Jaipur Lit Fest to focus on women’s issues

Issues that plagued the country last year will feature prominently in the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival to be held from January 24 to 28. Women-related issues and feminism will hold centerstage while former IPS Kiran Bedi and Pavan Choudhary will launch a book, 'Uprising 2010 - Indians Against Corruption', drawing attention to the agitation against corruption in the country.

The sixth edition of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival will play host to subjects as diverse as "the history of miniature painting and war reporting, Sharia Law and gay and lesbian literature, the Jewish novel, the 18th century sexual revolution, detective fiction and the literature of 9/11", organisers said on Friday. The festival, to be held at Diggi Palace here, will bring in an eclectic mix of authors from across the globe.

"The non-fiction list is especially strong this year. We have no less than three winners of the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, Frank Dikkoter on Mao, Wade Davis on Everest and Orlando Figes on Stalin's purges, while Pulitzer winner Andrew Solomon will speak on his remarkable new book, Far From the Tree," an official statement said. Nandan Nilekani will discuss Breakout Nations with Ruchir Sharma, author of this year's bestselling book of non-fiction.

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