It’s book award season and a number of nominees are coming out every day. The Tata Literature Live! Longlisted for the festival’s literary awards is Irwin Allan Sealy for his Asoca: A Sutra (PenguinRandom House); Sunjeev Sahota for China Room (Penguin Random House); Udayan Mukherjee for essential items and other stories from a land in Lockdown (Bloomsbury); Raza Mir for murder in the Mushaira (Aleph); Jeet Thayil for Names of the Women (Penguin Random House) and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni for The Last Queen (HarperCollins).
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The long list of non-fiction includes Ghazala Wahab for Born a Muslim: Some Truths About Islam in India (Aleph); Kavitha Rao for Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine (Westland); Hari Pulakkat for Space. Life. Matter: the maturing of Indian science (Hachette); Samrat Choudhury for The Braided River: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra (HarperCollins); Sonia Shah’s The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move (Bloomsbury); Ashish Khetan’s Undercover: My Journey into the Darkness of Hindutva (Westland).
The debut fiction category features A Bit of Everything by Sandeep Raina (Westland); A Death in Shonagachhi by Rijula Das (Pan MacMillan); Gods and Ends by Lindsay Pereira (Penguin Random House); Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian (HarperCollins); The City of the Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri (Penguin Random House); The Eminently Forgettable Life of Mrs. Pankajam by Meera Rajagopalan (Hachette).
In the first books of non-fiction category, the six books are Abantika Ghosh’s Billions Under Lockdown: The Inside Story of India’s Fight Against COVID-19 (Bloomsbury); After I Was Raped: The Untold Lives of Five Rape Survivors by Urmi Bhattacheryya (Pan MacMillan); Breathing Here Is Harmful To Your Health: The Human Cost Of Air Pollution And How You Can Be The Change By Jyoti Pande Lavakare (Hachette); It’s all in your head, M by Manjiri Indurkar (Westland); Landscapes of Loss: The Story of an Indian Drought by Kavitha Iyer (HarperCollins); Rumors of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir by Farah Bashir (HarperCollins).
The business book longlist of the year includes Fossil Free: Reimagining Clean Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World by Sumant Sinha (HarperCollins); Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy by Tamal Bandyopadhyay (Roli Books); Spring: Rebounding from Rejection by Ambi Parameswaran (Westland); The Economy of Small Things by Sudipta Sarangi (Penguin Random House); The Joys of Compounding: The Passionate Pursuit of Lifelong Learning by Gautam Baid (HarperCollins); The Fan Project by Srikant Sastri & Amitabha Bandyopadhyay (Pan Macmillan).
The winners will be announced during the festival’s closing ceremony on November 21. This year the festival will take place between November 18 and 21. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it will also be online this year.
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