Early Triumphs

In 2013, Eleanor Catton became the youngest recipient of the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. Eimear Mcbride finished her debut novel A Girl is a Half Formed Thing when she was 27, but had to wait another nine years before it was finally published. This fascinating session, presented by UN Women, captured the audience’s imagination with vivid personal stories revealed by… Read more »

Harvest: Jim Crace In Conversation With Chandrahas Choudhury

The last day of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 started with an intriguing discussion about Jim Crace’s novel Harvest, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year. Despite heavy rains this morning, the Durbar Hall was filled with people eager to listen to Jim Crace talk about the novel and the process of writing. Crace, who describes himself as “a traditional… Read more »

The Global Novel: Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Franzen, Jim Crace, Maaza Mengiste, Xialou Guo, Moderated By Chandrahas Chaudhary

Literary critic Chandrahas Chaudhary opened the discussion by declaring that the novel had always been a global phenomenon because the art of storytelling has been with us forever. Pulitzer Prizewinner Jhumpa Lahiri explored the difference between the terms ‘global’ and ‘universal’, stating that the former was a term best reserved for market oriented jargon writers, whereas the latter reflected… Read more »