Last January, in its 11th year, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival drew 400,000 footfalls to Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital. The festival, which is often called ‘the greatest literary show on Earth,’ serves as a beacon of freedom of expression around the world, giving rise to more than 200 other literature festivals, throughout South Asia and countries around the world.
Teamwork Arts, producers of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, bring to Texas - JLF at Houston - an iconic event where ideas and perspectives jostle with intellectual vigor. Houston, where skyscrapers and bayous meet, welcomes the Festival from September 14-15. With internationally acclaimed authors and thinkers taking part in a range of provocative panels and debates, at the core of our programming are thoughts and issues that resonate with our times.
JLF at Houston will be held in association with Asia Society Texas Center, an educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the West, Inprint, a literary arts nonprofit organization, supporting and engaging readers and writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and the Consulate General of India.
Along with the festival directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, confirmed speakers include Sashi Tharoor, the award-winning author of 17 books and Member of Parliament, Chitra Divakaruni the internationally best-selling author of Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, Omar El Akkad, an Egyptian-Canadian author and journalist, and Kathy Reichs, creator of the popular TV series Bones! [Organizer's description]