JLF Houston

JLF Houston 2019

This September, the "greatest literary show on Earth" returns to Texas with JLF Houston. Following last year’s captivating debut, this year’s festival will host an entirely new collection of panels and activities exploring diverse perspectives and cultural dialogues. Internationally acclaimed authors and thinkers will take part in a range of provocative panels and debates alongside Houston’s best local writers on the thoughts and issues that resonate with our times.

JLF Houston is a partnership of Teamwork Arts, Asia Society Texas Center, Inprint, and the Consulate General of India.

Please check back for detailed schedule information.

Friday Schedule | Saturday ScheduleSpeaker Biographies | About the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 | About Inprint | About Asia Society Texas Center

Friday, September 13, 2019

Inaugural Session: Each Other's Stories
6:30 – 7:15 p.m., Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
Featuring William Dalrymple, Sanjoy K. Roy, Rich Levy, and Consul General of India in Houston Dr. Anupam Ray

Landscapes of Writing
7:15 – 8:30 p.m., Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
• Keynote address by Bapsi Sidhwa
• Poetry reading by Daniela Arnold
JLF Houston is proud to felicitate novelist Bapsi Sidhwa, iconic raconteur of diasporic voices, legendary chronicler of the Indian subcontinent, for her work, voice, and vision. Sidhwa will deliver her keynote address where she speaks of her journey with words, across cultures, and continents.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Please note that Saturday sessions take place in both the Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater and the Allen Education Center.

Morning Music
10 – 10:30 a.m., Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
• Shruthi Vishwanath and Vivek Virani

The Forest of Enchantments
10:45 – 11:30 a.m., Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
• Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in conversation with Rekha Muddaraj
At a time when women are increasingly reclaiming their narratives, award-winning Indian-American writer and poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's new novel The Forest of Enchantments tells the story of the ancient Indian epic the Ramayana but from the perspective of its female protagonist Sita. By placing Sita at the center and bringing to the fore female characters often relegated to the margins, she transforms the tale into a contemporary one. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni who also teaches at the internationally acclaimed writing program at the University of Houston will speak about her book and inspirations with TV anchor and reporter Rekha Muddaraj.

Black Holes: Cosmic Enigmas
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
• Priyamvada Natarajan introduced by David Alexander
Priyamvada Natarajan is a Professor in the departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. Noted for her work in mapping dark matter, dark energy, and black holes, she has authored Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos. Her extraordinary gift for making abstract and complex scientific ideas accessible to general audiences and her commitment to developing strategies to enhance numerical and scientific literacy for the public at large make her an ambassador for learning. She speaks of the missing pieces of the puzzles in our understanding of black holes, and how some of her early theories have recently been vindicated. A fascinating and engrossing session, introduced by David Alexander, Director of the Rice Space Institute, that gives us insights into the nature of our universe.

A Man of Silence: Remembering Raja Rao
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Allen Education Center
• Makarand R. Paranjape in conversation with Sunanda Vashisht
Considered the greatest Indian novelist of the 20th century, K. Raja Rao’s works were deeply rooted in metaphysics. A professor of philosophy at the University of Texas from 1966-1986, he was a recipient of the International Neustadt Prize for Literature. His archives have been acquired by the University of Texas. In conversation with intellectual and activist Sunanda Vashisht, Indian scholar and poet Makarand R. Paranjape pays tribute to Raja Rao’s work and legacy, and speaks of the Raja Rao Publication Project at the University of Texas.

God Save Texas
12:45 – 1:30 p.m., Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater
• Lawrence Wright in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury
Texas is a Republican state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than 20 years. But it is also a state where minorities already form a majority, including the largest number of Muslim adherents in the United States. The cities are Democrat and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports and has an economy only somewhat smaller than Australia's.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright takes us on a journey through what is sometimes described as the most controversial state in America. Having spent most of his life there while remaining deeply aware of its oddities, Wright is as charmed by Texan foibles and landscapes as he is appalled by its politics and brutality. With its economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation producing both extraordinary growth and striking income disparities, Texas, Wright shows, looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. Here, he discusses his work with author Chandrahas Choudhury.

Code Blue: Investigating America's Medical Industry
12:45 – 1:30 p.m., Allen Education Center
• Mike Magee in conversation with Maggie Galehouse
“Code Blue” is the phrase customarily announced over hospital public address systems to alert staff to an urgent medical emergency. In his book, doctor and medical historian Mike Magee offers a compelling expose of the American health care system. In this pertinent session, Magee discusses the many challenges of modern healthcare, the personal side of being a doctor, and ways to improve the system with editor of the Texas Medical Centre's Pulse magazine Maggie Galehouse.

Migrant Words
1:45 – 2:30 p.m., Brown Foundation Theater
• Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Mira Jacob in conversation with Ussama Makdisi
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award winning Indian-American poet and writer whose work addresses themes of immigration and self-discovery where the women often struggle to carve their identities as they move from their homes to new worlds. Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir Good Talk looks at questions of race and identity through the eyes of a brown mother raising her biracial son in America. Divakaruni and Jacob speak about their work and the process of breaking myths and stereotypes in their writing.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape
1:45 – 2:30 p.m., Allen Education Center
• Tarfia Faizullah, Lacy M. Johnson, and Sohaila Abdulali in conversation
“Words are the enemy of impunity.” Sohaila Abdulali writes as a survivor, counselor and activist about the global conversation around rape. In The Other Side and The Reckoning, Lacy M. Johnson talks about her personal experience of sexual violence, and shares her thoughts on retribution and justice. Tarfia Faizullah's collection Seam explores the experiences of the thousands of Bangladeshi women raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Liberation War of 1971. Together they speak of the issues and silences around the subject. A moving session on what we talk about when we talk about rape.

Good Talk: Drawing Conversation
2:45 – 3:30 p.m., Brown Foundation Theater
• Mira Jacob in conversation
Good Talk is a graphic memoir that grapples with tough conversations about family, race, love, identity, and the ways they change us. Here, Mira Jacob, one of the most recent stars of the South Asian literary diaspora, talks about her latest book.

The Reading Room
2:45 – 3:30 p.m., Allen Education Center
• Susan Abulhawa, Monique Truong, and Edward Carey in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury
Writers speak about ways of seeing and recording, and how they navigate words across countries and cultures. Novelist Monique Truong’s latest book, The Sweetest Fruits, imagines the extraordinary lives of three women who loved an extraordinary man, the globe-trotting writer Lafcadio Hearn.
Palestinian writer Susan Abulhawa's The Blue Between Sky and Water explores the legacy of dispossession across continents and generations through the stories of flawed yet profoundly courageous women. Playwright, illustrator, and author Edward Carey’s Little is a wry, macabre, and unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in revolutionary Paris. Chandrahas Choudhury is the author of Clouds, a double-sided story about three people in search of love in 21st century Mumbai alongside that of an ancient Indian religion devoted to the beauty and mystery of clouds. In a session of readings and conversations, they speak of the voice and nuance of their work.

The Healing
3:45 – 4:30 p.m., Brown Foundation Theater
• Manisha Koirala in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala shares the highs and lows of her life, her career, relationships, and her battle with ovarian cancer. In conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, she speaks of the pressures of her film career, the life choices she was compelled to make, and how she redefined her priorities and regained a sense of balance and well-being. A no-holds-barred session about the emotional roller-coaster ride of Koirala’s life post-diagnosis, her learnings and inspirations, and the process of healing.

Kabir in Poetry and Music
3:45 – 4:30 p.m., Allen Education Center
• Purushottam Agrawal and Shruthi Vishwanath in conversation with Vivek Virani
The songs of Kabira, the 15th century Indian poet, carry the legacy of the “living word”. Born to a family of Muslim weavers, he is revered both as a Sufi mystic and a Hindu devotional saint. An outspoken critic of blind faith and ritual practices, his poems reveal an ideology of love and simplicity. The simple power of his words, spoken and often sung in the colloquial tongue, carry resonance around the world even today. In a session of performance and discussion, scholar Purushottam Agrawal alongside musician and teacher Shruthi Vishwanath invoke the medieval mystic in conversation with Professor of Ethnomusicology Vivek Virani.

The American Model in the Middle East
4:45 – 5:30 p.m., Brown Foundation Theater
• Susan Abulhawa and Lawrence Wright in conversation with William Dalrymple
Susan Abulhawa is one of the most political of Arab-American novelists who, through her work, has grappled with the human consequences of western foreign policy on the region of her ancestry. Lawrence Wright has done the same but from the perspective of a Pulitzer-winning writer of nonfiction. Here, the two talk about their different perspectives with William Dalrymple.

4:45 – 5:30 p.m., Allen Education Center
• Tarfia Faizullah, Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton, Usha Akella, and Makarand R. Paranjape in conversation with Rich Levy
Searching for the sources of the poetic imagination, five poets speak of the muses that inspire them. Award-winning Tarfia Faizullah is the author of two poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages and Seam. Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is the first African-American Poet Laureate of Houston. Usha Akella is the founder of Matwaala, the first South Asian Poetry Fest in the USA, and most recently author of the poetry collection The Waiting. Makarand R. Paranjape is currently Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, India and the author/editor of dozens of books. In a powerful session of readings and conversation, in conversation with Rich Levy, Executive Director of Inprint and author of the poetry collection Why Me?, they invoke the power of the word and give voice to their poetry.

The Anarchy
5:45 – 6:30 p.m., Brown Foundation Theater
• William Dalrymple introduced by Sanjoy K. Roy
In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army, what we would now call an act of involuntary privatization.
The East India Company’s founding charter authorized it to “wage war” and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than 500 years, it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company’s reach stretched until almost all of India and was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.
The Anarchy charts how one of the world’s most magnificent empires disintegrated and how it came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before

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About the Speakers

Sohaila Abdulali | Susan Abulhawa | Purushottam Agrawal | Usha Akella | David Alexander | Daniela Arnold | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni | Edward Carey | Chandrahas Choudhury | William Dalrymple | Tarfia Faizullah | Maggie Galehouse | Mira Jacob | Lacy M. Johnson | Manisha Koirala | Rich Levy | Mike Magee | Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton | Rekha Muddaraj | Priyamvada Natarajan | Makarand R. Paranjape | Sanjoy K. Roy | Bapsi Sidhwa | Monique Truong | Sunanda Vashisht | Vivek Virani | Shruthi VishwanathLawrence Wright

Sohaila Abdulali

Sohaila Abdulali has published two novels, The Madwoman of Jogare and Year of the Tiger, three children’s books, short stories and many non-fiction pieces. Her latest book is What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape.

Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa is the most widely read Palestinian novelist of all time. Her debut novel, Mornings in Jenin, is considered a classic and became an international bestseller, translated into 28 languages.  Other works include The Blue Between Sky and Water and My Voice Sought The Wind, as well as several anthology collections. She is a member of the Organizing Committee for USACBI (US Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) and the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, a non-profit children's organization dedicated to upholding the Right to Play.

Purushottam Agrawal

Purushottam Agrawal is a renowned scholar of early modern poetry and the author of a definitive study of Kabir titled Akath Kahani Prem Ki: Kabir Ki Kavita Aur Unka Samay. His novel Nachus constructs a Kafkaesque fantasy around the politics of hurt sentiments. His Padmavat: An Epic Love Story, a sensitive reading of Jayasi’s classic, has been extremely well received. His latest work is Who is Bharat Mata? Nehru on History, Culture and the Idea of India.

Usha Akella

Usha Akella is the founder of Matwaala, the first South Asian poetry festival in the United States. In 2019, she earned an MSt in Creative Writing from Cambridge University, UK. Her most recent poetry book was published by the Sahitya Akademi.

David Alexander

David Alexander is a professor at Rice University and Director of the Rice Space Institute. Dr. Alexander was recently named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society. He received his doctorate on Relativistic Cosmological Models from the University of Glasgow in 1989.

Daniela Arnold

Daniela Arnold is a poet, singer, and actress. Arnold attends St. John’s School in Houston, Texas and hopes to be on Broadway one day. She has published three poetry books titled Daniela’s Big Book of Poppin’ Poetry, How to Make a Monster’s Birthday Cake, and Brains in a Bucket.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling novelist, poet, activist, and teacher of writing. She has won many awards, including the American Book Award and the Premio Scanno. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies while her books have been translated into 29 languages. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. She teaches at the internationally acclaimed writing program at the University of Houston.

Edward Carey

Edward Carey is a writer and illustrator whose books include The Iremonger Trilogy, Observatory Mansions, and Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City. His artwork has been exhibited in Florence, Collodi, Kilkenny, Milan, London, and Austin while his writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Corriere della Serra, La Repubblica, and other publications. His most recent novel Little, was published in 2018 and has been sold in 16 countries. A new novel, tentatively called Fish House, will be published in 2020. He is currently working on his eighth book whilst on a Guggenheim fellowship.

Chandrahas Choudhury

Chandrahas Choudhury is a novelist and essayist based in Delhi, and author of the novels Clouds and Arzee the Dwarf. In 2010, he was a visiting fellow at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He is also the editor of a short introduction to India for the literary-minded traveler, India: A Traveler's Literary Companion.

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is a bestselling author of numerous books, including Return of a King: An Indian Army in Afghanistan and Kohinoor, co-written with Anita Anand. His awards include the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize. His latest book is The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire. Dalrymple is one of the founders and a co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of two award-winning poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated and Seam. Her writing appears widely in magazines, periodicals, is translated into multiple languages, and has been displayed at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. Faizullah is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing.

Maggie Galehouse

Maggie Galehouse is the editor of Pulse, the award-winning monthly magazine of the Texas Medical Center. A career journalist, Galehouse was the books editor of The Houston Chronicle and has also worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Arizona Republic, and The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, The Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Her writing and drawings have appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Tin House, Literary Hub, Guernica, Vogue, The Telegraph, and Buzzfeed, and she has a drawn column on Shondaland. She currently teaches at The New School, and she is a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College. 

Lacy M Johnson

Lacy M. Johnson is a professor, curator, activist, and author of the essay collection The Reckonings, the widely-acclaimed memoir The Other Side, and Trespasses. She teaches creative non-fiction at Rice University and is the Founding Director of the Houston Flood Museum.

Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala is one of India’s leading film actors. Born in Nepal, Koirala made her Bollywood debut with Saudagar in 1991 and went on to establish herself in films such as 1942: A Love Story, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Bombay, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dil Se, Mann, Lajja, and Company. She took a break from acting in 2012 to return five years later with the coming-of-age drama Dear Maya, Netflix’s Lust Stories, and Sanju. She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999 and 2015, and was involved in the relief work after the Nepal earthquake. She promotes causes such as women’s rights, prevention of human trafficking, and cancer awareness. Koirala was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and has been cancer-free since 2015.

Rich Levy

Rich Levy is a poet and, since 1995, executive director of Inprint, a literary organization in Houston, Texas. His collections include Why Me? and the letterpress chapbook One or Two Lights, and his poems have appeared in various publications, including Boulevard, Callaloo, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, The Hopkins Review, Pool, The Texas Observer, and more. 

Mike Magee

Mike Magee, MD, is a medical historian, journalist, and author of CODE BLUE: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex. From his beginnings as a country doctor, he rose to senior executive positions at Pennsylvania Hospital, and head of global medical affairs for Pfizer. He is editor of HealthCommentary.org.

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known writer, educator, and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. Ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World, she is the author of Newsworthy and has penned a libretto for the Houston Grand Opera, which will debut in March 2020.

Rekha Muddaraj

Rekha Muddaraj anchors the 4PM News weekdays on KHOU 11. She is an Emmy-award winning reporter and has covered several major stories in the Houston area. A graduate of the Walter Cronkite Journalism School, she donates her time to causes including Pratham and the Alzheimer's Association.

Priyamvada Natarajan

Priyamvada Natarajan is an astrophysicist and Professor at Yale. She has made seminal contributions to our current understanding of the formation and growth of black holes, and of the nature of dark matter by mapping it using gravitational lensing. A recipient of many awards and honors, she is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos.

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R. Paranjape is currently Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla. He has been Professor of English at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University for 18 of his 38 years as a university teacher. He is the author of some 20 and editor of over two-dozen books, in addition to hundreds of academic papers and popular articles. His latest books include Debating the 'Post' Condition in India, Cultural Politics in Modern India, and The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi. Paranjape is currently a columnist for DNA, Mail Today, and The Print.

Sanjoy K. Roy

Sanjoy K. Roy is Managing Director of Teamwork Arts. Roy is a founder-trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust working to provide services for street and working children in Delhi. He also works closely with various industry bodies on policy issues within the cultural space in India.

Bapsi Sidhwa

Bapsi Sidhwa is a Houston-based author. Her novels are Cracking India, Crow Eaters, Pakistani Bride, American Brat, and Water. Cracking India and Water were adapted into the film 1947: Earth by Deepa Mehta. She has won several awards, including a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliff, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, LiBeraturepreis Germany, and the Primo Mondello Italy. 

Monique Truong

Monique Truong is the author of the novels The Book of Salt, Bitter in the Mouth, and The Sweetest Fruits. Her work has been published in 15 countries. Her awards and honors include the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award. 

Sunanda Vashisht

Sunanda Vashisht is a writer, political commentator, and columnist. She writes for several news portals and has been a columnist for the Mumbai-based Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper. Her area of focus has been conflict ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir and she has written extensively on the conflict in what is considered the most volatile region of South Asia.

Vivek Virani

Vivek Virani is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Music Theory at the University of North Texas. Dr. Virani’s research explores connections between music and spirituality in diverse religious and cultural traditions, with a focus on the construction of beliefs, community, and self through musical performance. His current book project explores how Kabir songs, originating in the Malvi oral tradition, have come to address central questions of religion, national identity, and self-authorship in India. He is also a versatile musician, trained in Hindustani classical music.

Shruthi Vishwanath

Shruthi Vishwanath is a singer and composer who specializes in mystic music of the Indian subcontinent. Her work lies at the intersections of folk and classical, intellectual and visceral, and she takes a keen interest in composing and reviving sung poetry by women. She regularly performs and teaches both in India and overseas.

Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of nine previous books of non-fiction, including In the New World, The Looming Tower, Going Clear, Thirteen Days in September, and The Terror Years, and one novel, God’s Favorite. His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower (now a series on Hulu). He is also a playwright and screenwriter. 

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About the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe. The Festival’s core values remain unchanged; to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.

Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue. Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple alongside producers Teamwork Arts invite speakers to take part in the five-day program set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur. Past speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk and Muhammad Yunus, Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty, Sahitya Akademi winners Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, as well as the late Mahasweta Devi and U.R. Ananthamurthy, along with literary superstars including Amish Tripathy, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, and Vikram Seth.

An annual event that goes beyond literature, the Festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces it along with over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally. Over the years, Teamwork Arts has produced ZEE JLF at The British Library, Boulder, Houston, New York, Adelaide, and coming up in 2019 in Belfast and Toronto.

Website: www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org

About Inprint

Inprint, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with the mission of inspiring readers and writers, has helped to transform Houston into a diverse and thriving literary metropolis. Inprint directly serves more than 15,000 Houstonians annually with low-cost or free literary performances for adults and children featuring leading writers; writers workshops for the general public, senior citizens, K-12 teachers, veterans, healthcare providers, the incarcerated, and more; and support for some of the world’s top emerging creative writers, in the form of fellowships and prizes - more than $4 million, to date.

About Asia Society Texas Center

With 14 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the rest of the world. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.

Performing Arts and Culture programs are presented by Wells Fargo. Major support for Performing Arts programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Anchorage Foundation. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, Miller Theatre Advisory Board, New England Foundation for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. Jaipur Literature Festival is produced by Teamwork Arts in partnership with Asia Society Texas Center and Inprint.

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Event Details

Fri 13 Sep 2019 - Sat 14 Sep 2019
10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77004


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