Teamwork Arts to bring 7th edition of JLF New York with a stellar mix of writers

This year, the vibrant energy of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, held annually in Jaipur, the Pink City in Rajasthan, India, will make its return to New York with a stellar lineup of speakers. The 7th edition of JLF New York will be celebrated between September 12th & 13th, 2023 at several locations in NYC: Asia Society, The National Arts Club, The Center for Fiction and Sundaram Tagore Gallery, all of whom have partnered with Teamwork Arts, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival and international editions of JLF. 

As always, the 2023 edition of the much-loved JLF New York will celebrate the cosmopolitan culture and liveliness of New York City and blend it with its signature camaraderie, caravan of ideas, and seamless flow of conversations. The scale of programming remains as multi-faceted as ever, covering subjects such as Fiction, Art, Food, Poetry etc. 

Showcasing a brilliant group of writers and thinkers, JLF New York will host a session featuring Booker Prize-winning British writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson, who will be in conversation with Festival Producer and Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Sanjoy K. Roy. Jacobson’s novels include The Mighty Walzer, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, Kalooki Nights, longlisted for the Man Booker Prizethe highly acclaimed The Act of Love and the Man Booker Prize winning The Finkler Question. At the session, Jacobson will take us through the many contours of his writing life and the process of bringing pen to paper. Roy will be in another conversation with celebrated actor Madhur Jaffrey, also a world-renowned ambassador of Indian cuisine. From her early years in New Delhi to her association with filmmakers and her encounters with the legends of theater and film, she will talk of her multi-layered life and the interplay of the stage, food and the flavor of memories. 

The conversation will continue with another session titled Art in the Times of War: From Ukraine to Palestine. The session will feature New York-based Emmy-nominated artist and writer Molly Crabapple, and New York-based author & co-host of the independent television news hour ‘Democracy Now!’, Nermeen Shaikh, discussing the beauty and chaos of Molly’s art and its intended impact. Drawing from conflict, art and reportage, Molly’s work weaves together the psychological and physical horrors of war through illustrations. Her contribution to Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, by Marwan Hisham, brings to life a ground-level reflection of the Syrian revolution. In her memoir, Drawing Blood, Molly masterfully engages with how we think about art, sex, politics and survival in our wrought times. 

India’s intellectual landscape is a melting pot of assorted beliefs and world views that produces a provocative mix of thought, philosophies, and ideologies. In conversation with author and journalist Seema Sirohi, politician and acclaimed author Shashi Tharoor will navigate the tensions and harmonies within the paradoxes of India. 

In the face of cultural obliteration, the living memory of Tibetan culture and spiritual practices remains strong and resilient. Discussing the topic, the festival will feature a session that looks at the sacred heritage that the Tibetan diaspora carries with them. Introduced by Festival Co-director and Sahitya Akadami recipient, author Namita Gokhale, the panel will be graced by Dominique Townsend, academic and author of A Buddhist Sensibility: Aesthetic Education at Tibet’s Mindröling Monastery, and Shantideva: How to Wake Up a Hero; Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, author of the poetry books My Rice Tastes Like the Lake, In the Absent Everyday & Rules of the House and the non-fiction book Coming Home to Tibet; Tenzin Dickie, translator, editor and writer of Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty One Short Stories from Tibet and The Penguin Book of Modern Tibetan Essays. 

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