Programme

    • Inaugural Session
      23rd January, Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Durbar Hall
      Address by H.E. Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, Namita Gokhale, Naveen Kishore, Sanjoy K. Roy and Vera Michalski-Hoffmann
      Keynote Address ‘The Freedom to Publish’
      Juergen Boos introduced by Margit Walsø
    • Other Forms of Storytelling
      23rd January, Wednesday 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Durbar Hall
      Jan Carson, Paul McVeigh, R. Cheran and Sunandini Banerjee in conversation with Jayapriya Vasudevan
      Stories have a remarkable quality to be told through prose and poetry, words and visuals, a letter or even a postcard. A dynamic panel explores unconventional forms of storytelling and engages with its creative and commercial aspects.
    • LGBTQ Writes: Differences and Consensus
      23rd January, Wednesday 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Durbar Hall
      Akhil Katyal, Jerry Johnson, Nandini Krishnan and Urvashi Butalia in conversation with Arpita Das
      LGBTQ writing has come into its own and become a specialised genre in publishing. A panel of radical publishers and writers talk about diversity and the challenges of publishing gendered narratives in India.
    • Inaugural Lunch
      23rd January, Wednesday 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM The Courtyard
      Co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy
    • Writing for Children, Writing as Children
      23rd January, Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Durbar Hall
      Anoushka Sabnis, Maja Lunde, Paro Anand and Rohini Chowdhury in conversation with Manisha Chaudhry
      When writing for children, how does one strike a balance between entertaining, engaging and being edgy? This session explores the unique methods that successful writers from around the world employ to reach out to their young audiences.
    • Convergences: Languages, Markets and Readers
      23rd January, Wednesday 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Durbar Hall
      Jayant Kaikini, Manasi Subramaniam, Ravi Singh and Udayan Mitra in conversation with Aditi Maheshwari Goyal
      India is the second largest English language publisher in the world and also has a vibrant publishing industry in 22 languages. Is there a synergy that they share via translations? How do they support each other? Publishing veterans come together and discuss the convergences of language and readership.
      Followed by the announcement of the Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award
    • Poems on the Road by Walking Bookfairs
      23rd January, Wednesday 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Durbar Hall
      Readings by Akhil Katyal, Sohini Basak, R. Cheran and Ulrike Almut Sandig, introduced by Akshaya Bahibala and Satabdi Mishra
      Poems on the Road, an initiative by Walking Bookfairs, is a 10,000 kilometre long, unique tour of India, ferrying poetry books, across all major cities and states of India. The tour celebrates books and poetry, and the importance of reading, writing and sharing poetry with each other. We are delighted to host them at Jaipur BookMark 2019 as they drive through Rajasthan.
    • Opening Reception
      6:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Courtyard
      Co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy
    • This Business of Books
      24th January, Thursday 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Naveen Kishore, Urvashi Butalia and Vera Michalski-Hoffmann in conversation with Manasi Subramaniam
      Is publishing a ‘service’? A ‘calling’? A ‘life’s work’? Somewhere along the way we may have begun to believe that this business of books is a higher vocation. There is a feeling of fraternity. Is their area of influence coming under threat? Publishing maestros deconstruct the world publishers inhabit.
      Presented by The Seagull School of Publishing
    • A Hundred Bookstores are Not Enough
      24th January, Thursday 12:30 PM - 2:20 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Akshaya Bahibala, Maina Bhagat, Manish Dhariwal, Priyanka Malhotra, Rick Simonson and Shuchi Saraswat in conversation with Anuj Bahri
      Can bookselling be pursued as a career? How does the publishing industry support booksellers? What are the opportunities to learn and grow in the publishing industry as a bookseller? This session will look into the realities of real estate and brick and mortar bookstores versus online book retail.
    • Are You (S)killing Your Employees?
      24th January, Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Chris Feik, Jack Ramm, Renuka Chatterjee and Sunandini Banerjee in conversation with Trisha de Niyogi
      How much are publishing companies investing in skilling their young employees? Can the employees visualise their professional scope in the industry? This session brings out the challenges faced by employers in grooming and retaining talent.
      Presented by The Seagull School of Publishing
    • Found in Translation
      24th January, Thursday 2:30 PM - 4:45 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Jharokha)
      Keynote by Ros Schwartz
      Annie Montaut, Daniel Hahn, Jean-Claude Perrier, Jenny Bhatt, Kalpana Raina, Margit Walsø, N. Kalyan Raman, Pariksith Singh, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Ranjita Biswas, Rohini Chowdhury, Ravi Singh, Ros Schwartz, Saket Suman and Shahnaz Habib moderated by Arunava Sinha
      A plethora of international awards recognising translations and the growing interest of readers has led to a boom in the business of translations. This discussion will engage with perennial questions of whether translation can capture the depth of literature and culture, and the role translators play in discovering stories from around the world.
      Launch: Hans Translations by Rachana Yadav
    • How Content is Consumed
      24th January, Thursday 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Anish Chandy, Bobby Bedi, François Pernot, Leeladhar Mandloi, Neelesh Misra, Smriti Kiran, Vikrant Mathur and Yogesh Dashrath in conversation with Vani Tripathi Tikoo
      Publishing is one of the most ancient industries and yet constantly adapting to modern platforms of storytelling. It is essential to discuss the emergent revenue streams for content generated across genres how they support and sustain each other. A distinguished panel will also discuss the issues of privacy and piracy in content consumption.
      Presented by Storytel
      Book Launch: Corridor of Books by Prakriti Ranjan Goswami, launch by Vani Tripathi Tikoo
    • Cocktails
      6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli
      Co-hosted by Oxford BookStore
    • Cover to Cover
      24th January, Thursday 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Aman Nath, Anuradha Roy, Jan Carson and Pramod Kapoor in conversation with Alka Pande
      Great covers emerge from the stories within. How do authors envisage their book covers? What do publishers want? A dialogue on designing book covers that delves into the world of authors, publishers and readers.
      Followed by the announcement of the 4th Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize, introduced by Maina Bhagat, presented by Gulzar
    • Indies vs Giants
      25th January, Friday 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Jharokha)
      Keynote by Vera Michalski
      Anna Solding, Jeremy Trevathan, Karthika V.K. and Vera Michalski-Hoffmann in conversation with Jaya Bhattacharji Rose
      Independent publishers with lower overheads are finding their niche position in the publishing industry around the world, even as publishing giants are consolidating their positions. This session talks about creative risk taking and the tools that brave, new publishers adopt.
    • Festival Directors’ Roundtable
      25th January, Friday 11:15 AM - 1:40 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Ahdaf Soueif, Ajit Baral, Ajit Pradhan, Anant Vijay, Anvita Pradhan, Cherilyn Parsons, David McWilliams, Emmanuel Delloye, Geoffrey Taylor, Isabelle Delloye, Jane McCredie, Janhavi Prasada, Jayapriya Vasudevan, Juergen Boos, Marieke Hardy, Mary Therese Kurkalang, Meenakshi Alimchandani, Mita Kapur, Namita Devidayal, Namita Gokhale, Neelesh Misra, Nirupama Kotru, Oliver Møystad, Omar Robert Hamilton, Pariksith Singh, Paul McVeigh, Pravin Sharma, Preeti Gill, Rima Hooja, Sabin Iqbal, Sian Smyth, Smita Parikh, Vikas Singh, Vincent Montagne and Will Dawson, hosted by Sanjoy K. Roy
      While literature festivals continue to be at the forefront in the fight for freedom of expression, do they reflect the politics of our times? Festival directors share their stories, challenges and learnings in the continued fight for space for dissent and debate.
    • The JBM Copyright Roundtable
      25th January, Friday 12:30 PM - 2:20 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Jharokha)
      Keynote by Michael Healy
      Introduced by Safir Anand
      Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Alind Maheshwari, Arpita Das, Claudia Kaiser, Kannan Sundaram, Maggie Doyle, Michael Healy, Phillipa McGuinness, Prashasti Rastogi, Safir Anand and Urvashi Butalia, moderated by Naveen Kishore
      Copyright underpins everything we do as an industry and without it all opportunities quickly recede. The principle of copyright is threatened at a global level and to a degree we have never seen before. This is true in India as it is in many countries. This session is a call to publishers, literary agents, rights managers, lawyers, authors and international book fair organisers for the protection of copyright.
    • Innovative Distribution Models
      25th January, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Alind Maheshwari, Ananth Padmanabhan, Esha Chatterjee, Himanshu Giri, Lipika Bhushan, Meera Johri, Ravi Deecee and Satabdi Mishra in conversation with Naveen Choudhary
      The selling and distribution of books is at the core of the publishing industry, constantly evolving over the last two centuries. In this scenario, it becomes essential to examine the disruptions and creative innovations of book distribution and find new ways to promote and sell books.
    • Anuvaad: Translating India
      25th January, Friday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Kalpana Raina, Kannan Sundaram, Minakshi Thakur, Nirupama Kotru, Rita Chowdhury and Satyanand Nirupam in conversation with Mini Krishnan
      At Jaipur BookMark, we are constantly trying to bring the best of Indian writing to the rest of the world and help facilitate the sale and exchange of rights both between Indian languages, and internationally. With this session we hope to begin answering the question that publishers and agents from across the world often ask: How do we get to know Indian literatures and translate from, into and between Indian languages?
    • Gender Equations in Publishing
      25th January, Friday 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Jharokha)
      Anushree Rathore, Arpita Das, Esha Chatterjee, Manasi Subramaniam, Manisha Chaudhry, Meera Johri, Marie Desmeures, Naveen Kishore, Prashasti Rastogi, Renuka Chatterjee, Ravi Deecee, Ravi Singh, Shweta Khurana and Urvashi Butalia
      While the publishing industry has tried to be gender-inclusive and is, in fact, increasingly being led by women, gender biases do still permeate the workplace. This session explores establishing and balancing personal boundaries along with professional growth.
      Book launch: Publishers on Publishing (All About Book Publishing) by Nitasha Devasar, launch by Shweta Khurana
    • The Romain Rolland Prize: Literature and Cosmopolitanism
      25th January, Friday 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Romain Rolland prize announcement, introduced by H.E. Mr. Alexandre Ziegler and presented by Ros Schwartz
      Annie Montaut, Chinmoy Guha, Michele Albaret-Maatsch, Namita Gokhale and Ros Schwartz, in conversation with Renuka George
      The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival and Jaipur BookMark are honoured to host the award ceremony for the Romain Rolland prize for the second year in a row. This prize awards the best French fiction title translated into an Indian language. The jury will discuss this year’s entries and delve into the significance of translation, literature and cosmopolitanism. Curated by Institut Francais in India
    • Cocktails
      6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli
      Co-hosted by Institut Francais in India
    • JBM presents iWrite: What do you do when you finish writing a book?
      26th January, Saturday 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli (JBM Pavilion)
      Anita Nair, Ekta Kumar, Jack Ramm, Jayapriya Vasudevan, Meghna Pant and Paul McVeigh in conversation with Preeti Gill
      At the Jaipur BookMark iWrite session, storytellers, literary enthusiasts and writers will 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 - Anish Chandy, Anuj Bahri, Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Deeba Salim, Jayapriya Vasudevan, Mita Kapur, Neeta Gupta, Preeti Gill and Ramjee Narasiman
      Book launches: Avinash Mishra, Chandra R. Talware, Sarthak Parashar and Vatsala Mendonca will present their First Book Club published titles
    • Closing Ceremony
      26th January, Saturday 1:40 PM - 2:20 PM Rajkamal JBM Haveli
      Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Alind Maheshwari, Margit Walsø, Namita Gokhale, Naveen Kishore, Neeta Gupta, Oliver Møystad and Sanjoy K. Roy
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