The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (now also shortened to JLF Colorado) takes place in in a few select locations on the planet, including Boulder, the first in North America. Billed as the largest FREE literary festival in the world, it brings distinguished international authors to share their ideas, thoughts and words to a local audience. Returning to Boulder for the fifth year, the festival takes place at the Main Boulder Public Library on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Speakers and panelists include writers and thinkers whose presentations elsewhere around the globe often are costly to attend. The library is a short walk from the heart of downtown Boulder with its abundant restaurants, and the Boulder Country Farmers’ Market is just a couple of blocks to the east, but on-site food options have been expanded this year. This includes the OZO Coffee and Tea Lounge in the Boulder Public Library Treehouse, offering FREE coffee, snacks and Bhakti Chai.
Click here for a list of writers and thinkers on the program and here for the schedule of enlightening, engaging and thought-provoking readings, panels and conversations. While all sessions are free, registration is required, either online or at the venue itself. The registration site now includes optional price levels, starting at $30, but you can still register for FREE by scrolling down on the page or by clicking here. It has sometimes been squirrely, showing the program in the new venues of Toronto or Texas, but we urge you to attend anyway. It is so worthwhile.
Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.