October 22, 2015

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 seven literary awards. The sixth edition of the festival will be held from October 29, 2015 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 shortlisted nominees were declared for the coveted Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for Fiction and Non-Fiction, the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year for Fiction and Non-Fiction and the Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year. 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 fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1. The Devourers Indra Das Penguin Random House
2. Red Maize Danesh Rana HarperCollins
3. Don’t Let him Know Sandip Roy Bloomsbury

 

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

Sr. No. Book Author Publishing house
1. Midnight’s Furies: The deadly legacy of India’s Partition Nisid Hajari Penguin Random House
2. Farthest Field: An Indian story of the Second World War Raghu Karnad  HarperCollins
3. The Seasons Of Trouble: Life amid the ruins of Sri Lanka’s civil war Rohini Mohan HarperCollins

Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
The Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year 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. Until The Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata Karthika Nair HarperCollins
2. Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-Eight Nights Salman Rushdie Penguin Random House
3. The Book Of Gold Leaves Mirza Waheed Penguin Random House

In the non-fiction category, the shortlisted 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 B. N. 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 Gita Press And The Making Of Hindu India Akshaya Mukul HarperCollins

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

The shortlisted books for the 2015 awards are, in alphabetical order:

Sr No Book Author Publishing house
1. Dream with your eyes open: An Entrepreneurial Journey Ronnie Screwvala Rupa
2. Restart: The last chance for the Indian economy Mihir S. Sharma Penguin Random House
3. Rethinc: What's Broke at Today's Corporations and How to Fix It T. T. Ram Mohan Penguin Random House

Full list of authors and book profiles for shortlists 2015 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 Literature Live! First Book Award and Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year 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 jury for the Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year 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! Lifetime Achievement Award 2015 for outstanding contribution to the Indian literary space will be conferred upon the legendary writer, Kiran Nagarkar and the Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award will be presented to the celebrated poet and novelist, Vikram Seth.

For more details about Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, 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 director of Literature Live!, which organises the festival with the support of the Tata group.