Jaipur Bookmark: where books mean business

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Held in association with the Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur BookMark (JBM) brings together stakeholders of the book trade from across the world – publishers, literary agents, writers, translators and book sellers. It gives them an opportunity to ‘talk business’ through relevant sessions and focused roundtables and provides the right and fruitful atmosphere to inspire conversations and a space for one-on-one meetings and networking. This intimacy forges relationships and allows the occasional contract to be signed too.

JBM is the ultimate South Asian book conclave- Where Books Mean Business, providing an edge to those in the publishing industry on the lookout for new ideas and collaborations.

What’s new?

The First-Book Club New Writers Mentorship Programme invites entries from all the unpublished, aspiring writers and storytellers, providing them a platform to present their work to a panel of industry experts, with a chance to get published.

Highlights of Jaipur Bookmark 2018

JBM opens on 24th January 2018 at the Durbar Hall, Diggi Palace with a Keynote Address by Naveen Kishore on the Writing Wrong: Translating Lives, followed by 5 sessions focused on English Language Publishing, Multilingual Best-sellers, Digitally enhanced Books and last mile strategies for selling books.

On Day 1 there will be a Nordic lights focus with 5 Scandinavian Ambassadors and Writers, present at the Inaugural Cocktails. The Norwegian Ambassador Nils RagnarKamsvaag will also be moderating a session on the Nordic Crime Writing Industry.

On Day 2, the venue shifts to the JBM Haveli. There will be two important Publishing Industry Roundtables focused on Academic Publishing and Trade Publishing as well as a fascinating discussion on the future of Audio Books.

JBM 2018 will also announce three awards: Oxford Book Cover Prize on 25th January; Vani Foundation Prize for Translation on 26th January; and Romain Rolland Prize for French Translation for Indian languages on 28th January.

On Day 3, there will be Focus sessions on Minority languages, Identity and Translation while a Roundtable discussion on Little Magazines will also be organized.

On Day 4, there will be a blockbuster Roundtable on Web Narratives with some film and television heavy weights. There will also be a Festival Directors’ Roundtable with Directors from around participating in a discussion.

JLF 2018 preview

Pragya Tiwari, Shashi Tharoor, Pavan Varma, Akhil Sibal and Rakshanda Jalil- Panelists at Delhi preview of ZEE Jaipur Literature FestivalSet to take place January 25-29, 2018, the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’ Zee Jaipur Literature Festival returns to Jaipur’s historic Diggi Palace Hotel for its 11th edition. After the Mumbai preview at the Royal Opera House, the Festival held its Delhi preview in partnership with the Taj Group of Hotels.

This year, the Festival will host over 350 writers, thinkers, politicians, journalists and popular cultural icons from over 35 nationalities, representing over 15 Indian and 20 international languages as well as major awards such as the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker, the Pulitzer Prize, the Padma Vibhusan and the Sahitya Akademi Award.

The third list of speakers, which was also released, features a stellar line-up of Indian and international names covering issues as varied and complex as war and geopolitical boundaries, the environment and climate change, dystopia and gender along with broader themes such as science, history, cinema and Shakespeare.

The evening’s programme also featured a session titled ‘Populism is the Greatest Threat to Democracy’ with earnest and fine-honed perspectives from Shashi Tharoor, Rakhshanda Jalil, Pavan K. Varma, Akhil Sibal, Pinky Anand and Pragya Tiwari on the raging debate over whether populism is a danger or just a mere challenge to democracy.

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