Published On: Tue, Jan 17th, 2017

Jaipur BookMark, The Book in All its Dimensions Opens tomorrow at Diggi Palace Hotel

Jaipur: The fourth edition of Jaipur BookMark (JBM) opens tomorrow with a full day of industry focused business to business programming on 18th January at Diggi Palace followed by JBM sessions at a dedicated venue within the Festival site from the 19th – 22nd January. JBM continues to provide a platform for publishers, literary agents, translation agencies and writers to meet, talk business deals and listen to major industry players from across the world.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 18 January, JBM opens with morning music from Sukriti Sen followed by the inaugural session with Her Excellency Harinder Sidhu (Australian High Commissioner to India), Namita Gokhale, Sanjoy K. Roy, Neeta Gupta and Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal.

The inauguration is followed by a keynote session with celebrated publisher, writer and linguist Roberto Calasso talking about the Art of Publishing and the launch of this year’s JBM Global Translation Rights Catalogue.

Jaipur BookMark focuses on the art and business of translation. In a series of sessions titled Twice Told Tales, authors and translators come together for intimate readings of their new works including Roberto Calasso’s Ardor, Vivek Shanbhag’s Ghachar Ghochar and U.R. Anantamurthy’s seminal Bara. There are also sessions discussing Mahasweta Devi and Rabindranath Tagore, and hot topics around translation and cultural politics. The Vani Foundation Translation Award will be announced in association with Teamwork Arts.

The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize Announcement is on 21 January with jury members Priti Paul, Dayanita Singh, Aman Nath, Alka Pande and Namita Gokhale.

Issues facing the publishing industry, the rise of digital, the evolution of visual storytelling in India and graphic design are all discussed with speakers including Charlie Redmayne, Ananth Padmanabhan, Cate Blake, Urvashi Butalia and Naveen Kishore.

Sanjoy K. Roy, Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple from the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will host a Round Table of Festival Directors and Lit Prize Directors from across the world at Jaipur BookMark to discuss their vision and agenda.

In a new initiative, The First-Book Club brings aspiring authors shortlisted for the New Writers’ Mentorship Programme and the Bloggers Competition the fantastic opportunity of a special one-on-one session where they are assessed by industry experts. And finally look out for insights in sessions marked JBM@JLF in the main festival programme.

Writer and Festival Director Namita Gokhale says, “The Jaipur Bookmark, in its fourth year now, has created a crucial space for publishers, writers and the book trade to creatively connect and share ideas and strategies, within India and internationally. Our special focus on translations in the 2017 edition helps South Asian literatures resonate with each other and the world. Jaipur Bookmark will catalyse new opportunities and understanding for publishing in the region.”

Director of Jaipur BookMark, Neeta Gupta says, “India offers a rich landscape of writing and Jaipur BookMark is well placed to showcase the best of such writing and to help facilitate the sale and exchange of rights both between Indian languages and internationally.”

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