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    The festival will have discussions on topics ranging from literature to economics, theatre, news and the current political climate. One of the themes of the festival is ‘The Freedom to Dream: India at 70’. “This is India’s 70th year of Independence and in that spirit, we wanted to start a conversation about democracy and what it means in today’s context,” says Sanjoy Roy, the producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, which has previously hosted writers such as Margaret Atwood, Oprah Winfrey, Salman Rushdie and Stephen Fry. This time around, the list is no less impressive.

    Alice Walker
    This American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist is making her first visit to JLF. Walker was the first African-American wmark_haddonoman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her seminal novel, The Color Purple.

    Mark Haddon
    British novelist Mark Haddon is best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He writes for both children and adults.

    Simon Winchester
    Winchester is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster. His books include, The Professor and the Madman (which is about his postings across the globe as a journalist) and Pacific (a biography of the Pacific Ocean).

    Vikram ChNoViolet bulawayo_2andra
    Chandra’s seminal novel, Sacred Games is said to give the most accurate picture of Mumbai and its mysteries, and was recently picked for a Netflix original series. His other novels, Red Earth and Pouring Rain and Love and Longing in Bombay, have won equal critical acclaim.

    NoViolet Bulawayo
    This Zimbabwean author made her presence felt when she was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, and was the first black African woman to do so. Her debut novel, We Need New Names, is a coming-of-age tale.
    Entry free. January 19-23, 2017. At Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Details: jaipurliteraturefestival.org

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