The British Council and Oxford Bookstore presented the Young Publishing Entrepreneur Awards as a part of the ongoing Book Fair celebrations on Friday evening to Nishad Deshmukh from Nasik.
Deshmukh will now represent India at the International Young Publisher of the Year 2009. Among the five finalists was Kolkata-based Sumon Chakrabarty,who first published two academic books he had written as an English (honours) student. Later,he started his own publishing house,Roman Books,and now publishes poetry,literary criticism and fiction. Deshmukh worked in marketing for a few years before quitting the job to set up his own publishing house,Career Publications,in 2000. It now employs 45 people.
Also present at the award ceremony was author Hari Kunzru,in the city for the Book Fair,best known for his works The Impressionist and My Revolution. Speaking on the publishing industry and freedom of expression,Kunzru said authors were the fearless champions of writings. With countries like Malaysia and China curbing the rights to free writing and free expression,Kunzru said for Indian writers,it was difficult to imagine such a situation due to the freedom they have compared to writers in other countries.
The evenings discussion also focussed on how diversity in publishing helps expand markets. Among the speakers were S Anand,who won the International Publisher of the Year award in 2007,and other international publishers from UK and Scotland.