Third edition of ZEE JLF AT BOULDER runs September 15-17



Ø  ZEE JLF at Boulder returns for the third edition at the Boulder Public Library from September 15-17, 2017

Ø  Over 70 authors from across the world feature at ZEE JLF at Boulder 2017 including Michael Rezendes from the Boston Globe’s famed ‘Spotlight’ team who exposed the Catholic church scandal; Suki Kim, the only reporter to have gone undercover in North Korea; author-columnist, diplomat, and current Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna; iconic poet Anne Waldman; diplomat and author Vikas Swarup of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame; Christina Lamb author of “The Africa House” and “I Am Malala”, co-authored with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai; Emmy Award-winning writer Kayhan Irani and Alberto Ruy-Sánchez, fiction and non-fiction writer, poet and essayist from Mexico City.

Ø  With a tradition of setting literary discussions against a cultural backdrop, ZEE JLF at Boulder features an exhibition by awardees of the Ojas Art Award 2017 and musical performances to begin and end the daily program of the Festival.

Ø  In its long standing partnership with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Festival also presents a session titled “Patriot Games: Contextualizing Nationalism” on September 10 at MoMA in New York.


The US edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival returns for the third year at the Boulder Public Library from September 15 – 17, 2017 with a promise to Get High on Literature!


A festival of literature from all over the world, ZEE JLF at Boulder, Colorado is an event unlike any other. Free and accessible to everyone, rich with words and ideas, it is a bite sized platter for US audiences to experience ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’ as ZEE JLF has been often called. The Festival examines the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors from across the globe.


ZEE JLF at Boulder kicks off on Friday, September 15th at the Boulder Public Library, featuring more than 70 authors from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe in provocative conversations about life and society, economics and the arts, equity, freedom, and the care of our planet. The program includes over 40 sessions spread over three days covering themes that include migration and cultural appropriation, 100 years of the Russian Revolution, feminism across cultures, journalism and reportage, nature and the environment, U.S. gun culture, Native American rights, yoga and meditation, constitutions, LGBT, Latino, African American and Native American voices.

Some of the highlight sessions from ZEEJLF at Boulder include:


Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions – Suki Kim, born in South Korea, is the author of acclaimed novel “The Interpreter” and The New York Times bestselling nonfiction book “Without You There Is No Us: Undercover Amongst the Sons of North Korea’s elite” on her six months undercover investigation in North Korea. In conversation with award-winning Canadian-Egyptian novelist and journalist Omar El Akkad, they speak of chronicling our troubled times and bridging the dysfunctionalities and distances between cultures and continents.


Spotlight – Famed journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Rezendes is a member of The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. In conversation with Mukund Padmanabhan, Editor in Chief of the iconic Indian newspaper, The Hinduhe speaks of the values, veracity and commitment required for investigative journalism and the changing definitions of news in the current media landscape.


Slumdog Millionaire – Diplomat Vikas Swarup’s first novel “Slumdog Millionaire” went on to become the runaway hit film of the same name that won eight Academy Awards in 2009. Currently the Indian Ambassador to Canada, Swarup speaks about his books, his life and learnings, and his travels during his tenure as an Indian diplomat, in conversation with journalist Namita Bhandare.


The Russian Revolution: A Hundred Years Later – The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a watershed in world history where the Bolsheviks party established the first Marxist state in the world. Strikes, protests and demonstrations, including food riots, mostly by women, helped spark the uprising that led to the downfall of the tsar in February and prepared the way for the triumph of the Bolsheviks the following fall. Barbara A. Engel and David Shneer speak in a riveting session about the events that preceded and followed the revolution as well as its legacy today.


The Beat Generation – The Beat Generation, which rose to prominence in America in the post-war era, inspired a culture of nonconformity and social revolution. The radical poets, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, embodied personal freedom and nonconformity. Their fellow poet, the iconic Anne Waldman, in conversation with poet and translator Andrew Schelling, reads, resurrects, deconstructs and declaims poetry and inspirations from The Beat Generation.


The Girl From Aleppo  – Christina Lamb is author of ”The Africa House” and ”I Am Malala”, co-authored with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. In conversation with journalist Ishaan Tharoorshe talks of her time reporting on conflict zones, including Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, her latest book “The Girl from Aleppo”, and how her experiences have influenced her works and writings.


The Feminism Across Cultures: Breaking Boundaries – The politics of feminism is constantly evolving even as some issues remain unchanged. Whether it’s hijab politics or menstruation stigma, domestic violence or sexual abuse, gender pay gaps or leadership vacuums, today’s generation of feminists finds common causes that straddle the globe. Using new mediums like social media, can we forge new alliances and links that go beyond geographical boundaries? Anita AnandAnne Waldman,Jeanine Canty and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Namita Bhandare.


Migrations – Human beings are a nomadic species, and migrations remain a constant part of human history. Economic migrants, political refugees, immigrants and emigrants chart new languages and societies, navigating exile and discovery, alienation and acceptance. Panelists from across continents and cultures speak of their individual experiences and perceptions. Devesh KapurDan-el Padilla Peralta and Kayhan Irani in conversation with Marcia Douglas.


These and many more sessions, panel discussions, conversations, presentations and performances surrounding various topics of world interest will be presented over the three-day Festival. More details and the full program can be found at


Much like the flagship ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in India, ZEE JLF at Boulder features art and cultural showcases including an exhibition from the awardees of the Ojas Art Award 2017 for traditional Bheel Art from one of the many tribal communities from India. Audiences can look forward to spell-binding musical performances including Sacred Chanting by the Gaden Shartse Monks on Friday, September 15Morning Music by Deborah Marshall & Nan Shannon on Saturday, September 16 and Songs of Mirabai by Vinata Gangolli accompanied by Arvind Sathe and recitations by Andrew Schelling on the morning Sunday, September 17. Lisa Marie Simmons’ NoteSpeak Project with special guest Miles Simmons will perform at the Evening Music on Saturday, September 16.


ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, in its long standing partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, also features a session at MoMA in New York on Sunday, September 10Presented through MoMA’s post presents series of talks devoted to the cross-geographical consideration of modern and contemporary art, the session features Urvashi Butalia, Bouchra Khalili, Bruce Robbins, and Eyal Weizman in conversation with Marie Brenner on “Patriot Games: Contextualizing Nationalism”. The accelerating changes and unrelenting disruptions of globalization have led to a severe backlash and regression into simplistic racial, tribal and national identities. The panel examines the psychology of the nation state, as well as the vision of the human species as inhabitants of a shared planet.



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About the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder, Colorado

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in India is the world’s largest free literature festival, drawing some 350,000 footfalls at Diggi Palace in the Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur, this past January. The festival serves as a beacon of free speech around the world, and has inspired more than 200 other literature festivals, both in India and other countries. ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival wasrecently awarded ‘Best Festival’ at the Outlook Traveller Awards in India.
Dubbed “the greatest literary show on Earth,” ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival successfully expanded to London in 2014, and selected Boulder as its only U.S. location in 2015. Voted the U.S.’s brainiest (more PhDs per capita than any other US city) happiest and foodiest city, the Festival was wildly successful in its first two years in Boulder. Festival organizers expect more than 10,000 people to attend this year from throughout the country and around the world.


The 2016 ZEE JLF at Boulder saw close to 7,000 people attending the three-day Festival. 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 discovery spanned life and society, economics and the arts, equity, freedom and the care of our planet.
ZEE JLF at Boulder takes place at the Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. A week of pre-events will be held at the Main Boulder Public Library and other locations. There is no admission fee, but attendees must register. For more information, confirmed speakers, and registration, visit