Chiké Frankie Edozien, Sandip Roy | Lives of Great Men | Jaipur Literature Festival.


Chiké Frankie Edozien learned to read from the newspapers his father brought home while growing in Lagos, Nigeria. He went onto become an ink-stain scribbler telling the stories in service of a greater good. Awards: Lambda Literary Award (2017 & 2019) Bestselling/popular Books: Lives of Great Men, As You Like It Sandip Roy is a novelist and commentator. He is the host of the ‘Sandip Roy Show’ on Indian Express. His audio dispatches air weekly on public radio in San Francisco.

His columns appear in Economic Times, The Hindu and GQ. His work has also appeared in various publications including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Indian Express, Firstpost, Print.in and NPR. Bestselling/ popular Books: Don’t Let Him Know Lives of Great Men Chiké Frankie Edozien talks about how sexuality has affected his life and impacted his writing in a session moderated by Sandip Roy.

THE JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL described as the 'greatest literary show on Earth', the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe. Our core values remain unchanged: to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access. Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world's greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

Festival Co Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside Producer Sanjoy K Roy and Teamwork Arts, create a platform for an array of speakers to debate, discuss and present their ideas in the annual five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan's stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur. Past speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, J.M. Coetzee, Muhammad Yunus and Orhan Pamuk, Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Howard Jacobson, Margaret Atwood, Marlon James, Michael Ondaatje, Paul Beatty and Yan Martel, Pulitzer Prize winners Andrew Sean Greer, Benjamin Moser, Colson Whitehead and Jhumpa Lahiri, Sahitya Akademi winners Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and U.R. Ananthamurthy along with literary luminaries including Amish Tripathi, Chima¬manda Ngozi Adichie, Vikram Chandra and Vikram Seth.

An annual event that goes beyond literature, the Festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. The Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 33 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally.