Where South Asia Meets the World
Two years ago, the Jaipur Literature Festival began an important new initiative: Jaipur BookMark (JBM). Conceptualized as a B2B segment, JBM is held parallel to the main festival and provides a platform for publishers, literary agents, translation agencies and writers to meet, talk business deals, listen to speakers from across the world and perhaps even sign the occasional contract. This year’s event attracted delegations from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, France, Norway as well as as key Indian language publishers.
As India emerges as the world’s second largest English language publishing market, its complex and segmented Indian language market provides even greater opportunities in Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla and Gujarati, amongst others.
Jaipur BookMark 2016 brought to the publishing and translation market a Global Rights Translation Catalogue with a select list of eight works on offer for translation from across six Indian languages.
The catalogue can be viewed on the Jaipur Literature Festival website and at Teamwork Arts’ literary events across the globe, and will also be available for digital, film and publication rights.
Going forward, translation will remain our prime focus and we are very excited about introducing the literature of India’s eastern states of West Bengal, Assam, Manipur and Orissa to a wider audience.
We will also showcase narratives that have altered perceptions of what is being written in and about India, sharing with you stories that can travel beyond languages and borders.
We look forward to welcoming you to JBM 2017!
For more about Jaipur BookMark, please visit jbm.jaipurliteraturefestival.org
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