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New Delhi: The Jaipur Literature Festival is set to open its account in the US with its first overseas edition beginning on Saturday in Boulder, Colorado. The event has increased the enthusiasm of writers.

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The two-day “greatest literary show on earth” is said to feature more than 100 notable writers, thinkers, poets and performers.

For Sanjay K Roy, the producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), zeroing in on Boulder came about by accident. “I received the proposal to hold JLF in Boulder from Buddhist scholars Jules Levinson and Maruta Kalnins. But I had no idea of the place and later I discovered that it’s a beautiful city with full of literature-loving people,” said Roy.

Boulder, famous for its colorful Western history, being a choice destination for hippies in the late 1960s, is also home for the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state’s largest.

The Rocky Mountains have also played a major role as a crucial migration route, which was important to the spread of people throughout the America.

Roy added that that keeping with the deep-rooted Native American sensibilities of the state, the event will have a strong focus on Latino, African American, Asian American and regional literature.

Tagged JLF@Boulder, the festival will emerge Indian-American, Asian and Latin American authors to explore a variety of literary topics and themes of local and international interest.

Author Namita Gokhale, the co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said that she is thrilled to take JLF to Boulder.

“I am deeply excited at the opportunity to read and understand American literature from a different perspective reading up on Mexican, Latino, Native American writers, and a load of new books on subjects as diverse as neuroscience and family phantoms. It’s a unique learning experience and I feel blessed and privileged to be a part of the programming process for Jaipur at Boulder,” said Gokhale.

The festival will feature international best-selling author Jung Chang, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Morroccan-American essayist and novelist Laila Lalami, Israeli journalist, political commentator and author Gideon Levy, Chinese-American best-selling author Anchee Min, and journalist, historian and award-winning author Simon Sebag-Montefiore.

The event, to be held at the Boulder Public Library and the scenic Civic Lawns will feature interviews, panel discussions and audience interaction. “Boulder is a long way from Jaipur, and we are proud to erect our literary ‘Big Top’ in town and to bring the energy, sparkle and brilliance of Indian writing to a very different world,” said William Dalrymple, author and co-director of the JLF.

The topics likely to be discussed threadbare include, migration, politics and conflict, environmental concerns and Native American voices.

Vouching that the basic spirit of the JLF will be mirrored at its Boulder edition, Gokhale said that it promises democratic platform. “The event will provide a democratic and free-flowing platform for books, ideas, poetry and music. Like Jaipur, it will be deeply grounded and cosmopolitan, with a wide diversity of participants and audiences. The spontaneity and synchronicity with which Jaipur at Boulder is happening holds the promise of wonderful things to come”, she said.

(With inputs IANS)

 

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