Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
The Jaipur Literature Festival, an offshoot of the largest free literary festival in the world, is held in Boulder each fall. Established in India 10 years ago and drawing international acclaim, this three-day gathering of readers and writers celebrates literature across the globe, as well as local and regional writers.
During JLF@Boulder, visitors can enjoy 50 sessions with world-renowned authors, speakers and musicians from across the globe. There will be talks, readings, musical performances and writing workshops as part of the free, three-day festival. In keeping with the festival's much-lauded format, it will kick off with stirring morning music session and end with a riveting debate.
Approximately 80 authors from around the world will appear, giving presentations, readings, lectures and panel discussions. These will take place at the Boulder Public Library.
Special guest speakers in Boulder last year includeed Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Vietnamese American 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer, and David Goulson, author of the bestselling A Sting in the Tale and A Buzz in the Meadow and the founder of England’s Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Each year, a number of themes are explored. In 2016, those included immigration, politics and conflict; environmental concerns such as fracking, climate change, the declining bee population, famine and water conservation; poetic imagination; and contemporary Native American life.
A full program of workshops with internationally renowned authors, actors, and musicians for children and families will also be offered each day. These address topics including "Engaging with the Arts and Storytelling," "Stories My Grandmother Told Me," "Whats Your Story? Creating Collage Art That Tells A Story," "The Sound of Music/Sunaad," "Stories in Motion" and "The Resistance and Resilience of Heartwork."
While the festival activities are free to all members of the community, attendees must register ahead of time as participants. (Pre-registration helps with estimating attendance numbers for venues.)
For more information and the festival schedule, visit JLF at Boulder’s website.