India’s Jaipur Literature Festival Heads for Three US Cities

In News by Porter Anderson

Stops in the states of Texas, Colorado, and New York are planned for the Jaipur Literature Festival’s international tour in September.

Indian cuisine specialist Madhur Jaffery speaks in the 2020 iteration of the Jaipur Literature Festival at its base in Rajasthan. Image: JLF

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

As in the past, India’s Jaipur Literature Festival—a public-facing event—is making a tour from Rajasthan to three markets of the United States in September.

  • The programming starts on September 12 and 13 in New York City.
  • Then the program is in Houston, September 15 to 17, for its sixth edition there.
  • Finally, the Jaipur Literature Festival plays Boulder, September 21 to 23.

In New York, this will be the program’s seventh visit, and venues are to include the Asia Society, the National Arts Club, the Center for Fiction, and Sundaram Tagore Gallery. The producer of the tour as well as the homebase festival in Rajasthan is Teamwork Arts, which has made a three-decade specialty of traveling Indian cultural events, not only to the United States but also to the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, the Maldives, and parts of Europe.

This time, the Booker Prize for Fiction-winning author Howard Jacobson is a headliner, appearing in conversation with Teamwork Arts’ managing director Sanjoy K. Roy.

Roy will also be onstage talking with Indian cuisine specialist Madhur Jaffrey.

Another event is titled Art in the Time of War: From Ukraine to Palestine and will engage the Emmy-nominated Molly Crabapple and Democracy Now! television host Nermeen Shaikh.

In conversation with author and journalist Seema Sirohi, the politician and author Shashi Tharoor wis expected to navigate the tensions and harmonies within the paradoxes of India.

In a focus on Tibetan culture and spiritual practices, the festival’s co-director and author, Namita Gokhale will be joined on a panel by:

  • Dominique Townsend, author of A Buddhist Sensibility: Aesthetic Education at Tibet’s Mindröling Monastery
  • Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, author of poetry collections including My Rice Tastes Like the Lake and the nonfiction Coming Home to Tibet
  • Tenzin Dickie, translator, editor and writer of Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty One Short Stories from Tibet

The politician and author Sashi Tharoor is to speak with journalist Seema Sirohi during the New York City events in the Jaipur Literature Festival’s US tour stops. Image: JLF

Full information on the New York events is here, and both in-person and live-streaming access is offered. Note that there are ticket charges for the events, relative to your preferences in purchasing, most at US$10 or less.

More information on the Houston booking in mid-September is here. There, the program will be making its sixth appearance and will be partnering with the Asia Society Texas Center, InPrint, the University of Houston, the Rothko Chapel, and the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston.

And more on the Boulder events on the third and final stop of the US tour is here. In that case, the program will have an emphasis on “feminism, the environment, national and international politics, racial equality, discrimination, entertainment, and fiction.” Production partners in that case include the Boulder Public Library, the City of Boulder, the Boulder Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Commission on Human Relations.

In India, the Jaipur Literature Festival earlier this year staged its 16th edition, in a hybrid format of both in-person and digital events.

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Indian market is here, more from us on the Jaipur Literature Festival is here, and more on public-facing literary festivals is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.