Since its launch in 2006, the Jaipur Literature Festival has grown to become one of the largest lit-fests on the planet as well as India’s leading literature exposition. Scheduled to take place in the legendary pink city from January 17 to 21, 2014, this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival looks set to break all its previous records.
SCalled the lifeblood of India’s literature, art and publishing scene, this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival has a line-up of 139 world class speakers including some of the world’s leading Pulitzer and Man Booker prize winners. The festival attracts some two million visitors from across India, the South Asian region as well as from around the world.
The Jaipur Literature Festival provides a great opportunity for authors, literature fans, academics as well as publishers to interact and be part of the global literary movement.
The festival has established itself as a heavyweight on the global publishing industry calendar.
Public interest in the Jaipur Literature Festival has grown incrementally over the years and this is not just restricted to literary circles. This year, a number of glitterati have announced that they will be making appearances at the festival. Notable celebrities coming include: Jhumpa Lahiri, Jerry Pinto, Amish Tripathi, actor Rupert Evert, theater legend Irrfan Khan and sports personality Mar Kom.
As part of the festivities this year, there is a special section called the Jaipur Bookmark. The Jaipur Bookmark will target publishers, agents, right-holders and content producers and will provide them with the necessary impetus to increase the volume of India’s literature output. Furthermore as part of the Jaipur Bookmark, there will be special sessions on managing, developing and distributing e-books and digital content originating from India.
As usual, the Jaipur Literature Festival will be accompanied by musical and traditional art performances. Venues for this year’s festival include the Diggi Palace Hotel as well as the Char Bagh and the Clarks Amer Lawns in Jaipur.
Organizers of the Jaipur Literature Festival are hoping that with the influx of book lovers and with increased global interest, this year’s festival will become the world’s largest free literature festival.