Sri Lankan-born novelist Michael Ondaatje, Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto, Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri and New Yorker editor David Remnick are among the big names on the literary high street that will grace the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2012 from Jan 20-24.
The festival will focus on subjects like vegetarianism, Bhakti and Sufi traditions, Arab Spring, Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar and Anna Hazare, writing from conflict zones, theatre and related issues.
It will play host to over 200 speakers from across the globe who will debate, discuss and read from their works over four days at the Diggi Palace -- an old family mansion turned heritage property in Jaipur.
Said co-director of the festival, writer William Dalrymple: "The 2012 edition of the festival has the best line up of writers ever."
"I am particularly proud to have brought Tom Stoppard and David Hare, two of our greatest living playwrights; cutting edge writers of non-fiction like Amy Chua, Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker; and great novelists such as Annie Proulx, Ben Okri, Jonathan Safran Foer and Michael Ondaatje, as well as the editor of the New Yorker, David Remnick known for his frontline reports of the Arab Spring and the art of writing for stage and screen," Dalrymple said.