Jaipur: The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is set to kick off its forthcoming 12th edition from January 24th to 28th at Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Among the flurry of activities planned at the do, the sessions with fiction writers are on everyone's must-attend list. Check out a few of them listed here:

The Underground Railroad 

Named after Colson Whitehead’s heart-wrenching tour de force, chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, which won the Pulitzer in 2016, the author makes his debut appearance in South Asia, in a conversation with novelist Kanishk Tharoor.

The Writer at Work

Examining the actual process of producing a great and memorable novel in this session five novelists from around the world - Ahdaf Soueif, Álvaro Enrigue, Colson Whitehead, Hari Kunzru and Yann Martel – belonging across Mexico to Egypt, talk about their search for inspiration with Chandrahas Choudhury.

Where Does Fiction Come From?

Five of the world’s greatest living novelists - Vikram Chandra, Sebastian Barry, Andrew Sean Greer, Tania James, and Ben Okri share their insights on the art of the novel in They explore questions like ‘What is the process of creating fiction?’ and ‘How do you make up characters and situations that are believable and why should the reader care?’

Jeffrey Archer in conversation with Barkha Dutt

Catch Jeffrey Archer, best-selling novelist and master of the twist-in-the-tale in conversation with writer and journalist Barkha Dutt, where he speaks about his extraordinary literary career and life in politics and introduces his recently-released new book, Heads You Win, a work of fiction spanning two continents and 30 years.

Before and After Pi

In the session, Man Booker-winning Yann Martel, whose international bestseller Life of Pi scaled unbelievable heights, both as a novel and as a film, talks about his writing and life before and after the life-changing success of Pi, with novelist Jerry Pinto. 

The Storywallah: Writing Across Borders

In this session Neelesh Misra is in conversation with Amitava Kumar, also stands out with Misra being the essential ‘storywallah’, a master of narratives across platforms. In conversation with Amitava Kumar, he speaks of the many lives he inhabits, as a writer, journalist, editor, mentor, oral storyteller, rural raconteur, scriptwriter and lyricist.