Nearly a decade after its inception, Jaipur Literature Festival is heading to Boulder in the US this September for three days of books, ideas, performance art, dialogue and debate on contemporary issues.

Over 100 authors, thinkers, poets and performers have been lined up to participate in the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder in Colorado beginning on September 18, organisers said today.

VSNaipaulHe’s 82-years-old, frail and not in the best of health, but Nobel laureate Sir VS Naipaul had the crowds at Jaipur hanging on to his every word on Saturday at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (ZeeJLF). Speaking to Naipaul about his life and writings was Farrukh Dhondy, his long-time friend and eminent British novelist and scriptwriter, even as his wife, Lady Nadira, sat in a chair behind him, taking notes, holding the microphone when he became too tired to hold it, and prompting the words when he forgot what he was saying or ran out of steam. 

kalamAPJ Abdul Kalam drew the biggest crowd at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival for his session ‘The Visionary: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’ on Saturday evening. Bibek Debroy, Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, moderated the session with the former president which attracted the largest crowd at the festival this year. The session followed close on the heels of Kalam’s session earlier in the day, titled ‘Ignited Minds’, that also drew a packed house at the ‘Ford Samvad’ venue of the Diggi Palace.

kamila shamshieConsequences of war and politics on humanity was the topic of discussion by internationally acclaimed authors who shared personal experiences ranging from battleground stories to sitting down to write a novel.

At a session at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival here, they also underlined the importance of novels which give accounts of war in raising awareness about its destructive consequences.

Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamshie, who has authored the multi-layered novel “A God in Every Stone,” told the gathering how deeply she was affected by the fate of unnamed soldiers from Indian villages serving in British Army during the World War-I.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling novel “Eat, Pray, Love” has pulled out of appearing at the Jaipur Literature Festival days before it opens on Jan. 21 in India’s pink city.

Ms. Gilbert, who was set to speak about her most recent novel “The Signature of All Things,” cited medical conditions preventing her from traveling to India to attend the festival, according to organizers.