Chang, whose memoir of growing up in Mao's China, "Wild Swans", which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide as well as Lucy-Hughes Hallett, British biographer and winner of last year's Samuel Johnson Prize are among the final list of participants at the literary carnival.
Festival Co-Directors William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale revealed the final line-up of authors, themes and sponsors of the Zee Jaipur Literature scheduled to take place between January 21-25, 2015, late Tuesday evening.

Former President and distinguished scientist, A P J Abdul Kalam is scheduled to share his vision for India, discussing the crucial issues the country faces with festival audiences.

"We have two missions at Jaipur- to showcase Indian writing to the world and to bring the greatest writers in the world to India. This year's programme will achieve this better than ever and it looks like a particularly vintage year," said William Dalrymple, author and festival co-director.

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah is set to bring a flavor of Bollywood to the festival as he discusses his autobiography "And Then One Day" with actor and playwright Girish Karnad who is set to talk about his highly acclaimed play "Boiled Beans on Toast."  

Vishal Bhardwaj is lined up to speak about Shakespearean deconstructions in Indian reality present in his celebrated recent film "Haider". Scriptwriter Basharat Peer and renowned theatre director Tim Supple join him in discussions.

Actor Waheeda Rehman, is set to look back at her life and career with biographer and film historian Nasreen Munni Kabir whilst Prasoon Joshi, a festival favourite is set to speak to poet and mythologist Yatindra Mishra about the Indian traditions of popular music and poetry.

Previously announced speakers include Nobel laureate V S Naipaul, Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, renowned contemporary travel writer Paul Theroux, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and novelist Hanif Kureishi.

Sessions include those on Lawrence of Arabia, tigers, Buddhism, detectives, pirates, aesthetics, science, bumble bees, statistics and the Simpsons.

At the curtain raiser hosted by Teamwork Arts, a debate themed on "This house proposes the centre of literary action is moving from the novel to non-fiction" was conducted with panelists including Shashi Tharoor, Navtej Sarna, Anuja Chauhan and Urvashi Butalia.

The debate revolved around recent trends in publishing across South Asia, and argued why readers are increasingly consuming more and more non-fiction.

Namita Gokhale, author and co-Director, said, "The literature festival in its many avatars has been described variously as a literary Woodstock, a Sahityik Kumbh Mela, and a spreading Banyan tree with both aerial and earth roots."