The Indian publishing industry has grown rapidly with the world’s attention converging on it: creating a meaningful B2B platform for publishers was thus essential and the Jaipur BookMark was conceived to run parallel to the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. In the 5 years since its inception, JBM is fast emerging as a nerve centre for the South Asian publishing industry and is indeed a focal point where books mean business.
Jaipur BookMark (JBM) brings together stakeholders of the book trade from across the world – publishers, literary agents, writers, translators, translation agencies and book sellers. It gives them an opportunity not just to ‘’talk business” through relevant sessions and focused roundtables but also provides the right and fruitful atmosphere to inspire conversations and a space for one-on-one meetings and networking. This intimacy forges relationships and allows the occasional contract to be signed too.
JBM is the ultimate South Asian book conclave which provides an “edge” of opportunities to those in the publishing industry on the lookout for new ideas and collaborations.
Translations, we believe, transform the publishing and literary ecosystem into a democratic space, and we have made a concerted effort towards galvanising the translations landscape in India and thus aim to bring Indian writing into the international space.
Apart from being a B2B platform that brings together the who’s who of the publishing industry from across the world, the Jaipur BookMark also features a “Mentorship Programme” for writers, an exciting platform that invites storytellers, poets, literary enthusiasts and writers to tell their story and be mentored by experts in the field. No longer limited to first time writers, this initiative not only gives writers a chance to express themselves, but also lets them mingle and interact with publishers, literary agents, translators and other industry experts in a pitching session, and perhaps get to even sign a book deal!
The new broadend programme is a confluence of writers and industry experts in a wonderful and refreshing partnership with an array of possibilities on offer. It’s a call to all unpublished manuscripts sitting on computers or dwelling inside closets, of any genre and format: short-stories, poetry, and works of fiction or nonfiction. Entries may or may not get shortlisted, but each entry gets an opportunity to be read by an international expert; what is important is that feedback will be sent irrespective of selection. This programme is not a competition, but meant to identify and select new and exciting ideas and help writers hone those into books.
Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher, and festival director. She is the author of fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction. Her acclaimed debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, was published in 1984. The recent Things to Leave Behind has been described as her most ambitious novel yet. Other books include, Gods, Graves and Grandmother, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: The Play of Memory, Priya in Incredible Indyaa, The Habit of Love. The Book of Shiva and The Puffin Mahabharata is born out of her deep interest in Indian mythology. Edited anthologies include In Search of Sita, Travelling In, Travelling Out, and Himalaya, co-edited with Ruskin Bond. Gokhale is a founder and co-director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival and Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literature Festival. She is the director of Yatra Books, a publishing house specialised in translation. She has curated Kitaabnama, India’s only multi-lingual book show for the national channel Doordarshan. As a literary activist, she is passionately committed to showcasing the spectrum of writing across Indian languages.
Neeta Gupta is the publisher at Yatra Books and a literary consultant with a special emphasis on translations. She is also the editor of Bharatiya Anuvad Parishad’s quarterly journal on translation, Anuvad. Yatra Books and Bharatiya Anuvad Parishad share strategic strengths and draw synergy and creativity from their complementary activities. She has been working towards creating publishing connectivities across different languages and cultures, a mission she also carries forward as the Festival co-Director of Jaipur BookMark.
SANJOY K. ROY
Sanjoy K. Roy is the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across 40 cities in countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, and includes the world’s largest literary gathering – the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. He has also produced and directed over 1000 hours of TV and film. He is a founder trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust, working to provide support services for street and working children in the inner city of Delhi where over 55,000 children have benefitted from education, training and residential services.. The White House recently presented him the US President’s Committee of Arts and Humanities Award for an international organisation. He serves as an advisor for the arts and diversity for numerous government and non-governmental organisations across the world.