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Tata Literature Live announces shortlists for literary awards

Tata Literature Live announces shortlists for literary awards

The awards encourage literary talent across genres, for both established and new writers

By IANSlife Features

November 8, 2019 (IANSlife) The Tata Literature Live literary festival, scheduled to take place from November 14 -17, announced the final shortlists for the five awards on Friday. 
The winners will be announced on November 17 in Mumbai, during the 10th edition of the festival.  

Book of the Year (Fiction) shortlist

  • Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury)
  • The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: The Collected Stories of Upamanyu Chatterjee Vol.I (Speaking Tiger)
  • The City and the Sea by Raj Kamal Jha (Penguin Random House)
  • The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali by Uzma Aslam Khan (Westland) 
  • This shortlist has four nominations as there was a tie between two books.

Book of the Year (Non-Fiction) shortlist

  • Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From by Tony Joseph (Juggernaut)
  • Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World by Ramachandra Guha (Penguin Random House)
  • The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts by Gautam Bhatia (HarperCollins)

First Book (Fiction) shortlist

  • The Black Dwarves of the Good Little Bay by Varun Thomas Matthew (Hachette)
  • The Body Myth by Rheea Mukherjee (Penguin Random House)
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay (HarperCollins)

First Book (Non- Fiction) shortlist

  • A Stranger Truth: Lessons in Love, Leadership and Courage from India’s Sex Workers by Ashok Alexander (Juggernaut)
  • Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome by Venki Ramakrishnan (HarperCollins)
  • No Nation for Women: Reportage on Rape from India, the World’s Largest Democracy by Priyanka Dubey (Simon & Schuster)

Business Book of the Year shortlist

  • Leapfrogging to Pole-vaulting: Creating the Magic of Radical and Sustainable Transformation by Raghunath Mashelkar and Ravi Pandit (Penguin Random House)
  • Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy by Arvind Subramanian (Penguin Random House)
  • The Jobs Crisis in India by Raghavan Jagannathan (Pan Macmillan)

The awards are decided by three eminent juries in fiction, non-fiction and business categories. They intend to recognise and encourage literary talent across genres, for both established and new writers, the organisers said.

Entry to the festival is free, and entry to sessions will be on a first-come first-in basis.


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