For the Love of Books: Jaipur Literature Festival is Back

The country’s biggest lit fest swings to town in January.  
The next edition, to be held in Jan 2017, marks the tenth anniversary of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Photo: Jaipur Literature Festival/Facebook
The next edition, to be held in Jan 2017, marks the tenth anniversary of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Photo: Jaipur Literature Festival/Facebook

Kick off 2017 with a fresh reading list from the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. The five-day event, set in the Diggi Palace heritage hotel, brings together renowned writers and booklovers from around the world for talks, debates, and discussions on matters ranging from gender and identity to poetry and politics. This year—the festival’s 10th anniversary— is from Thur Jan 19 to Mon Jan 23, 2017.

Spend your days plotting which talks to attend, and queuing up to get your book signed. The complete list of speakers is yet to be announced but the line-up includes novelists Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and Vikram Chandra (Sacred Games). When the day’s schedule comes to a close, get drinks at one of Jaipur’s many restaurants, followed by a dinner of laal maas and rotis. (Pro tip: Carry an extra bag. for all the books you’re going to have to cart back home.)

Literature festivals can be overwhelming for the uninitiated but fret not, we’ve got a tongue-in-cheek survival guide to save the day. When you do make it to the Pink City, don’t forget to look up our Jaipur guide, and consider making the most of your visit to Rajasthan by slotting in time for a quick getaway elsewhere in the state. The weather is pitch-perfect in January.

Entry is free to the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, but registration is mandatory. Festival delegate passes let you hobnob with literary heavyweights at exclusive events, for a fee of 5,000 per day. Register here.

  • Fabiola Monteiro was formerly a member of National Geographic Traveller India's web team. She loves beaches, blue skies, and baking, and is most centred while trying a new cake recipe. She tweets as @thefabmonteiro.

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