First Day January 22, 2020
Second Day January 23, 2020
Third Day January 24, 2020
Fourth Day January 25, 2020
10.00 AM to 11.00 AM Durbar Hall

INAUGURAL LAMP LIGHTING

Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Jo Lendle, Namita Gokhale, Naveen Kishore, Neeta Gupta, Ravi Deecee, Sanjoy K Roy and Urvashi Butalia

INAUGURAL ADDRESS

H.E. Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Namita Gokhale and Sanjoy K Roy

INAUGURAL KEYNOTE

Jo Lendle

The Roaring Twenties

Flipping through the first 20 pages of the publishing manual for a new decade 

 

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM Durbar Hall

1. THE HEART OF A BOOKSTORE

Arsen Kashkashian,  Jeff Deutsch, Priyanka Malhotra and Shuchi Saraswat, moderated by Rick Simonson

Presented by Norwegian Embassy

The heart of a bookstore is a vibrant throbbing space. Booksellers are not only bibliophiles but also retailers who understand the intellectual needs of their customers and curate a list that stimulates and addresses the needs of their community. Iconic booksellers from around the world speak of their profession and the joy, challenges and learnings they derive from it.

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Durbar Hall

2. THE BIG BOOK BOX FOR KIDS

Deepa Agarwal, Laurence Faron, Manisha Chaudhry and Richa Jha in conversation with Naveen Kishore

Presented by Institut Français and French Embassy

Books don’t sell themselves. A great story and cover, a compelling blurb and an appropriate category are critical to get off to the right start. Yet, there’s just a little more thinking outside the box when it comes to selling children’s books. Authors, publishers and booksellers discuss challenges in making children’s books visible and accessible to  young readers as well as marketing strategies for overcoming them.

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Durbar Hall

3. THE CHANGING FACE OF DIGITAL NARRATIVES

Anu Singh Choudhary, Asma Khan and Ján Tompkins in conversation with Vani Tripathi Tikoo

Presented by Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan

From the culinary universe to real time storytelling, to creating complex simulations of novelistic structures, the immersive experience provided by new genres of digital narratives open a fascinating array of possibilities. 

3:45 PM to 4:45 PM Durbar Hall

4. TOWARDS A BORDERLESS LITERATURE

Keynote Address by Berthold Franke 

AJ Thomas, Chandra Prakash Deval, Jo Lendle, Jules Levinson and Vera Michalski in conversation with Jayapriya Vasudevan
 

Presented by Norwegian Embassy

To quote Ben Okri, “Stories can conquer fear...They can make the heart bigger.” 

Ideas are borderless and the stories we love can come from anywhere and everywhere. We can only understand our place in the world through the lived experiences of writers from across the world. An inspirational session on the need for translations and words without borders.
 

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Durbar Hall

5. TRANSLATING NATIONAL NARRATIVES

Anushree Rathore, Oscar Pujol, Ravi Deecee and Prize Winner in conversation with Aditi Maheshwari Goyal 

The narratives of national identity have been expressed eloquently in various Indian languages. The diversity of these voices has created a collective mosaic of unity that defines the very fabric of the Indian literary landscape. Writers and thought leaders from across disciplines celebrate this unity in diversity.

Followed by the announcement of the Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award 2020
 

6:15 PM to 7:00 P.M. Durbar Hall

IBSEN Hindi translation launch

Astri Ghosh, H.E.  Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Namita Gokhale, Neeta Gupta and Sanjoy K. Roy

Co-hosted by Norwegian Embassy

Cocktails co-hosted by Norwegian Embassy

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

6. CONSUMER INTELLIGENCE: WHO’S READING WHAT

Ananth Padmanabhan, Jaspreet Bindra, Naresh Khanna, Payal Arora and Vikrant Mathur in conversation with Aditi Maheshwari Goyal

Presented by Harper Collins

Data represents one of the most valuable assets on the planet today. As millions of consumers continue to purchase online, corporations race to collect more and more details about their behaviors, needs and desires. Publishers and authors discuss how big data can be used to analyse book buying behaviour.

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

Keynote Address: Challenges for the New Decade

Charlie Redmayne

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

7. LIBRARIES AS COMMUNITIES

Alan Thomas, Aspen Walker and Jamie Andrews, moderated by Malashri Lal and introduced by Sanjoy K. Roy

Presented by Norwegian Embassy

Libraries are increasingly becoming crucial community hubs that serve as centres of learning, communication, professional development and collaborative projects. They seek to be inclusive spaces with resources for those who wish to learn, engage and celebrate who they are and what they want to become. 

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Lunch Area

LUNCH

Sponsored by Norwegian Embassy
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

8. INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING

Keynote by Michael Dwyer 

David Gressot, Jo Lendle, Naveen Kishore and Urvashi Butalia in conversation with Sunandini Banerje

Presented by Seagull School of Publishing

It isn’t about size or scale, it’s about choice. A session about the instinctive, often counter-intuitive sensibilities of independent publishers and the risks they take as they step outside the structures of corporate publishing. Legendary publishers speak about publishing books that need to be read and finding readers who must exist. 

3:45 PM to 4:45 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

9. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: GASTRONOMY AND LITERATURE

Asma Khan, Chandrahas Choudhury and Madhur Jaffrey in conversation with Krishnendu Ray

Writing about food is a rigorous discipline involving cuisine, aesthetics and cultural context. Recipes need to be measured and calibrated, photography must be evocative and the book must become a part of the readers hearth and home. Some of the most talented food writers in the world gather to share their recipes for food and literature.

4:45 PM to 5:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

TEA TIME

Rajkamal Prakashan Bhojpuri Book Launch

5:15 PM to 6:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

10. THE ROMAIN ROLLAND PRIZE: LITERATURE AND TRANSLATION

Annie Montaut, Chinmoy Guha, Jean-Claude Perrier, Leïla Slimani and Michèle Albaret-Maastsch in conversation with Renuka George

Presented by Institut Français and French Embassy

The Romain Rolland Prize awards the best of French fiction translated into Indian languages. The jury delves into the significance of literature in translation. The Jaipur Literature Festival and Jaipur BookMark are honoured to host the award ceremony for the third year in a row.

Followed by the Romain Rolland prize announcement, introduced by H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Lenain, presented by Leïla Slimani 

Cocktails co-hosted by Institut Français and French Embassy 

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

11. THE ANATOMY OF A LITERARY PRIZE

Keynote Address: India at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Claudia Kaiser

Aanchal Malhotra, Elaine Canning, Hemali Sodhi, Mita Kapur and Sunny Singh, moderated by Arunava Sinha
 

Presented by British Academy

Prizes and awards play a crucial role in locating, recognising and encouraging excellence. They help to nurture a critical and self aware literary culture, often bringing otherwise unknown or unrecognised voices from the margins to the mainstream. The recent trend to include and recognise works in translation provide diversity and perspective to the spectrum. Literary prize directors and authors discuss the process.

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

12. WHY PUBLISHING POETRY IS IMPORTANT

Ashok Vajpeyi, Chris Agee, Madhav Kaushik, Mindy Gill and Ranjit Hoskote, moderated by Naveen Kishore

While poetry remains a key to literary expression in languages and literatures around the world, as spoken word, digital and print expression, do poetry books actually sell? Instagram avatars clock millions of hits and matching sales but for most poets a published volume remains an arduous journey. Dedicated and engaged publishers speak of their belief and commitment. 

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

13. TRANSLATION AS INTIMACY

Arunava Sinha and Sunandini Banerjee in conversation with Anjum Katyal

Presented by Seagull School of Publishing

Translation is an act of ‘surrender’, of totally immersing oneself in the text. There is no place for ‘ego’ or ‘personality’ in translation as one gets ‘possessed’ by the spirit of the chosen language, piece of literature or poetry. Find out what keeps translators intimately connected with their art in this candid session.

3:45 PM to 4:45 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

14. A TEXTBOOK CASE FOR DIVERSITY

Atiya Zaidi, Niko Pfund, Sunny Singh and Urvashi Butalia, moderated by Manisha Chaudhry

Publishers often seek to tick the right boxes in order to appropriately represent gender, ethnicity and markers or diversity in their books. How do they strike a balance between mere tokenism and embracing true multiculturalism?

4:45 PM to 5:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

TEA TIME

Sridhar Balan in conversation with Ravi Singh

Off the Shelf - On Books, Book People and Places
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

15. COVERING CREATIVITY

 Aanchal Malhotra, Arsen Kashkashian, Devangana Dash and Kunal Basu, moderated by Shobhaa De

Presented by Oxford Bookstore

A great cover is the perfect way to wrap up the story within. How do we judge book cover design?  How important is a cover to the identity of the book? Designers, authors, publishers and readers celebrate five years of the coveted Oxford Book Cover Prize.

Followed by the announcement of the 5th Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize, presented by Namita Gokhale, Shashi Tharoor and Shobhaa De

6:15 PM to 7:00 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

Cocktails

Cocktails co-hosted by Oxford Bookstore

11:15 AM to 1:30 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

16. IWRITE

-Mehool Parekh’s Bhoot, Bhavish, Bartaman read by Vani Tripathi Tikoo presented by  Book2Screen

-Vikram Chandra on The Writing Life introduced by Namita Gokhale 

-A Master Class on Pitching 

Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Jan Stocklassa, Jayapriya Vasudevan, Kanishka Gupta, Mahendra Singh and Vineet Bajpai, Vaishali Mathur

-Naveen Choudhary on How to use social media as a writer 

-iWrite Pitch

At the Jaipur BookMark iWrite session, aspiring writers pitch unpublished manuscripts, short stories, poetry and works of fiction and non-fiction to international publishers, literary agents, translators and other industry experts, and perhaps even sign a book deal!

Jury- Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Arundhati Nath, Jayapriya Vasudevan, Kanishka Gupta, Namita Gokhale, Naveen Chaudhary, Preeti Gill, Ramjee Narasimhan, Ranu Bhattacharyya, Shreya Adhikari, Tilottama Shome, Urmila Gupta, Vaishali Mathur and Vineet Bajpai

3:45 PM to 4:45 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

17. FESTIVAL DIRECTOR'S PANEL

Festival Directors’ Panel

Opening presentation by Jean - Claude Perrier

The Colour of Money

Alexandra Büchler, Anne O’Brien, Elin Jones, Govind Deecee, Ilke Froyen, Jessie Friedman, Marion Regenscheit, Preeti Gill, Rashmi Ranjan Parida and Vilis Kasims in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
 

Festival directors discuss the colour of money and sponsorship support as an important aspect of their profession. As international festivals are funded by both private and public foundations, which also participate in festivals in various ways, there is an increased pressure to bring on board sponsors, who remain untainted in this complex political and moral ecosystem. How do festivals remain authentic and relevant in their programming, and yet meet the increased demands on festival planning, cost and logistics? Find out how the most successful directors around the world overcome this challenge.

4:45 PM to 5:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

TEA TIME

5:15 PM to 6:15 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

17. FESTIVAL DIRECTOR'S PANEL II

Opening Statement by Namita Gokhale

Transforming Challenges into Opportunities 

Ana Filomena Amaral, Anisur Rahman, David McWilliams, Hemali Sodhi, Jessica Alice, Mita Kapur, Namita Gokhale, Natalia Lomouri, Raghav Chandra, Sian Smyth, Simon Westcott and Tziona Shamay in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy

How autonomous are literary festivals in the contemporary cultural economy? Does the state have a role with respect to culture and the arts, especially in today’s fraught political climate? To what extent are they functioning independently from the state and sponsors? How do festival directors in particular tackle these issues, without allowing it to tarnish the image of their festivals? Festival directors discuss the challenges faced by them.

6:15 PM to 7:00 PM DC Books JBM Haveli

Closing Ceremony

Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Jean-Claude Perrier, Govind Deecee, Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Namita Gokhale, Naveen Kishore, Neeta Gupta and Sanjoy K. Roy