JLF: Author one-liners

Alexander McCall Smith on writing: “Many people think, “I have a book in me.’ With advanced imagery, they can see the book and tell you what kind it is – fiction, autobiography…” Ferdinand Mount, author of Tears of the Raja: “I hadn’t thought of my family as mass murdererers. In fact, I thought they were rather … Read more

JLF Literati and Glitterati

Opening dinner last night at the exquisite Rambaugh Palace. Music, intelligent conbersation and superb cuisine. My delightful dining companions, Louis Mountain and Andrew Duff. Andy is a Fellow of the (British) Royal Geological Society and last year published Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom, an acclaimed history of the kingdom’s last days, complete with a love … Read more

JLF: Diggi Palace Transformed

We arrived in Jaipur yesterday afternoon – about 8 hours late.  Ground fog and prop planes are not an ideal flying combination. After dropping off bags at our hotel, we rushed over to Diggi Palace to check in with our peeps and check out the venue.  We were greeted by Gair dancers practicing their routine … Read more

Colm Tóibín & Armistad Maupin @JLF

A friend recommended that I check out two of her favorite authors at JLF. Here’s what she has to say: Colm Toibin Toibin beautifully captures the inner emotions and psychology of his characters.  Brooklyn deals with the true meaning of “home” while Nora Webster focuses on how we may deal with life transitions.  Toibin’s skill … Read more