Jaipur Literature Festival comes to Big Apple, with JLF at New York

The September 19-20 event is hosted in association with Asia Society and Museum, and the Consulate General of India.

India’s iconic Jaipur Literature Festival is coming to New York for the first time. JLF at New York will be held at New York Asia Society on September 19 and 21, and it will feature, besides local literary figures, writers from around the world.

“The New York event will present a rich showcase of South Asia’s literary and oral heritage, with internationally acclaimed authors and thinkers taking part in a range of provocative panels and debates about ideas and issues that resonate with our times,” according to a press release from the organizers.

The New York festival is part of similar events in the United States under the umbrella “JLF in the USA.” Other events include JLF at Houston on September 14-15 and ZEE JLF at Boulder on September 21-23.

Speakers at JLF at New York will include Alia Malek, Gauri Viswanathan, James Shapiro, Kanishk Tharoor, Kayhan Irani, Martin Puchner, Molly Emma Aitken, Namita Gokhale, Navina Haidar, Navtej Sarna, Preti Taneja, Ross Perlin, Ruchira Gupta, Sandeep Jauhar, Sharad Paul, Shashi Tharoor, Tunku Varadarajan, William Dalrymple and Zila Khan.

The event in New York is hosted by Teamwork Arts, in partnership with Asia Society and Museum, the Consulate General of India in New York and the South Asia Institute at Columbia University. This will be the first time that Asia Society will host the festival in New York City.

Following are some of the talks at the festival:

Imagining Our Worlds: Inaugural address by Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple, Navtej Sarna and Sanjoy K. Roy

Medical Narratives: The Pulse of the Story with Sandeep Jauhar and Sharad Paul

India Sutra: Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Tunku Varadarajan

Navtej Sarna and Willam Dalrymple on the mystery of the Kohinoor diamond

Shakespeare: The Year of Lear with James Shapiro and Preti Taneja in conversation, introduction by Gauri Viswanathan

The Written World: Martin Puchner introduced by William Dalrymple

The Intelligence of Tradition: Molly Emma Aitken and Navina Haidar in conversation with William Dalrymple

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