Jaipur Literature Festival’s 1st US event in Colorado

Nearly a decade after its inception, The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival is heading to Boulder, Colorado on Sept. 18-20 to host their first-ever U.S. event for three days of books, ideas, performance art, dialogue and debate on contemporary issues.

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.

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Scheduled to be held at the Boulder Public Library and Civic Lawns, the festival has lined up lead-up activities at the Boulder Public Library, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Naropa University, the Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum besides other venues.

“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,” organisers said.

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 PamukJ.M. CoetzeeJohn BerendtKIran DesaiChristopher HamptonIan McEwanVikram SethWole Soyinka, Salman Rushdie, Pico IyerSimon SchamaThomas KeneallyHanif KureishiVikram ChandraMichael FraynStephen FrearsAlexander McCall SmithDonna TarttTina BrownShashi TharoorMohammed HanifPaul 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.

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