The JCB Prize for Literature presents its 2018 winner and other stars at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur: India’s richest literary award, the JCB Prize for Literature, presents a special discussion series at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, offering audiences a deeper insight into the winner of the 2018 Prize, the shortlisted books, and the jury. The greatest books of the year will also be available in the JCB Prize for Literature Festival Bookstore, managed by Full Circle, where authors will be interacting with the attendees and signing books.
The JCB Prize for Literature Series comprises four sessions with an exciting line-up of speakers, including the winner of the 2018 JCB Prize for Literature, Benyamin, and his translator Shahnaz Habib; shortlisted authors Amitabha Bagchi, Anuradha Roy, and Perumal Murugan; jury member Priyamvada Natarajan and Harish Trivedi from the advisory council.
The list of sessions is as follows:
• On January 24th, we have ‘One Indian Literature’ where jury member Priyamvada Natarajan, advisory council member Harish Trivedi, and founder of Seagull Books, Naveen Kishore, discuss how Indian literature is cosmopolitan with many languages, cultures, and histories, but is rarely seen together. In these times of political and cultural fragmentation, how do we see it as one?
• The session on 25th January, ‘Jasmine Days: Winner of the 2018 JCB Prize for Literature’, will have Benyamin talk about his writing process, the political duty of writers as well as the literary and stylistic choices he made while writing his novel that won him 25 lakhs. He will be in conversation with his translator Shahnaz Habib, writer N.S. Madhavan, and executive editor of Mathrubhumi Rajeev Punnoli.
• On the same day, shortlisted authors Amitabha Bagchi (Half the Night is Gone) and Anuradha Roy (All the Lives we Never Lived) will be in conversation with author Malashri Lal in the session ‘The Craft of Fiction’. They will read from their novels, explore the craft of fiction, and share the techniques they have employed in their celebrated works.
• On 27th January, there is ‘Poonachi: A Story of Our Times’. Shortlisted author Perumal Murugan along with his translator N. Kalyan Raman and publisher Kannan Sundaram will chat with author Anita Nair about Poonachi: The Story of a Black Goat, of the choices before us as a society and as a nation, and the increasing vulnerability of artists and writers.

“The 2018 JCB Prize for Literature culminates at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019. It is truly exciting to bring the greatest books from the country to a large audience of readers and lovers of literature from different parts of the world.” – Rana Dasgupta, Literary Director

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