Hailed as one of the greatest literary shows globally, the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will be held in Houston for the first time as part of the larger umbrella of the literary event in the US. Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor and Indian ambassador to the US, Navtej Sarna, are expected to attend the event in Houston, Texas, from September 14 to 15. Sarna is one of the chief guests.
JLF after Houston, will be held in New York from September 19 to 20 and from September 21 to 23 in Boulder, Colorado. “We’re so excited to be collaborating on the first JLF at Houston for the first time in Texas,” said Bonna Kol, president of the Asia Society’s Texas centre.
“Engaging our diverse city in an array of international topics and speakers aligns perfectly with our deep commitment to promoting cultural understanding,” added Kol.
In Houston, participating speakers and writers include Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Namita Gokhale, Sonal Mansingh, Omar El Akkad, Robin Davidson, Jay Aiyer, Kurt Heinzelman, Lacy M Johnson and McKenna Jordan. Ruben Martinez, Jovan Mays, Jasminne Mendez, Marcus Moench, Rajesh Parameswaran, Sharad Paul, Daniel Pena, Shobha Rao, Kathy Reichs, Anis Shivani, Mimi Swartz, Marina Tristan, Roberto Tejada, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and Milan Vaishnav, are also expected at the JLF here.
Since its inception in 2006, this is the first Texas visit for the JLF, which will bring together acclaimed authors, thinkers and humanitarians to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.