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The popular & celebrated Neil Gaiman to speak at JLF Brave New World

Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, launched “JLF Brave New World”, an online literature series to celebrate books, their power and positivity at a time when a global pandemic locked the world down into isolated compartments and deglobalisation became the new normal.

This weekend, British author Neil Gaiman, a master of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films, will be in conversation with author and journalist Nilanjana S. Roy about his life and work, and how he is surviving the lockdown. The session titled “Good Omens” will be live-streamed on Saturday, 20th June, at 7:00pm IST. Audiences will be able to access the session on the Festival’s official social media platforms including FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

Neil Gaiman was scheduled to visit the 2019 edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, but could not come due to other personal commitments. He informed his Indian fans about not being able to be a part of the Festival through twitter. Neil Gaiman is credited as one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as among the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. His most notable work includes the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He is the recipient of many awards including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. His most popular works Good Omens and American Gods have been adapted to TV Series.

It has been more than two months since the launch of this weekly tranche of fascinating conversations between some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers and the response from literary enthusiasts and book-lovers has been heart warming. The series has hosted sessions crackling with ideas, wit and intellect, with speakers like Abhijit V. Banerjee, Asma Khan, Benjamin Moser, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Colm Toibin, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ira Mukhoty, Jhumpa Lahiri, Manu S. Pillai, Margaret Atwood, Orhan Pamuk, Paul Muldoon, Peter Frankopan, Peter Carey, Peter Morgan, Ruskin Bond, Rupi Kaur, Shubha Mudgal, Shashi Tharoor, Siddhartha Mukherjee, to name a few.

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