Jaipur Literary Festival: The Last Queen
Where: The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park S.
212-475-3424 Price: Free, donation suggested
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With hundreds of thousands of spectators worldwide, mini-festivals from Houston to Doha, and speakers like Ken Follett, Patrick Radden Keefe and Jonathan Franzen, the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival is known as “the greatest literary show on earth” (Tina Brown). On September 13, JLF New York will begin at the National Arts Club with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of The Last Queen.
In her latest historical novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni draws a vivid portrait of the last reigning queen of India’s Sikh Empire, Maharani Jindan Kaur. Jindan, the regent of the vast Sikh Empire from 1843 until 1846, was renowned for her beauty, energy and strength of purpose. When her son, barely six years old, unexpectedly inherited the throne, Jindan assumed the regency. She transformed herself from a pampered wife to a warrior ruler, determined to protect her people and her son’s birthright from the encroaching British Empire.
Divakaruni’s previous books include the bestselling novel Mistress of Spices and the short story collection Arranged Marriage, which won the PEN/Josephine Miles award and the American Book Award. She appears in conversation with Sanjoy Roy, managing director of the Jaipur Literary Festival’s producer Teamwork Arts.Buy tickets/get more info now