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James Tait Black prize goes to Zia Haider Rahman’s debut novel

ZiaZia Haider Rahman has won Britain’s oldest literary prize, the James Tait Black award, for his first novel, In the Light of What We Know.

Rahman, who was born in Bangladesh and who has worked as an investment banker and a human rights lawyer, took this year’s prize at the Edinburgh international book festival on Monday evening for his story of an investment banker who receives a visit from an old friend. Read more

Indian columnist nominated for a prestigious award

RestartIndian columnist Mihir Sharma’s Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy has been longlisted for the Financial Times and Mc Kinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Sharma, the only Indian author on the list of 15, is nominated alongside other bestselling titles such as Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance, Misbehaving by Richard Thaler, and Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter.

The shortlist will be announced on 22nd September.

In Restart, Mihir S. Sharma shows what can and must change in India’s policies, its administration and even its attitudes. Sharma was born in Delhi and grew up in Chandigarh, Mumbai, Jamshedpur and in Kolkata. He was trained as an economist and a political scientist before dropping out of academia. He now writes and edits opinion for the Business Standard newspaper in New Delhi.

Five novels win top honor of Chinese literature

The Mao Dun Literature Awards only come around once every four years, and they are regarded as the most prestigious trophy in Chinese literature. Let’s look at the five novelists, chosen by the China Writers’ Association this year.

The overall winner was “River South Trilogy”, penned by Tsinghua University professor Ge Fei over more than 10 years. Its timespan runs from China’s 1911 revolution to the present day. Read more

Literary seminars for 13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature to be held at Hong Kong Central Library

he Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will hold five literary seminars for the 13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature at the Lecture Theatre of Hong Kong Central Library during August and September. This year’s adjudicators will conduct literary exchanges, themed on poetry, essays, literary criticism, children’s and youth literature, and fiction, with seminar participants to promote the appreciation and creation of various types of literary work. Read more

Siddhartha Mukherjee nominated for an Emmy Award

Indian American writer Siddhartha Mukherjee has been nominated for an Emmy Award for his PBS documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.

The six hour programme based on Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name was executive produced by Ken Burns and directed by Emmy Award–winning filmmaker and writer Barak Goodman.  It is among five nominees for the award for documentary or nonfiction series.

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher. He is the author of The Laws of Medicine and The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and The New Republic. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters.

India: Sahitya Akademi announces winners of Bhasha Samman

The Bhasha Samman carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, an inscribed copper plaque and a citation: The Indian Express 

Entrusted with the task of promoting literature in the different languages of India, the Sahitya Akademi has announced the winners of the prestigious Bhasha Samman, which is awarded for contribution to literature in various Indian languages. To be presented in the coming months, the recipients of the award are K Meenakshi Sundaram for contribution to Classical and Medieval Literature (Southern) for 2013 and Munishwar Jha for Classical and Medieval Literature (Eastern) for 2014. Charu Chandra Pande and Mathura Dutt Mathpal have also been jointly recognised for their work towards the enrichment of Kumauni, a language reportedly not recognised by the Akademi till now.

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India: Ramachandra Guha Selected for Japan’s Fukuoka Prize

ramchandra guhaHistorian-author Ramachandra Guha has been selected for Japan’s prestigious Fukuoka Prize in the Academic category.

Dr Guha’s fellow winners this year are Thant Myint-U (Grand Prize) and Minh Hanh (Arts and Culture). Fukuoka Prize honours those who have made outstanding contributions to academia, arts and culture across Asia.

“Ramachandra Guha, a leading Indian historian, pioneered the new horizon of environmental history viewed from the general public’s viewpoints. His works present thorough explanations of the complex history of India, a country with a great diversity of languages, ethnicities, religions, and castes.

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“Celebrate Singapore Books” Fair to be held on 16 June; The Singapore Book Awards revived

Celebrate Singapore BooksThe Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) and Isetan Singapore will celebrate Singapore publishing by organising a “Celebrate Singapore Books” fair from 16 to 30 June 2015. The fair will also be the site of several book signings, a reading corner and an exhibition on books published in Singapore since 1965.

The Singapore Book Publishers Association is a trade association formed in 1968, to protect and promote the book publishing industry in Singapore. The SBPA now comprises 66 members, which publish in a wide range of topics in the four official languages of Singapore. Our members include SMEs and the top multinational publishing groups.

The whole space of Isetan Wisma Atria basement level (some 15,000 square feet) will be converted into a sales and exhibition area made up of Singapore publishers featuring local writers and illustrators in the English, Malay and Mandarin languages. A wide range of books will be available for purchase, from trade best-sellers to religious books, children’s books and educational and assessment books. All will be available for purchase, many at special prices, to promote literacy and the joy of reading during the school holidays.


The Singapore Book Publishers Association is pleased to announce the revival of the Singapore Book Awards for 2015. The Singapore Book Awards aims to promote the finest of the book publishing industry in Singapore. Nominations are now open till 31 August, and the winners will be announced at a gala cocktail event in conjunction with the Singapore Writers’ Festival in November 2015. Read more

Pakistani-American author nominated for Broadway awards

Pakistani-American Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar has been nominated in the best author category for Broadway’s Tony Awards on Tuesday: The Express Tribune

ayadAkhtar’s play “Disgraced,” the story about a successful lawyer forced to consider why he has disguised his Pakistani Muslim heritage, had also won him the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Meanwhile, hit musicals “An American in Paris,” adapted from the Oscar-winning classic, and “Fun Home,” about a lesbian coming of age, swept the board in nominations for Broadway’s Tony Awards.

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Baghdad history wins Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize

The author of the Ondaatje Prize-winning Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood speaks of the difficulties of writing while in a warzone

Last Monday, Justin Marozzi won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood. On Tuesday he was off to Norway, to join in a Nato war-gaming exercise as a media and communications expert. After what he’s been through in recent years, he joked: “The peaceful fjords of Scandinavia will take a bit of getting used to.”

Marozzi, 44, won the £10,000 prize, for a book “evoking the spirit of a place”, with a history that skilfully blends reportage from the modern-day city with research into the ancient one (it was founded in 762). “Baghdad,” he says with understatement, “is not the easiest place in the world in which to live, work or conduct historical research.”

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