Jaipur Literature Festival Announces its First-Ever U.S. Event

The world's largest free literary festival comes to Boulder in September for three days of books and ideas, performance art, dialogue and debate on today's trending topics

Jul 09, 2015, 06:00 ET from Jaipur Literature Festival from ,Teamwork Arts

BOULDER, Colo., July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literary festival, travels to Boulder, Colorado Sept. 18-20 to host their first-ever U.S. event, the Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder (JLF@Boulder).

JLF@Boulder will feature more than 100 notable writers, thinkers, poets and performers in a three-day edition of what has been declared "the greatest literary show on earth." There will also be a number of events leading up to the three-day festival.

"We at JLF are looking forward to a stimulating and inspirational edition in beautiful Boulder, Colorado," said Namita Gokhale, author and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Boulder is known for its highly educated, professional population of more than 100,000; for its deep interest and leadership in social, technical and environmental innovation and for fitness and natural health and healing.

Some of the speakers confirmed for the festival include international best-selling author Jung Chang, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Moroccan-American essayist and novelist Laila Lalami, Israeli journalist, political commentator and author Gideon Levy, Chinese-American best-selling author Anchee Min, and journalist, historian and award-winning author Simon Sebag-Montefiore. The updated list of speakers for JLF@Boulder can be viewed here.

"Boulder is a long way from Jaipur, and we are proud to erect our literary 'Big Top' in town and to bring the energy, sparkle and brilliance of Indian writing to a very different world," said William Dalrymple, author and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

The program for JLF@Boulder will consist of interviews and panel discussions, along with audience Q&A, addressing timely themes of local and international importance each led by two to four authors. Themes will cover diverse subjects including migration; politics and conflict; environmental concerns like fracking, famine and water conservation; the poetic imagination and Native American voices.

JLF@Boulder will include a focus on Native American, Latino, African American, Asian American and regional literature. The festival will bring together Indian-American, Asian and Latin American authors to explore a variety of literary topics and themes of local and international interest.

The Festival will be held Sept. 18-20 at the Boulder Public Library and Civic Lawns (1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO). A week of lead-up activities is also scheduled at the Boulder Public Library, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Naropa University, the Denver Public Library, the Denver Art Museum and other venues. For more information, please visit: http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder.

Founded in 2008, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is co-directed by authors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, and is produced by Sanjoy Roy and Teamwork Arts, a pioneer in the performing arts space.

About the Jaipur Literature Festival
The Jaipur Literature Festival is the world's largest free literary festival, celebrating national and international writers, and encompassing a range of interests spanning film, music and theatre. The festival has hosted world renowned authors including Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, John Berendt, Kiran Desai, Christopher Hampton, Ian McEwan, Vikram Seth, Wole Soyinka, Salman Rushdie, Pico Iyer, Simon Schama, Thomas Keneally, Hanif Kureishi, Vikram Chandra, Michael Frayn, Stephen Frears, Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Tartt, Tina Brown, Shashi Tharoor, Mohammed Hanif, Paul Zacharia, among many others. The directors of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival are William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale and it is produced by Sanjoy K. Roy and Sheuli Sethi of Teamwork Arts. The festival's Title Sponsor is ZEE Entertainment.


About Teamwork Arts
For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India. Each year, Teamwork Arts produces 24 performing, visual arts and literary festivals across 14 countries, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK and USA. Teamwork produces one of the world's largest free literary gatherings, the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, Eye On India in the United States and India by the Bay in Hong Kong, and many more.



SOURCE Jaipur Literature Festival; Teamwork Arts