October 13, 2015

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

Mumbai: Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest today announced the longlists for four of its seven literary awards. The sixth edition of the festival will be held from October 29 to November 1, 2015, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (October 29 - November 1) and simultaneously at the Prithvi Theatre, Juhu (October 31 and November 1).

Today, the longlisted nominees were declared for the coveted Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for 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 1, 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 non-fiction category, the longlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1. Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan kingdom Andrew Duff Penguin Random House
2. Midnight’s Furies: The deadly legacy of India’s Partition Nisid Hajari Penguin Random House
3. Farthest Field: An Indian story of the Second World War Raghu Karnad  HarperCollins
4. The Seasons Of Trouble: Life amid the ruins of Sri Lanka’s civil war Rohini Mohan HarperCollins
5. Hungry Bengal - War, famine, riots and the end of Empire Janam Mukherjee HarperCollins
6. 2014: The Election That Changed  India Rajdeep Sardesai Penguin Random House

In the fiction category, the jury decided to issue only a shortlist.

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

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1. The Spirit Of Indian Painting: Close encounters with 101 great works, 1100-1900 BN Goswamy Penguin Random House
2. The Raj At War: A people’s history of  India’s Second World War Yasmin Khan Penguin Random House
3. Ashoka in Ancient India Nayanjot Lahiri Permanent Black
4. Looking Away: Inequality, prejudice and indifference in new India Harsh Mander Speaking Tiger
5. Gita Press And The Making Of Hindu India Akshaya Mukul HarperCollins
6. The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh war and its unquiet legacy Salil Tripathi Aleph

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

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1. Flood Of  Fire Amitav Ghosh Penguin Random House
2. The Sun That Rose From The Earth Shamshur Rahman Faruqi Penguin Random House
3. Until The Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata Karthika Nair HarperCollins
4. Sleeping On Jupiter Anuradha Roy Hachette
5. Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-Eight Nights Salman Rushdie Penguin Random House
6. The Book Of Gold Leaves Mirza Waheed 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 2015 awards are, in alphabetical order:

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1. Applied Minds: How Engineers Think Guruprasad Madhavan Penguin Random House
2. Behind a Billion Screens: What Television Tells Us About Modern India Nalin Mehta HarperCollins
3. Dream with your eyes open: An Entrepreneurial Journey Ronnie Screwvala Rupa
4. Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the next one Meghnad Desai HarperCollins
5. Restart: The last chance for the Indian economy Mihir Sharma Penguin Random House
6. Rethinc: What's Broke at Today's Corporations and How to Fix It TT Ram Mohan 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 Shobhaa De, author, columnist, social and political commentator; Anil Dharker, author, columnist, and founder and director, Literature Live!; Deepa Gahlot, author, columnist and cultural curator; Jerry Pinto, author, poet and journalist, and Arshia Sattar, author, translator and literary critic.

The non-fiction categories for the aforementioned awards were judged by Naresh Fernandes, journalist and author; Nilanjana Roy, author, columnist and literary critic; Anil Dharker; Kalpana Sharma, author and columnist, and Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire.

The esteemed jury for the Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award comprised R Gopalakrishnan, author, speaker and director, Tata Sons; Arun Maira, author, management consultant and erstwhile member of the planning commission; James Crabtree, senior correspondent, Financial Times and Fulbright Scholar; Abheek Singhi, bestselling author and senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group, and Rama Bijapurkar, market strategist, management consultant and author.

The Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award and theTata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Awards will be announced shortly.

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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.