigate the forever undulating stories of our antiquity that always seem to call us, the methods we can use to bring them into a modern context, and ensure that they don’t get washed away like so many other tales of our ancestral past. We ask that attendees be cued with the expectation to do the writing and self-exploration.
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The Girl From Aleppo
Christina Lamb in conversation with Ishaan Tharoor
Christina Lamb is author of ”The Africa House” and ”I Am Malala,”co- authored with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. In conversation with journalist Ishaan Tharoor, she talks of her time reporting on conflict zones, including Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, her latest book “The Girl from Aleppo,” and how her experiences have influenced her works and writings.
The Glass Cage: How Computers Are Changing Us
Nicholas Carr introduced by Maeve Conran
Nicholas Carr, best-selling author on technology, business and culture, explores how the personal and social consequences of our ever-growing dependency on computer technology are reshaping jobs and lifestyles. Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore the links between work, satisfaction and happiness, he raises alarms about how our technology besotted times could leave us discontented, disengaged and redundant.
Presented by ZEE IS GREEN – In Denial: Climate Change and Justice
John Huston, Marcus Moench, and Odd Harald Hauge in conversation with Jeanine M. Canty
With the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, skeptics have dismissed global alerts on human-made warming. While carbon intensive economies dictate policies that impact our shared planet, environmentalists struggle for strategies to reverse environmental damage and sensitize people about it. A crucial session on climate change, urbanization, social justice and water resources across borders and cultures.
To view the entire ZEE JLF Boulder 2017 schedule, click here.
For tickets and/or more information, visit www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder/