November 03, 2016

Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest announces longlists for five coveted book awards

Mumbai: Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest today announced the longlists for five of its ten 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 20).

Today, the longlisted nominees were declared for the esteemed Tata 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 NCPA.

Tata Literature Live! First Book Award

The Tata 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 longlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing House
1 Belonging Umi Sinha Speaking Tiger Books
2 Neon Noon Tanuj Solanki HarperCollins
3 Savithri’s Special Room Manu Bhattathiri HarperCollins
4 Swimmer Among the Stars Kanishk Tharoor Aleph Book Company
5 The High Priestess Never Marries Sharanya Manivannan HarperCollins
6 The Village of Pointless Conversation Kersi Khambatta HarperCollins


In the non-fiction category, the longlisted 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 Framed as a Terrorist: My 14-year Struggle to Prove My Innocence Mohammad Aamir Khan with Nandita Haksar Speaking Tiger Books
3 Half-Lion: How Narasimha Rao Transformed India Vinay Sitapati Penguin Random House
4 Mother, Where's My Country? Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur Anubha Bhonsle Speaking Tiger Books
5 The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore Manu S Pillai HarperCollins
6 This Unquiet Land: Stories from India’s Fault Lines Barkha Dutt Aleph Book Company


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 longlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing House
1 All Quiet in Vikaspuri Sarnath Banerjee HarperCollins
2 Jihadi Jane Tabish Khair Penguin Random House
3 Jinnah Often Came to our House Kiran Doshi Westland
4 Selection Day Aravind Adiga HarperCollins
5 The Association of Small Bombs Karan Mahajan HarperCollins
6 The Private Life of Mrs Sharma Ratika Kapur Bloomsbury Publishing


In the non-fiction category, the longlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing House
1 A Life in Shadow: The Secret Story of A.C.N. Nambiar, The Mysterious Anti-Colonial Hero Vappala Balachandran Roli Books
2 A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India  Josy Joseph HarperCollins
3 India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia 1939-1945 Srinath Raghavan Penguin Random House
4 No One Else: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex Siddharth Dube HarperCollins
5 The Gene: An Intimate History Siddhartha Mukherjee Penguin Random House
6 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 longlisted books for the 2016 awards are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing House
1 Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization Parag Khanna Hachette
2 Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin Are Not Marginal Minds Anil K Gupta Penguin Random House
3 Office Chai, Planter's Brew S Muthiah & Ranjitha Ashok Westland
4 Own It: Leadership Lessons from Women Who Do Aparna Jain HarperCollins
5 Six Lenses: Vignettes of Success, Career and Relationships R Gopalakrishnan Rupa Publications
6 The Golden Tap: The Inside Story of Hyper-Funded Indian Startups Kashyap Deorah Roli Books
7 The Unusual Billionaires Saurabh Mukherjea  Penguin Random House


Jury for the awards

Each award category is presided over by an eminent jury.

This year, the fiction categories for the Tata 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, 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 and the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Awards will be announced shortly.

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.