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Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 begins on spirited note, Nobel Laureate Abhijit to be star speaker

Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 begins on spirited note, Nobel Laureate Abhijit to be star speaker

Jaipur, Jan 23 (UNI) The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2020, considered one of the biggest literary events in the world, kickstarted here on Thursday, captivating some of the most renowned litterateurs and book lovers alike, while the star presence of Nobel Laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was set to make the event awe-inspiring.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said this was a perfect opportunity for the intellectuals to do their 'Mann ki Baat', while contemplating on the stuff being printed nowadays, under the garb of literature.

For one last time, the historic 19th-century Diggi Palace will host the 13th edition of JLF, with the extravaganza set to move to another location within the city next year.

According to organisors, the JLF will be held from January 23 to 27, with over 500 speakers and performers representing around 15 Indian and 35 international languages and over 30 nationalities, as well as major literary awards, ranging from the Nobel, the Man Booker, the Pulitzer, the Sahitya Akademi, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Commonwealth Book Prize.

On the list are some of the world's best thinkers and writers: Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Man-Booker-winner Howard Jacobson, author of over 16 novels; Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Ravish Kumar; well-known and intrepid TV anchor, journalist and writer and Ruchira Gupta, Emmy-winning journalist and activist.

Besides, the accomplished list includes a host of Pulitzer recipients, including Forrest Gander, eminent translator and author; author Paul Muldoon and Stephen Greenblatt, author of 14 books.

The 2020 line-up continues with a long list of Sahitya Akademi winners, which includes Hindi poet and critic Ashok Vajpeyi, author of 30 books of poetry and criticism published in Hindi; versatile writer Chitra Mudgal; poet and novelist Keki N Daruwalla, author of 12 poetry volumes; and poet, cultural theorist and curator Ranjit Hoskote.

In a session focused on fiction, five of the world’s celebrated novelists— Elizabeth Gilbert, Leila Slimani, Avni Doshi, John Lancaster and Howard Jacobson -- share their insights on the art of the novel with Damian Barr.

The Festival will also include various sessions with a focus on climate change.

One of the sessions will feature eminent writers and environmentalists in conversation with journalist Jeffrey Gettleman, as they discuss 'our responsibility towards the Earth and what it means to act for the planet'. The panel will be graced by celebrated authors Martin Goodman; politician, economist and environmentalist Jairam Ramesh and journalist David Wallace-Wells.

These include speakers of Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nagami, Oriya, Prakrit, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Santhali, Tamil and Urdu speakers.

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