Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest presents literary awards annually for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Business books published during the year. The awards aim to recognise and encourage literary talent across the genres among both established and new writers. The awards which are considered prestigious and keenly awaited each year, are one of the highlights of the festival, where the winners are announced at the grand finale.
The Longlists in each category (in alphabetical order), and the eminent juries that decided the awards are as follows:
The Fiction Book of the Year includes Black River by Nilanjana Roy (Westland Books), Everything The Light Touches by Janice Pariat (HarperCollins Publishers), Fear And Lovely by Anjana Appachana (Penguin Random House India), The Education Of Yuri by Jerry Pinto (Speaking Tiger Books), The Light At The End Of The World by Siddhartha Deb (Westland Books) & The Secret Of More by Tejaswini Apte-Rahm (Aleph Book Company).
The Non-Fiction Book of the Year includes Broken Script: Delhi under the East India Company and the fall of the Mughal Empire by Swapna Liddle (Speaking Tiger Books), India Is Broken by Ashoka Mody (Juggernaut Books), Raw Umber by Sara Rai (Westland Books), The Song Of The Cell: An exploration of medicine and the new human by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Penguin Random House India), Vajpayee: The ascent of the Hindu Right, 1924-1977 by Abhishek Choudhary (Pan Macmillan India/Picador) & Writer, Rebel, Soldier, Lover: The many lives of Agyeya by Akshaya Mukul (Penguin Random House India)
The Fiction Best First Book includes Colony Of Shadows by Bikram Sharma (Hachette India), Shurjo’s Clan by Iffat Nawaz (Penguin Random House India), The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff (HarperCollins Publishers), The Woman Who Climbed Trees by Smriti Ravindra (HarperCollins Publishers), Then Came The River by Debapriya Datta (Bloomsbury India) & Where Mayflies Live Forever by Anupama Mohan (Pan Macmillan India/Picador)
The Best Non-Fiction First Book includes Courting India: England, Mughal India and the origins of Empire by Nandini Das (Bloomsbury India), Heavy Metal: How a global corporation poisoned Kodaikanal by Ameer Shahul (Pan Macmillan India), Marginlands: Indian landscapes on the brink by Arati Kumar-Rao (Pan Macmillan India/Picador), South vs North: India’s great divide by Nilakantan RS (Juggernaut Books), Vajpayee: The ascent of the Hindu Right, 1924-1977 by Abhishek Choudhary (Pan Macmillan India/Picador) & Vivekananda: The Philosopher Of Freedom - How the Sangh Parivar’s greatest icon is its arch nemesis by Govind Krishnan V. (Aleph Book Company)
The Tata Literature Live Business Book of the Year includes Against All Odds: The IT story of India by S. Gopalakrishnan, N. Dayasindhu, Krishnan Narayan (Penguin Random House India), Forks In The Road: My days at RBI and beyond by C. Rangarajan (Penguin Random House India), Just Aspire: Notes on technology, entrepreneurship and the future by Ajai Chowdhry (HarperCollins Publishers), Made In India: 75 years of business and enterprise by Amitabh Kant (Rupa Publications), The Tech Phoenix by T.N. Manoharan, V. Pattabhi Ram (Rupa Publications) & Working To Restore: Why we do business in the regenerative era by Esha Chhabra (Penguin Random House India)
Each award category is decided by an eminent jury. The juries for 2023 Fiction Category included names like Anuja Chauhan, Anirudh Kanisetti, Deepa Gahlot, Shireen Quadri and Shireen Mistry
The Non-Fiction Jury included Arun Katiyar, Communications consultant and author, Deepika Sorabjee, Writer and anchor of the media, art and crafts portfolio, Tata Trusts; Sanjukta Sharma, Author and columnist, Taran N. Khan, Journalist and author & Tina Nagpaul, Filmmaker and Associate Festival Director, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
The Business Jury comprised of Khozem Merchant, Columnist and business leader, Poornima Dore, Economist and business leader, Ruchira Chaudhary, Author, consultant and executive coach, Shilpa Kumar, Business leader and impact investor & Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Columnist and author.
The Festival will be held online from 25th - 26th October and will continue on ground from 27th - 29th October at the NCPA at Nariman Point, St Pauls Institute of Communication Education Bandra and Title Waves bookstore, Bandra.
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