Jaipur Literature Festival 2014 begins

Jaipur Literature Festival 2014, the world’s largest free literary festival begins today, which runs from 17th – 21st January 2014. Featuring Pulitzer Prize winners, academics from the world’s leading universities, as well as authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize and DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; the seventh edition of the festival is set to bring some of the greatest thinkers and writers to the Pink City for five days of literary debates and discussions. As in past years, the annual Festival will also feature live music sessions and interactive workshops.   Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2014, which soon transformed from a little festival for the cognoscenti into a commercial behemoth, grows a little bigger still. But it remains a serious festival, full of first-rate writers and thinkers, not just the most famous (though there is plenty of stardust too), and most importantly it remains free. This year’s five-day edition, which starts today, is sponsored by media company Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. As festival producer Sanjoy Roy acknowledged when the partnership with Zee was announced, corporate support is necessary to keep the show on the road.