November 14, 2016

Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest announces shortlists for five coveted Book Awards

Mumbai: Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest today announced the shortlists for five of its 10 literary awards. The seventh edition of the festival will be held from November 17 to 20, 2016, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (November 17–20) and simultaneously at the Prithvi Theatre, Juhu (November 19 and November 20).

Today, the shortlisted nominees were declared for the esteemed Tata Hexa Literature Live! First Book Award for Fiction and Non-Fiction, the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award for Fiction and Non-Fiction and the Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award. These awards endeavour to recognise and promote literary talent across genres of literature, including distinguished and emerging writers alike. The winners will be announced during the grand Awards Ceremony to be held on November 20, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).

Tata Hexa Literature Live! First Book Award

The Tata Hexa Literature Live! First Book Award recognises new talent in the Indian literary space across the fiction and non-fiction genres.

In the Fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1 Neon Noon Tanuj Solanki HarperCollins
2 Swimmer Among the Stars Kanishk Tharoor Aleph Book Company
3 The High Priestess Never Marries Sharanya Manivannan HarperCollins

 

In the Non-Fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1 Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court Audrey Truschke Penguin Random House
2 Half-Lion: How Narasimha Rao Transformed India Vinay Sitapati Penguin Random House
3 The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore Manu S Pillai HarperCollins

 

Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

The Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award has been constituted to recognise noteworthy work in the Indian literary space across the fiction and non-fiction genres.

In the Fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing House
1 Selection Day Aravind Adiga HarperCollins
2 The Association of Small Bombs Karan Mahajan HarperCollins
3 The Private Life of Mrs Sharma Ratika Kapur Bloomsbury Publishing

 

In the Non-Fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No. Book Author Publishing house
1 India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia 1939-1945 Srinath Raghavan Penguin Random House
2 The Gene: An Intimate History Siddhartha Mukherjee Penguin Random House
3 The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable Amitav Ghosh Penguin Random House

 

Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award

The Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award recognises the best business writing in the Indian literary space.

The shortlisted books for the 2016 awards are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1 Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin Are Not Marginal Minds Anil K Gupta Penguin Random House
2 Own It: Leadership Lessons from Women Who Do Aparna Jain HarperCollins
3 The Golden Tap: The Inside Story of Hyper-Funded Indian Startups Kashyap Deorah Roli Books

 

Full list of authors and book profiles for shortlists 2016 is appended in annexure 1

Jury for the awards

Each award category is presided over by an eminent jury.

This year, the Fiction categories for the Tata Hexa Literature Live! First Book Award and Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award were judged by Indira Chandrashekhar, founder-editor of Out of Print; Paromita Vohra, writer and film-maker; Shefali Balsari Shah, former head, English Department, St Xavier's College, Mumbai; Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, best-selling author, and Anil Dharker, author, columnist, and founder-director, Literature Live!

The Non-Fiction categories for the aforementioned awards were judged by Akshaya Mukul, senior journalist; Dileep Padgaonkar, political observer and specialist in international affairs; Sidharth Bhatia, founding editor of The Wire; Santosh Desai, author, brand consultant and social commentator, and Anil Dharker.

The esteemed jury for the Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award comprised Harish Bhat, author, marketer, and a Tata leader; Leo Puri, managing director of UTI Asset Management; Mihir S Sharma, senior journalist; Rama Bijapurkar, management and market research consultant, and Ravi Venkatesan, author and philanthropist.

The Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award was presented to Gulzarsaab and the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh.

The festival this year has introduced three new awards – the Big Little Book Awards for Author and Illustrator in the Literature-for-children category, and the Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting, which will also be announced during the Awards Ceremony.

For more details about Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2016, please visit:

Entry to the festival will be free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Tata group is the title sponsor of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest and Landmark is the book store partner.

The festival is conceived by Anil Dharker, the Founder and Festival Director of Literature Live!, which organises the festival with the support of the Tata group.