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JLF Houston Returns for Fifth Annual Literature Festival at Asia Society Texas

HOUSTON, September 14, 2022 – After two years of virtual programming, the fifth annual JLF Houston Literature Festival returned to Asia Society Texas to present two days of thought-provoking panels, musical performances and author signings.

The festival – a partnership between Teamwork Arts, Asia Society Texas and Inprint – brought together internationally renowned authors and speakers with local writers. “The role of literature and the arts is to open minds and engage people in dialogue and discussion,” said Sanjoy K. Roy, CEO of Teamwork Arts.

JLF Houston began on Friday September 9 with a conference at the Pondicheri restaurant with the chef Anita Jaisinghanifollowed by the Opening Ceremony at Asia Society Texas in the evening, consisting of a music and commemoration session with Reba Soma panel discussion on geopolitics and a keynote dinner sponsored by the University of Houston and featuring the music of Riyaz Qawwali. The Saturday program began with a meditative morning music session by Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao de Haas. Covering topics such as math, the environment, poetry and photography, the next seven panels featured writers, poets and artists, including Roberto Tejada, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Manil Suriand Varsha Bajaj.

Founded in 2006 in the Indian city of Jaipur, the Jaipur Literature Festival has hosted nearly 2,000 speakers in more than 40 cities around the world over the past decade to fulfill its mission to serve as a beacon of freedom of expression in the world. Other US host cities include New York and Boulder, Colorado.

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Past JLF Houston Events

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About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.