JLF reveals fifth list of speakers for 10th edition of event in year 2017

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 15 November 2016, 11:31 PM
JLF reveals fifth list of speakers for 10th edition
JLF reveals fifth list of speakers for 10th edition

Jaipur Literature Festival on Tuesday revealed the fifth list of 10 speakers set to appear at the 10th edition of the event in the year 2017.

Touted as the world's largest free literary event, the festival is expected see participation by over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons, with a special focus on world literatures.

"To celebrate its 10 years, organisers have decided to announce 10 speakers set to appear at the festival every week over the period of 10 weeks every Tuesday at 6 pm starting today," organisers said.

The latest list is a diverse lineup of speakers from across the globe including translator and author Arshia Sattar, internationally acclaimed economist Sanjeev Sanyal, award winning Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson, British novelist Adam Thirlwell and British archaeologist and academic Barry Cunliffe among others.

Emma Sky, a British expert on the Middle East and Guillermo Rodriguez, an active promoter of Indo-Spanish cultural relations will be debuting at the festival.

"A passionate traveller, he lived in India in the 1990s and specialised in Indian literary criticism and modern Indian poetry in English, obtaining a PhD in English from the University of Kerala and the University of Valladolid.

"He has published critical works on Indian literature and culture in India, Spain, France, Germany and Poland, and is the author of When Mirrors Are Windows: A View of AK Ramanujan's Poetics," organisers said.

Chief bookseller at the Elliott Bay Book Company Rick Simonson who has been attending JLF since 2010, will return to the festival along with Philip A Lutgendorf, a Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa and British historian and journalist John Keay.

The five-day-long festival will be held from January 19 - 23, 2017 at the Diggi Palace hotel in Jaipur.