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JLF 2016: Day One Must-Attends

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood arrives for the 2008 Prince of Asturias award ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. Atwood won the prize for Letters.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

(Schedule is subject to changes, check the daily agenda usually posted by the reception for last minute venue switches.)

If you're lucky, you're already in Jaipur by the time you're reading this, and it's a bright and early 9 am, and you can trundle off to catch the very first literary event: Margaret Atwood's keynote address at 9.30 am on the Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Front Lawns. Also speaking with Atwood is Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, speaking on the legacy of her grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi.

11.10 am: Legends

The always charming Ruskin Bond speaking to publisher Ravi Singh about the writing life. Charbagh

Irish author extraordinaire Colm Toibin talks about his life and work with journalist and author Chandrahas Choudhury. Front Lawns.

The crowd at Jaipur Literature Festival in 2014.

12.25 pm: Origins

Historian Cyprian Broodbank talks about man's earliest ancestors in the Mediterranean in what promises to be a fascinating look at our origins. Mughal Tent.

From small town boy to big city media mogul, Subhash Chandra, promoter of ZEE TV talks about his life with Rajya Sabha MP and journalist MJ Akbar and Chairman of Enam Securities Vallabh Bhansali. Front Lawns.

1.40 pm: Lunch Launch

If you're a fan of Delhi's Indian Accent restaurant, then you should go watch the head chef launch the Indian Accent Restaurant Cookbook. Mughal Tent.

2.30 pm: Compatriots

Alexander McCall Smith talks to fellow Scot William Dalrymple. You'll probably be here anyway. Front Lawns

Dalit poetry, social interrogation and empowerment with activist and writer Bant Singh, journalist Nirupama Dutt and journalist Desraj Kali. Charbagh

3.45 pm: Money

Karan Johar answering questions instead of asking them, with author Poonam Saxena in conversation with author Shobhaa De. Front Lawns.

Karan Johar.

Author Sebastian Mallaby talks about the history of hedge funds and the future of finance with journalist Mihir Sharma. Durbar Hall.

5.15 pm: Travellers

Booker winner Marlon James on his Caribbean roots and how that's influenced his writing in conversation with author Patrick French. Charbagh.

Christina Lamb (co-author of I Am Malala) on Afghanistan in conversation with journalist Jonathan Shainin. Baithak.

Anabel Lloyd talks about the journals of Mary, Countess of Minto and the British Raj with journalist Pragya Tiwari. Durbar Hall.

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