André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar. He is The New York Times bestselling author of Call Me by Your Name and Find Me as well as of several other novels, memoirs and essay collections. Aciman is the director of The Writers’ Institute and is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at the University of Oxford, and Associate Director of the Silk Roads Studies programme at King’s College Cambridge. He is the author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, The First Crusade: The Call from the East and The New Silk Roads.
Shobhaa De has written extensively on India’s socio-cultural-political contours for over four decades. Her books include several bestsellers such as Socialite Evenings, Starry Nights, Superstar India, Sethji and Seventy…And to Hell With It! A widely read columnist in leading publications, she is known for her outspoken views, making her one of India’s most respected opinion shapers. Her most recently published book is Srilaaji.
Namita Gokhale is an award-winning writer and festival director. She has written twenty books, including 11 works of fiction. Her recent novel, Jaipur Journals, was released in 2020. Betrayed By Hope, a play on the tragic life of the poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt, was also published last year. A co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Gokhale is committed to supporting translations and curating literary dialogues across languages and cultures.
William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, Age of Kali, White Mughals, The Last Mughal, Nine Lives, Return of a King and Kohinoor. He has won many awards, including the Wolfson Prize for History, the Hemingway, the Kapuscinski, the Thomas Cook, and the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize. He has also been awarded the Arthur Ross Bronze Medal of the US Council on Foreign Relations and the prestigious President’s Medal by the British Academy. His most recent books are The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company and Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company. Dalrymple is one of the founders and a co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
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