ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Program and Event Highlights

Image courtesy of Zee Jaipur Literature Festival Boulder

The third year of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (ZEE JLF) in Boulder will bring more than 70 authors from around the world to explore today’s hot topics while engaging the community in essential dialogue.

Thought leaders from throughout the world will discuss and debate key issues of interest in 40 sessions throughout three days. Programs will appeal to a wide audience of ages and interests, and are free and open to the public.

Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, organizer for ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Photo courtesy of ZEE JLF.

Highlights include:

  • Fri. 4:15-5:15pm-The Beat Generation- The Beat Generation, which rose to prominence in America in the post-war era, inspired a culture of nonconformity and social revolution. The radical poets, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, embodied personal freedom and nonconformity. Their fellow poet, the iconic Anne Waldman, in conversation with poet and translator Andrew Schelling, reads, resurrects, deconstructs and declaims poetry and inspirations from The Beat Generation.
  • Fri. 5:30-6:30pmSlumdog Millionaire- Diplomat Vikas Swarup’s first novel “Q&A” went on to become the runaway hit film “Slumdog Millionaire” that won eight Academy Awards in 2009. Currently the Indian Ambassador to Canada, Swarup speaks about his books, his life and learnings, and his travels during his tenure as an Indian diplomat, in conversation with journalist Namita Bhandare.
  • Sat. 12-1pm Spotlight- Famed journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Rezendes is a member of The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. In conversation with Mukund Padmanabhan, Editor in Chief of the iconic Indian newspaper, The Hindu, he speaks of the values, veracity and commitment required for investigative journalism and the changing definitions of news in the current media landscape.

Photo of Michael Rezendes courtesy of ZEE JLF

  • Sat. 1:30-2:30pm-Migrations- Human beings are a nomadic species, and migrations remain a constant part of human history. Economic migrants, political refugees, immigrants and emigrants chart new languages and societies, navigating exile and discovery, alienation and acceptance. Panelists from across continents and cultures speak of their individual experiences and perceptions. Devesh Kapur, Dan-el Padilla Peralta and Kayhan Irani in conversation with Marcia Douglas.
  • Sat. 4-5pm-The Russian Revolution-The Russian revolution of 1917 was a watershed in world history where the Bolsheviks party established the first Marxist state in the world. Strikes, protests and demonstrations, including food riots, mostly by women, helped spark the uprising that led to the downfall of the tsar in February and prepared the way for the triumph of the Bolsheviks the following fall. Barbara A. Engel and David Shneer speak in a riveting session about the events that preceded and followed the revolution as well as its legacy today.
  • Sat. 5:15-6:15pm-Undercover in North Korea: Facts and FictionsSuki Kim, born in South Korea, is the author of acclaimed novel “The Interpreter” and The New York Times bestselling nonfiction book “Without You There Is No Us: Undercover amongst the Sons of North Korea’s elite” on her six months undercover investigation embedded within North Korea. In conversation with award-winning Canadian-Egyptian novelist and journalist Omar El Akkad, they speak of chronicling our troubled times and bridging the dysfunctionalities and distances between cultures and continents.

Photo of Suki Kim courtesy of ZEE JLF

  • Sat. 5:15-6:15pm-Ancestral Cultures: Legacy of the First Nations- A session that searches the legacy of ancestral cultures through the layers of collective memory. Native American writers and artists speak of how they resist amnesia and cultural erasure amidst the dislocation of voice and identity as they invoke and celebrate the legacy of the First Nations. Stephen Graham Jones and Janice Gould in conversation with Margaret Coel.
  • Sat. 6:30-7:30pm-The Feminism Across Cultures: Breaking Boundaries- The politics of feminism is constantly evolving even as some issues remain unchanged. Whether it’s hijab politics or menstruation stigma, domestic violence or sexual abuse, gender pay gaps or leadership vacuums, today’s generation of feminists finds common causes that straddle the globe. Using new mediums like social media, can we forge new alliances and links that go beyond geographical boundaries? Anita Anand, Anne Waldman, Jeanine Canty, Urvashi Butalia and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Namita Bhandare.
  • Sun. 12:45-1:15-Narratives of the Self- Race, history and memory impact identity in both obvious and subtle ways. In a moving session of readings and conversation, writers who represent the vibrant diversity of African American culture speak of how they celebrate narratives of selfhood despite the disturbing undercurrents of endemic racism that persist and consistently surface around them. Jovan Mays and Ruth Ellen Kocher in conversation with Marcia Douglas.
  • Sun. 1:15-2:15pm-The Great Outdoors-In the age of the Anthropocene, the great outdoors are a reminder of the true natural balance of our planet. Environmental author David Baron, multi-faceted writer and adventurer Odd Harald Hauge, and polar explorer John Huston speak of the lure of nature and the call of the great outdoors with Irene Vilar.
  • 3:45-4:45pm-The Girl From Aleppo- Christina Lamb is author of ”The Africa House” and ”I Am Malala”, co-authored with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. In conversation with journalist Ishaan Tharoor, she talks of her time reporting on conflict zones, including Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, her latest book “The Girl from Aleppo” and how her experiences have influenced her works and writings.


More events during ZEE JLF:

FREE Evening Concert, 7:30pm, Saturday, September 16

A FREE Saturday evening concert will be held at 7:30pm at the Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library, featuring NoteSpeak from Brescia, Italy. Boulder native and long-time Italy resident Lisa Marie Simmons partners with pianist and arranger Marco Cremaschini and full band for an evening of jazz, from standards to inspired originals and their own creative form of spoken word-musical performance called NoteSpeak.

A unique collaboration that intertwines poetical and musical forms to raise awareness of real-life triumphs and struggles around the world, Notespeak explores creative paths established by such artists as The Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron, and Brian Jackson, but venture down contemporary avenues to address current topics of which many remain unaware. Musically and vocally, NoteSpeak constantly changes, shifting from style to style – acoustic jazz solos into hip-hop beats into harmonized gospel vocals into electronic jazz and fusion into free verse rhyming – and yet seems to consistently groove. Morning music will also take place each day of the Festival. For the complete lineup visit: https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder/music/

Hike and Hang with World-Class Adventure Authors, 8am-10:30am, Sunday, September 17
JLF attendees can take an easy hike to Boulder Chautauqua’s Lower Meadow Loop Trail underneath the iconic Flatirons and enjoy breakfast and discussions at the Historic Boulder Chautauqua Dining Hall with two guest authors, well known Polar and World Explorers/Adventurers, John Huston and Odd Harald Hague. Both John and Odd have lead many expeditions to the North and South Poles as well as Greenland and Mt. Everest among other challenging destinations. A Boulder Park’s Naturalist will accompany the hike to talk about the ecology and history of the Front Range, and participants will have opportunity to talk and ask questions of the guest authors during brunch. The cost for this exclusive add-on event is $35 (plus $2.50 processing fee) and tickets can be purchased at https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder/hike-and-hang/.

A host of family friendly events will also take place, appropriate for children and their parents, including:

  • Henna History and Design- Come learn about the history and culture of henna body art! Hear a brief history of the practice. Then have a design drawn on your skin with henna paste. Suitable for ages 10-18.
  • Odissi Dance- Swagata Banerjee, the artistic director and founder of Moksha Academy of Odissi Dance, shares her expertise. Watch a short performance of this ancient Indian classical dance and then learn some of the traditional movements. Suitable for families of all ages.
  • Flights of Fancy: Public Works Puppet Theater- Using masks and puppets to create a magical, cartoon-like world inside of a biodome, Flight of Fancy spins a tale of wonder when a puffin and a girl become unlikely friends and break loose into a night of adventure. Suitable for families of all ages.

Visiting Gaden Shartse Monks to Create a Vajrasattva Sand Mandala During Festival

A group of monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastic Community in Mungod, India will be in Boulder to create a Sacred Vajrasattva Sand Mandala in the Canyon Gallery at the Boulder Public Library. They will construct a Buddha Vajrasattva Mandala over the course of five days, giving a Vajrasattva Empowerment on the last day just prior to the Dissolution Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 5pm which will include the distribution of Sacralized Sand to those in attendance.

These and many more sessions, panel discussions, conversations, presentations and performances surrounding various topics of world interest will be presented over the three-day Festival. More details and the full program can be found at http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder/program.

The festival is FREE, but to secure your spot, please register at: https://www.twagateway.com/jlfboulder/e/1


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