The Tata Literature Live will honour the grand old man of Indian writing, Kushwant Singh today with a lifetime achievement award.

Announcing the Mumbai LitFest 2013 at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Tata Group brand custodian and chief ethics officer Mukund Rajan here said over 120 writers and thinkers from across the world and the country will be present at the four-day event.

Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest makes its fourth appearance at the NCPA from November 14, 2013 – November 17, 2013. On Wednesday, November 06, 2013, the longlist for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award was announced. This year, the award will be given for two categories: Fiction & Non-Fiction.

The shortlist in the fiction and non-fiction categories will be released soon.

Last year, The Tata Literature Live! First Book Award was given to Ruchir Sharma for his book Breakout Nations. The books in the longlist for the 2103 award are

Non – Fiction

1 Ayodhya – The Dark Night Krishna Jha and Dhirendra K Jha HarperCollins

2 Butterflies on the Roof of the World Peter Smetacek Aleph

3 Conquering the Chaos — Win in India, Win Everywhere Ravi Venkatesan Harvard Business Review Press

4 In Good Faith Saba Naqvi Rupa

5 Indianomix Vivek Dehejia and Rupa Subramanya Random House

6 Righteous Republic Ananya Vajpeyi Harvard University Press

7  Stringer: A Reporter`s Journey in the Congo Anjan Sundaram Penguin

The Tata group and Literature Live! today announced the 2013 edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai International LitFest. Over 120 writers and thinkers from all over the world are expected to participate in the fourth edition of Mumbai’s premier literary festival.
Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest will run from November 14 to November 17, 2013, at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. The festival’s various events will be spread across the NCPA’s Tata, Experimental, Godrej and Little theatres, as well as the outdoor Sunken Garden.

October 29 saw the third annual appearance of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest at the NCPA. This year’s line-up has something for everyone — book lover or not. Each day is packed with interesting sessions and live performances.

The evening acts promise a wonderful marriage between literature and performance. While contemporary dance pioneer Astad Deboo and his troupe’s acclaimed rendition of Tagore’s poems will mark the finale of the festival on Sunday. Gillo Theatre Repertory, who work exclusively in Theatre for Young Audiences, will perform Kyun-Kyun Ladki (Why-Why Girl) inspired by Mahashweta Devi. Chris Larner’s poignant play about euthanasia, An Instinct for Kindness will bring to Mumbai an award-winning production which earned rave reviews in London. Actor Naseeruddin Shah will present a project he has long dreamed about — an enactment of Vikram Seth’s poems from The Beastly Tales and stories about author James Thurber’s dogs.