Round-Up: Jaipur, NBCC, and OLF

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From literary festivals to a Ploughshares guest editor’s nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a closer look at the latest literary news:

  • The Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off Thursday with Margaret Atwood, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colm Toibin, and many more in attendance. The five-day festival is one of the largest free literary festivals and hosts a diverse array of writers from all around the globe.
  • After author Philip Pullman announced his resignation from the Oxford Literary Festival last week, citing the festival’s lack of payment to speaking authors as the impetus for his decision, the festival has reconsidered its policy. Several other authors had joined Pullman’s fight, calling for a boycott of literary festivals that don’t provide payment to speakers. The OLF responded with a statement indicating that they will “discuss how to achieve payment of fees for all speakers” for next year.