BOULDER, WE ARE BACK!
The Jaipur Literature Festival has a well-earned reputation as the world’s largest free literary festival. From just 100 visitors in 2006, it grew to 300,000 footfalls over the five-day festival this January. Now Jaipur Literature Festival returns to Boulder for the second edition of JLF at Boulder. With over 60 speakers, it explores issues as diverse as Native American, African-American and Latino Voices, LGBT, Immigration, and Graphic Novels, and more.
“Sit in one seat, and travel the world without moving an inch”, says Festival Producer Sanjoy Roy as he describes the wonder that is the Jaipur Literature Festival. Aiming to bring that to Beautiful Boulder for the second time, JLF at Boulder boasts of a speaker line-up of authors, journalists and published academics including Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, best-selling authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Stephen Graham Jones, Manuel Ramos, Patricia Limerick and Amitava Kumar.
The famed and inclusive programming that Jaipur Literature Festival is known for comes to be celebrated in Boulder once again with sessions on the Syrian refugee crisis, Native American Writing, the gramophone women of India, geopolitics and warcraft, and more. With close to 20 returning authors, JLF at Boulder celebrates the Pulse of World Literature.<
For those who will be attending JLF at Boulder, the Festival will be at held the Boulder Library with a week of lead-up activities held in and around Boulder. Catch the colours, ambience and festive spirit of Jaipur come alive in beautiful Boulder this year, September 23-25th, featuring world renowned and best-selling authors and speakers! Registration opens 15th July
Click here to take a look at the JLF at Boulder 2016 Speakers.
– Sukhman Khera
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It’s Your Turn, Boulder!
And it is finally upon us! The first edition of JLF@Boulder officially kicks off this weekend, successfully crossing over continents and time zones to bring the same magic and jubilation as its mother festival in Jaipur.
This year, The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival took place in January and the 2nd instalment of JLF@Southbank in London in May; both brought to the audiences world renowned and prize-winning authors and speakers, and filled an electricity of enthusiasm in the air which is unique to this festival.
To give you a taste of some of the excitement that is to happen, you can take a look at some behind the scenes moments of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival by clicking here.
And when the festival headed to Southbank, London, take a look at the happenings here.
So get ready Boulder! It’s your turn next!
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From Jaipur, With Love
ooms into an explosion of color, excitement and festivities as preparations for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival begins. The festival, which had its inaugural edition in 2006 has only since grown exponentially each year, pulling in ever expanding crowds to enjoy stimulating and intellectual sessions of the most impressive line ups of authors and speakers from all over the world. Novelists, Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winning authors and journalists, Man Booker Prize winners and even personalities and public figures like Oprah Winfrey and His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama have held sessions over the five-day festival over the years, and each coming year just seems to outdo the previous.
Jaipur, on its own, is a quaint city with majestic palaces, forts, archways and traditional Rajasthani culture that has thrived over centuries. The first thing that strikes you is the multitude of colors that sweeps across your visual horizon. Clothing, handicrafts, jewellery, architecture, even the color of the sky in Jaipur seems to glow with bright and distinctive hues. It feels like color is a part of the city’s identity, jumping out at you, making sure it has your attention.
Jaipur is often called the Pink City. In the 1800s, under the Rule of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh, the entire city was painted and dressed in pink to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales, when he visited the region. Pink was considered the color of hospitality in Jaipur, and much of the city still honors this tradition.The architecture inspires awe at the sheer elegance of the structures and at the thought that must have gone into designing it. The royal, distinguished Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind), Sawai Ram Singh’s Palace and Diggi Palace, the venue of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, are only a few of the uncountable heritage structures that dot the expanse of the city.
The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has found its place in this charming city that you can fall in love with, and will continue to flourish in the years to come. But this year, Jaipur witnessed the Jaipur Literature Festival extend and take a leap across continents, first to Southbank, London, and now to sunny, beautiful Boulder, Colorado! The festival carries with it the same exuberance, brilliance and love for literature and the spoken word as the initial one, and will bring a serving of the magic abroad that those in Jaipur get to experience.
Boulder, with its 300 days of sunshine, is the perfect locale for JLF@Boulder, and brings its own charm to the festival. Held at the beautiful Boulder Public Library, this two-day festival promises to enrich, enthrall and enchant each who walks in, and somewhere, we’re pretty sure, Jaipur couldn’t be happier.
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A Glimpse into Sanjoy Roy’s Interview with The Boulder Source
“Sit in one seat, and travel the world without moving an inch”, says Festival Producer Sanjoy Roy as he describes the wonder that is the Jaipur Literature Festival. Drawing some 270,000 attendees every year from around the world each January to the 1,000-year-old city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan in India, the Jaipur Literature Festival basks in the glory of being the largest free literature festival on Earth. Touted as “greatest literary show on Earth“, it features Nobel laureates, Man Booker prize winners, debut novelists, celebrities, local authors and a mass of attendees. The festival now heads to Boulder, Colorado, with all its pomp and color.
How Boulder was chosen to be the Festival’s U.S home is a matter of sheer luck and an impassioned e-mail of a literature enthusiast.
Boulder power couple Jesse Friedman, a psychotherapist, and Jules Levinson, a professor at Naropa University, visited the festival on a whim and all it took was one visit to make those two literature enthusiasts fall in love with the “mad and buzzy mass of humanity sharing in the love of literature”. They had heard about how the festival was looking forward to a US chapter and could think of no better place than Boulder. Upon their return in Boulder, Ms. Friedman sent an e – mail to Mr. Roy and rest as they say, is history. In the words of Mr. Roy himself “Boulder had all the untouchable makings of a festival city. It’s walkable, with accessible hotels, an airport nearby, very special outdoor features, and of course the Flatirons. These are some of the qualities that draw people in and allow them to immerse themselves in the festival experience.” He was moved by how the city came to represent the energy and enthusiasm that the festival was looking for.
The people of Boulder can think of it as a conglomeration of new ideas. As described by Mr. Roy it is a place “where the ideas emanate from the authors and their writings, but over the course of the festival these conversations take on a life of their own. It’s everything – the arts, the environment, politics, mysteries, LGBTQ issues, sci-fi, philosophy, photography, dance, and music – literally anything that can be contemplated.”
When asked about the festival in Jaipur and if the US chapter would ever grow to be as big, all he had to say was “When we created the Jaipur festival we didn’t set out for it to become the world’s largest literary festival, it’s just that it did. Our goal for Boulder is to create a festival that is unique to this part of the world, and our authors reflect that.”
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There are many reasons to be in Boulder this Fall. The host city to the highly anticipated JLF@Boulder has an intricate heritage, deep historical significance and unique natural beauty.
Boulder is one of the most athletic and health-oriented cities in the USA. With its parks and trails, it is a known hiker’s, climber’s and biker’s paradise against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, and rightly so! Boulder is also host to delightful traditions such as the Polar Bear Plunge in the icy Boulder Reservoir on New Year’s Day and the Naked Pumpkin Run, around Halloween. If that wasn’t enough of a draw, Boulder is home to a variety of music, but most prominently jazz and classical music. Recently, Colorado has featured in the news for its progressive and forward thinking stances on the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage.
Enough can never be said about the natural beauty of the state of Colorado and especially Boulder. The symbolic Flatirons are the pride of the city, where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains under a sunny sky all year round. In September, Boulder is expected to be at its brightest and most beautiful with the changing leaves and the muted start of the crisp winter season. Ofcourse, no post about Boulder is complete without the mention of the eons old and conscientiously preserved Boulder Creek, from which many believe Boulder, got its name.
A hippie paradise after the summer of love to an activist hotbed in the 1970’s, Boulder has also been the home of the esteemed and respected Southern Arapaho people, who had a strong warrior culture and historically lived in Colorado and Wyoming. These two communities, amongst others in the winding and intricate history of Boulder and the state of Colorado, have shaped the society who lives there today.
For those who will be attending JLF@Boulder, the Festival will be held the Boulder Library and Civic Lawns with a week of lead-up activities held at the Boulder Library, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Naropa University, the Denver Public Library, Denver Art Museum and other venues. Stroll along the Boulder Creek Path, taking in the babbling creek or wander off on one of the trails to gaze at the Flatirons, the enormous sandstone slabs inclining at an angle leaving you in awe, or take in a cup of tea at the exotic Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.
Catch the colours, ambience and festive spirit of Jaipur come alive in beautiful Boulder this year, September 19th-20th, featuring world renowned and best-selling authors and speakers!
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5 REASONS TO ATTEND JLF AT SOUTHBANK
The Jaipur Literature Festival has a well-earned reputation as the world’s largest free literary festival. From just 100 visitors in 2006, we grew to 250,000 footfalls over the five-day festival this January.
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The first installment of our running blog
It was wonderful to be able to bring a slice of the Jaipur Literature Festival to Southbank.Many members of the audience had been to Jaipur and returned for more debates, discussions, arguments and dialogues.
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5 Reasons To Attend JLF At Boulder
The Jaipur Literature Festival has a well-earned reputation as the world’s largest free literary festival. From just 100 visitors in 2006, we grew to 250,000 footfalls over the five-day festival this January. When one thinks of the Jaipur Literature Festival, what comes to mind is colour, stimulation, energy and passion. Whether you are a fan of regional music, an admirer of political journalism, aficionado of delectable fiction or just plain curious, you fall under the welcoming umbrella of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
One thing we pride ourselves on is access. Free and democratic access to our speakers, sessions and ideas and it was only a matter of time before we took flight and landed overseas, to give those who cannot make it to Jaipur a taste of what is called the ‘greatest literary show on earth’.
After our second stint at the Southbank Centre in London in May, 2015, our next stop is…Boulder, Colorado, USA! Beautiful Boulder is known for its 300 days of sunshine per year and its highly educated, professional population of more than 100,000; for its deep interest and leadership in social, technical and environmental innovation and for yoga & mindfulness practices, cycling & fitness and natural health & healing.
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Featuring at JLF@Boulder
The Jaipur Literature Festival which began in 2006 is now regarded as a cultural catalyst in India and around the world. From just 100 visitors in 2006, JLF grew to 250,000 footfalls over the five-day festival this January, in 2015. A new initiative this year is taking the festival overseas, to present the flavour of JLF to an entirely new audience. Presenting to you – JLF@Boulder, with the destination for the event being Boulder, Colorado, USA!
JLF@Boulder is fortunate to have some of the best and most prestigious award winning authors and speakers from across the world this year on its panels, featuring among others:
Jung Chang’s books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies around the world. Her best-selling book Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China was her family autobiography of three generations – her grandmother, her mother and herself. Hillary Clinton called it “an inspiring tale of women who survived every kind of hardship, deprivation and political upheaval with their humanity intact.”
Her latest book Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China about the most important woman in Chinese history brought a medieval empire into the modern age. It was published in 2013 and was a New York Times notable book.
A recipient of the British Council fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, Laila Lalami is a prolific author whose works have been nominated for numerous distinguished awards including the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. Many of her writings and opinion pieces have appeared in publications like The Washington Post, The Guardian and The New York Times. Her literary works have also been translated into 10 languages.
Her latest book The Moor’s Account is based on one of the four survivors of the Narvaez expedition which took place in 1527. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015.
Vijay Seshadri is an Indian-born poet, essayist and literary critic based in New York. His works have been published in various eminent journals and anthologies including Contours of the Heart, The New Yorker and The Nation.
He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2014, for his work 3 Sections. The Pulitzer Committee described this work as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.”
Chinese-American writer Anchee Min was born in a staunchly Maoist family in 1950’s Shanghai and forced to work on a communal farm from the age of seventeen where she was discovered by talent scouts. She worked as an actress at the Shanghai Film Studio and later went to the United States in 1984 with the help of actress Joan Chen. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Fine Arts.
Min has published two memoirs, Red Azalea and The Cooked Seed: A Memoir, and six historical novels. Her compelling memoir, Red Azalea documents her isolation and illicit love against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution. Her fiction emphasizes strong female characters, such as Jiang Qing, the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong, and Empress Dowager Cixi, the last ruling empress of China.
The First edition of JLF@Boulder promises to be a scintillating affair with stimulating sessions, debates and discussions that would appeal to anyone who relishes the written word. With the backdrop of the sunshine of Boulder and the beautiful creeks and scenic beauty, the festival is sure to be a remarkable experience for all.