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Tata Literature Festival Releases Longlists for Five Book Awards

Writer Kiran Nagarkar received the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award 2015. Credit: Twitter

Writer Kiran Nagarkar received the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award 2015. Credit: Twitter

The longlists for five of the ten literary awards for the seventh edition of the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest were announced on Thursday, November 3.

The literary event in Mumbai will bring together 130 authors and thinkers from over 30 countries and is set to be held from November 17-20 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Nariman Point and from November 19-20 at the Prithvi Theatre in Juhu.

The festival is geared towards recognising and promoting literary talent across different genres of literature among emerging as well as distinguised writers.

Among the awards for which the longlists were announced on November 3 are – 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.

The longlisted nominees in the fiction category of Tata Literature Live! First Book Award include:

Book Author Publishing House
Belonging Umi Sinha Speaking Tiger Books
Neon Noon Tanuj Solanki HarperCollins
Savithri’s Special Room Manu Bhattathiri HarperCollins
Swimmer Among the Stars Kanishk Tharoor Aleph Book Company
The High Priestess Never Marries Sharanya Manivannan HarperCollins
The Village of Pointless Conversation Kersi Khambatta HarperCollins

Nominees in the non-fiction category include:

Book Author Publishing House
Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court Audrey Truschke Penguin Random House
Framed as a Terrorist: My 14-year Struggle to Prove My Innocence Mohammad Aamir Khan with Nandita Haksar Speaking Tiger Books
Half-Lion: How Narasimha Rao Transformed India Vinay Sitapati Penguin Random House
Mother, Where’s My Country? – Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur Anubha Bhonsle Speaking Tiger Books
The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore Manu S Pillai HarperCollins
This Unquiet Land: Stories from India’s Fault Lines Barkha Dutt Aleph Book Company

The longlisted nominees in the fiction category of The Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award include:

Book Author Publishing House
All Quiet in Vikaspuri Sarnath Banerjee HarperCollins
Jihadi Jane Tabish Khair Penguin Random House
Jinnah Often Came to our House Kiran Doshi Westland
Selection Day Aravind Adiga HarperCollins
The Association of Small Bombs Karan Mahajan HarperCollins
The Private Life of Mrs Sharma Ratika Kapur Bloomsbury Publishing

Nominees in the non-fiction category include:

Book Author Publishing House
 A Life in Shadow: The Secret Story of A.C.N. Nambiar, The Mysterious Anti-Colonial Hero  Vappala  Balachandran  Roli Books
 A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India  Josy Joseph  HarperCollins
 India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia 1939-1945  Srinath Raghavan Penguin Random House
No One Else: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex  Siddharth Dube HarperCollins
 The Gene: An Intimate History Siddhartha Mukherjee Penguin Random House
 The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable  Amitav Ghosh Penguin Random House

Longlisted books for The Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award include:

Book Author Publishing House
Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilisation Parag Khanna Hachette
Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin Are Not Marginal Minds Anil K Gupta Penguin Random House
Office Chai, Planter’s Brew S. Muthiah and Ranjitha Ashok Westland
Own It: Leadership Lessons from Women Who Do Aparna Jain HarperCollins
Six Lenses: Vignettes of Success, Career and Relationships R. Gopalakrishnan Rupa Publications
The Golden Tap: The Inside Story of Hyper-Funded Indian Startups Kashyap Deorah Roli Books
The Unusual Billionaires Saurabh Mukherjea  Penguin Random House

This year the organisers have also introduced three new awards to recognise excellence in the literature-for-children category and playwriting.

The winners are set to be announced on November 20 at NCPA.

(With PTI inputs)