Jaipur Lit Festival Expands to Colorado, Marginalized Americans

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Jaipur LIterature Festival Colorado

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will host 3 days of events in Boulder, Colorado this September 18-20 focusing on Native American, Latino lit and more.

Earlier this month the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, which dubs itself “the world’s largest free literary festival,” announced it is extending its reach and will host 3 days of events in Boulder, Colorado this September 18-20. The event aims to position itself as different from existing festivals insofar as it will focus on Native American, Latino, African American, Asian American and regional literature.

The press release as follows:

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, Morroccan-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.

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.