The Jaipur Literature Festival starting this morning is not waiting for the weekend, when most visitors are expected, to present its star brigade. Peruse the programme and you will find that being there on Day 1 alone may satisfy your desire to listen to favourite and celebrated authors. Here are some of the not-to-miss sessions. And if you find the timings of some sessions clashing, do not worry. JLF will be live streaming them all, and you can choose to give an ear to one session while sitting in on another.
9.45am (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Front Lawns): The keynote address by Man Booker Prize winning novelist Margaret Atwood. The Canadian writer and poet clearly has a legion of fans in the country, and those who miss this morning address can catch her on several other panel discussions that she will be a part of through the five days of the festival.
11.10am (Charbagh): Ruskin Bond will be in conversation with publisher Ravi Singh. As Bond himself has said, Singh, who used to be his editor at Penguin India earlier and now at Speaking Tiger Books, has read everything he has written. Expect Bond to be his usual charming self.
11.10am (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Front Lawn): Yes, there’s Bond speaking simultaneously, but if you can tear yourself away, hear Irish writer Colm Toibin speak to Chandrahas Chaudhary about his book The Master, a fictional account of the life of author Henry James.
12.25pm (Mahindra Humanities Durbar Hall): American artist and writer, the wild child Molly Crabapple, will speak of her memoir Drawing Blood with William Dalrymple.
1.40pm (Google Mughal Tent): If you have been stunned by chef Manish Mehrotra’s fusion food at the Indian Accent restaurant, he will be revealing some secrets in his cookbook, titled Indian Accent Restaurant Cookbook, to be launched at the festival.
2.30pm (Charbagh): Dalit activist Bant Singh has an inspiring and emotional personal story, and he will be speaking with Desraj Kali and Nirupama Dutt.
2.30pm (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Front Lawns): One can’t get enough of this prolific writer Alexander McCall Smith, who always stuns with the ease and flow of his words while transporting you into the realms of his stories. He will be in conversation with William Dalrymple.
3.45pm (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Front lawns): Film producer Karan Johar is the star Bollywood attraction here, and it remains to be seen if his biographer Poonam Saxena can get him to reveal any secrets.
3.45pm (Google Mughal Tent): The Booker is obviously the most prized literary Prize in India.So why not get all the Booker names from this year together on one platform: Sunjeev Sahota, Anuradha Roy and Marlon James in conversation with Anjum Hasan.
5.15pm (Charbagh): The grand finale of the day: Booker winner Marlon James will discuss his book A Brief History Of Seven Killings with writer Patrick French.
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