ZEE JLF Celebrates World Literature in Boulder

4th-annual ZEE JLF at Boulder, Colorado takes place September 21-23, 2018 ~

BOULDER, Colo.  – The fourth edition of the ZEE JLF at Boulder will bring leading authors from around the world to host live discussions of today’s most important topics. ZEE JLF at Boulder celebrates diversity, words and ideas as authors and the community engage in conversation about the critical issues of our times.

The 2017 ZEE JLF at Boulder saw close to 15,000 footfalls over the three-day Festival which featured more than 40 sessions running to packed audiences. Nearly 70 authors joined in conversation with the community as they presented new takes on current events. Attendees from throughout the U.S. and across the globe experienced an uplifting celebration of the mind and heart, as writers from across the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe engaged in provocative conversations. Topics of conversations spanned life and society, economics and the arts, equity, freedom, and the care of our planet.

Early confirmed authors for the 2018 edition of ZEE JLF at Boulder include:

  • Molly Crabapple, a New York-based graphic novelist and artist whose new book, Brothers of the Gun, a Memoir of the Syrian War, will be published this spring.
  • Ngugi wa Thiong’o, a Kenyan-born novelist whose critical works about neo-colonial Kenya and the Moi dictatorship have been written from prison, in exile and on the run, in hopes of bringing the harsh issues of his homeland to light.
  • Priyamvada Natarajan, an India-born professor in the departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University whose newest novel is Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos.
  • Maya Jasanoff, a New York-born Harvard Professor whose book, The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, examines the dynamics of modern globalization through the life and times of the novelist Joseph Conrad.
  • Simon Winchester, a British-American author and journalist whose newest book, The Perfectionist: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, is due out this spring.

“During the Festival, writers inspire each other, while the audience gets to listen in on their conversations about relevant topics,” says Jessie Friedman executive director for ZEE JLF at Boulder. “These are genuine discussions rather than a book reading or performance. We are effectively allowing the audience in the U.S. to experience what’s on the minds of people throughout the world, bringing new perspectives and insights.”

More details and confirmed speakers will be announced at https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder.

In its 11th year, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival drew some 400,000 footfalls to Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital this past January. The festival, which is often called ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’, serves as a beacon of freedom of expression around the world, giving rise to more than 200 other literature festivals, both in India and other countries.

ZEE JLF successfully expanded to London in 2014, and selected Boulder as its only U.S. location in 2015. Voted the U.S.’ brainiest (more Ph.D.’s per capita than any other US city) happiest and foodiest city, the Festival was wildly successful in its first three years in Boulder. Festival organizers expect more than 20,000 footfalls this year from throughout the country and around the world.

“Boulder is the perfect host city to explore new ideas and debate contentious issues from race and religion to history and philosophy,” said Sanjoy K. Roy, Festival Producer and Managing Director of Teamwork Arts. “We were delighted with the success of the past three years and look forward to another exciting Festival in September.”

ZEE JLF at Boulder takes place at the at the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Pre-Festival events will be held at the Library and other locations. There is no admission fee, but attendees must register. For more information, confirmed speakers, and registration, visit https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder.

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