A quick reminder about the Jaipur Literature Festival (earlier post here): updates are still being made and session timings might be tweaked over the next few days, but most of the schedule is now in place. Among other recent developments, Australian author Thomas Keneally – best known internationally for the Booker-winning Schindler's Ark, filmed as Schindler’s List – has confirmed his participation, though his session (a discussion with journalist Sunil Sethi) is slotted for the same time as another very high-profile event, the launch of the book Bachchanalia: The Films and Memorabilia of Amitabh Bachchan. Mr Bachchan will be in the house for this one, and in conversation with OSIAN’s Neville Tulli; it should be fun to see the Big B mingling with the crowds on the Diggi Palace lawns, as other superstars (Salman Rushdie, Aamir Khan) have done in past editions of the fest.
Some other sessions I’m looking forward to:
The “Jugalbandi” between Gulzar and Pavan K Varma
“Moonlight’s Children”, a discussion featuring the Pakistani writers Nadeem Aslam and Daniyal Mueenuddin
“Scripting Bollywood”, with actress Nandita Das, documentary filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir, director Shekhar Kapur and author Vikas Swarup
Full programme here.
P.S. My discussion with Hari Kunzru has been shifted to the 21st evening, 5-6 pm, though that update hadn’t been made on the site last I checked.