Jaipur BookMark 2018 announces second edition of ‘The First Book Club New Writers Mentorship Programme’


Jaipur: Jaipur BookMark – The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival’s B2B arm Jaipur BookMark (JBM) has announced the second edition of the extremely successful ‘The First Book Club New Writers Mentorship Programme’ in partnership with Scroll.in
Jaipur BookMark opens with a full day of programming on 24 January 2018 and for the next 4 days runs parallel to the main Festival at a dedicated venue in the Diggi Palace Hotel

Jaipur BookMark 2018 announces its second edition of ‘The First Book Club New Writers Mentorship Programme’, which invites entries ranging across short-stories, poetry as well as works of fiction or non-fiction from first-time writers across the country. The 2017 edition saw a range of participants, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, belonging to diverse social and linguistic backgrounds. Festival director and author Namita Gokhale says, “We were deeply impressed by the vibrant writing and creative energy displayed in the entries received for the First Book Club last year. We look forward to listening in to more fresh and talented voices at JBM 2018.”

JBM is delighted to announce that Naye Shekhar Ki Jeewni by Avinash Mishra, which was one of the shortlisted entries of ‘The First Book Club New Writers Mentorship Programme’ in 2017, will be published by Vani Prakashan in January 2018!

This year, 20-25 shortlisted participants will be invited to attend Jaipur BookMark on 28th January 2018, and will be given individual feedback by our expert panel of publishers, literary agents, writers and translators, and perhaps get a chance to even sign a book deal. The panel will include Vikas Gupta, Zac O’Yeah, Mita Kapur, Jayapriya Vasudevan, Preeti Gill, Kelly Falconer, Anuj Bahri, Urvashi Butalia, Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal, Esha Chatterjee and Manasi Subramaniam.

The shortlist will be announced on 10th January. The digital media partner for this venture is Scroll.in, an online platform known for bringing into sharp focus the most important political and cultural stories that shape contemporary India. Scroll.in will feature the shortlisted entries of the First Book Club New Writers Mentorship Programme on their platform.

Speaking on this association Arunava Sinha, Translator and Books Editor, Scroll.in said, ‘We are delighted to collaborate with the First Book Club, and publish the shortlisted pieces emerging from this programme showcasing new talent.’

Jaipur BookMark is a parallel B2B segment of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, that brings together publishers, literary agents, writers, translators and book sellers to ‘talk business’ through focused sessions and discussions. It will be held between 24th January-28th January at Diggi Palace, the home of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

The fifth edition of JBM sees new trends and innovation take centre-stage. Nikko Odiseos from Shambhala Books, speakers from Walking BookFairs and Books on the Metro teams will share their passion for the written word at a session that celebrates unusual booksellers and curators who breathe new life into preserving books. A roundtable on digital narratives will examine the potential of a new genre of reading with speakers such as Anurag Kashyap, Anish Chandy, Gaurav Solanki, Arpita Das, and Anu Singh Choudhary. Roundtables on issues such as academic and trade publishing are also set to take place, featuring stalwarts like Manas Saikia, Urvashi Butalia, Ratnesh Jha, Sugata Ghosh and Vikas Gupta, amongst others. A session bringing together festival directors of various Indian and international literary festivals is also on the JBM programming calendar.