The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to host a world-class cast of literary stars for dialogue, discussion and debate at ZEE JLF 2015

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to host a world-class cast of literary stars for

dialogue, discussion and debate at ZEE JLF 2015

– Literary heavyweights and debut novelists to share the stage in Jaipur –

– Jaipur BookMark returns following a triumphant debut in the last edition-

– Unique and diverse range of Indian and global languages present at the Festival –

– Press Registration opens today –


MUMBAI, September 10, 2014 – The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, today announced the first line up of 77 authors set to participate in the 2015 event.

Taking place from 21-25 January 2015 at the historic Diggi Palace, Jaipur, the eighth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will see Nobel Laureate Sir. V. S. Naipaul, 2013 Man Book Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi and celebrated American travel writer Paul Theroux take center-stage along with some of India’s leading authors, including prominent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh, current Man Booker Prize nominee Neel Mukherjee, best-selling novelist Amish Tripathi and celebrated author and translator Arshia Sattar, as well as internationally loved German children’s author Cornelia Funke.


The 2015 Festival will have a number of themes running through the various sessions and panel discussions on all the five days. There will be a strong emphasis on poetry, as well as celebrating South Asia through all genres of writing and a particular strand of sessions which will showcase and celebrate the rich literature of the Seven Sister States of North-East India. Following on from the popular theme of Crime and Punishment at last year’s ZEE JLF, this January’s festival will look at writing associated with The Seven Deadly Sins, as well as continuing a second strand of the celebrated Women Uninterrupted series.

After its successful debut at the 2014 Festival, the Jaipur BookMark will return for a second edition, taking place at Narain Niwas on 21 and 22 January 2015. The b2b platform is a place for the global publishing community to come together and discuss issues and challenges faced by the industry, as well as India’s rapidly changing digital and print publishing landscape.


The Festival will once again champion Indian language literature with the great Hindi writer Vinod Kumar Shukla, Bangla writer Sangeeta Bandopadhyay, Marathi Dalit woman writer Urmila Pawar, and the towering figure of dramatist Girish Karnad all scheduled to attend. So far the programme includes Hindi, Urdu, Rajasthani, Marathi, Manipuri, Kannadiga, Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit, Punjabi and Pali writers with more to be announced soon. The diversity of voices and breadth of Indian and international languages found at the Festival is unique amongst literary festivals in India and across the world.


Namita Gokhale, writer and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival has become one of the wonders of the thinking world. A platform for collective creativity and individual understanding, it emphasizes both global and local perspectives to make sense of our changing times. The 2015 edition will continue to nurture books, ideas and dialogue, and showcase the range and diversity of South Asian literature as well as the best in international writing.”

William Dalrymple, writer and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “This may well be one of the strongest international lists we’ve ever fielded at Jaipur with several writers I’ve been chasing for almost a decade – for example Nicholson Baker, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Elizabeth Gilbert, Paul Theroux, Eleanor Catton, Kate Summerscale and Alberto Manguel – finally agreeing to come and star at Diggi. Major themes include the meltdown in the Middle East and Afpak, spies, historical fiction, alternative sexualities, memoir writing, cricket writing, as well as writing about politics, pirates, natural history and the life cycle of the humble honey bee! I can’t wait- it’s going to be our best year yet.”

Sanjoy K. Roy, producer of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “Once again ZEE JLF will bring the best minds from across the globe to Jaipur for one of the greatest literary gatherings! The Festival has grown year on year and last year welcomed over 2.5 lakh booklovers to the Pink City.”


Public and Press Registration for the 2015 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is now open. Registration is compulsory for all visitors.

Registration can be found here:


The 77 authors announced to participate in the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival are below. More participants will be announced over the next months leading up to the Festival.


  1. Adam LeBor
  2. Ahmed Rashid
  3. Akhil Sharma
  4. Alberto Manguel
  5. Alexander Kozlov
  6. Alexis Wright
  7. Ali Cobby Eckerman
  8. Amish Tripathi
  9. Amrita Tripathi
  10. Anatole Lieven
  11. Arshia Sattar
  12. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
  13. Ashwin Sanghi
  14. Bettany Hughes
  15. Charles Glass
  16. Chetan Bhagat
  17. Christina Lamb
  18. Christos Tsiolkas
  19. Clare Wright
  20. Cornelia Funke
  21. Damon Galgut
  22. Daud Ali
  23. Deepti Kapoor
  24. Devdutt Pattanaik
  25. Eleanor Catton
  26. Elizabeth Gilbert
  27. Esther David
  28. Fady Joudah
  29. Gilbert King
  30. Girish Karnad
  31. Hanif Kureishi
  32. Helon Habila
  33. Jorie Graham
  34. Kalyan Ray
  35. Kate Summerscale
  36. Kedarnath Singh
  37. Kevin Powers
  38. Laila Lalami
  39. Linda Colley
  40. Mahua Manjhi
  41. Maria Chaudhuri
  42. Mark Gevisser
  43. Mark Haddon
  44. Meena Kandasamy
  45. Mihir Sharma
  46. Molly Aitken
  47. Narayana Murthy
  48. Nasreen Munni Kabir
  49. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  50. Navtej Sarna
  51. Neel Mukherjee
  52. Nicholson Baker
  53. Paul Theroux
  54. Peter Bergen
  55. Peter Frankopan
  56. Peter M. Sacks
  57. Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Burman
  58. Prashant Jha
  59. Raj Kamal Jha
  60. Rajdeep Sardesai
  61. Rakshanda Jalil
  62. Rohan Murty
  63. Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi
  64. Sahar Delijani
  65. Salima Hashmi
  66. Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
  67. Sheldon Pollock
  68. Simon Armitage
  69. Somy Roy
  70. Sudha Murthy
  71. Sushama Deshpande
  72. Tom Holland
  73. Tshering Tashi
  74. Urmila Pawar
  75. V.S. Naipaul
  76. Vijay Seshadri
  77. Vinod Kumar Shukla


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About The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free literary festival, celebrating national and international writers, and encompassing a range of interests including film, music and theatre. The festival has already hosted some of the best-known national and international writers 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, Anoushka Shankar, 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 the festival is produced by Sanjoy K. Roy and Sheuli Sethi of Teamwork Productions. The Festival’s Title Sponsor is ZEE Entertainment.



About Teamwork Arts

The Indian arts management company, for India and the world.

The arts of India are unrivalled in their depth, diversity and mystery. To showcase this work to diverse audiences requires a deep understanding of our arts, an acute sense of relevance in programming, and an unflinching attention to organizational detail. Above all, respect and love for the artist.

For over 24 years, Teamwork has presented the finest of Indian performers, writers and visual artists to the world and our very own loved nation. Every year, we produce 21 performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals in 11 countries, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and USA.

Teamwork produces Asia’s biggest literary gathering – the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival – as well as the Hay Festival in Kerala. Going Solo International Theatre Festival, World Sacred Music Festival, Concert For Freedom, Mehrauli Fringe Festival, Food & Literature Festival as well as festivals in Sweden and Turkey are the new and upcoming festivals for 2013-2014.



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