The longlists for the prestigious literary awards — whose 10th edition will be celebrated between November 14th and 17th at Mumbai — were announced on November 1, 2019. Six books each made it to the five categories.
For the Book of the Year fiction longlist, Githa Hariharan’s I Have Become the Tide, Tishani Doshi’s Small Days and Nights, Mirza Waheed’s Tell Her Everything, The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: The Collected Stories of Upamanyu Chatterjee Vol. I, Raj Kamal Jha’s The City and the Sea, and Uzma Aslam Khan’s The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali made the cut. The non-fiction longlist comprised books by Tony Joseph (Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From), Ramachandra Guha (Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World), Shanta Gokhale (One Foot on the Ground: A Life Told Through the Body), Alpa Shah (Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas), Raghuram Rajan (The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind) and Gautam Bhatia (The Transformative Constitution: A Radical Biography in Nine Acts).
The First Book fiction category featured the following authors: Mukta Sathe for A Patchwork Family, Avni Doshi for Girl in White Cotton, Amrita Mahale for Milk Teeth, Varun Thomas Matthew for The Black Dwarves of the Good Little Bay, Rheea Mukherjee for The Body Myth, and Madhuri Vijay for The Far Field. In the non-fiction category, the following books made it to the longlist: A Stranger Truth: Lessons in Love, Leadership and Courage from India’s Sex Workers by Ashok Alexander, Ayodhya, City of Faith, City of Discord by Valay Singh, Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome by Venki Ramakrishnan, No Nation for Women: Reportage on Rape from India, the World’s Largest Democracy by Priyanka Dubey, Tawaifnama: Stories of Survivors in Love and Life by Saba Dewan, and The Anatomy of Hate by Revati Laul.
The Business Book of the Year longlist, too, featured some interesting books by the following authors: Mukund Rajan’s Brand Custodian: My Years with the Tatas, Raghunath Mashelkar and Ravi Pandit’s Leapfrogging to Pole-vaulting: Creating the Magic of Radical and Sustainable Transformation, Arvind Subramanian’s Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy, Raghavan Jagannathan’s The Jobs Crisis in India, Soma Das’ The Reluctant Billionaire: How Dilip Shanghvi Became the Richest Self-Made Man, and Amitabh Pandey’s When It Clicks: Field Notes from India’s Digital Revolution.
The literary awards conferred at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest are considered among the most prestigious in India. They are given out for ‘Lifetime Achievement’, the ‘Poet Laureate’, best ‘First Book’ and ‘Book of the Year’ in the fiction and non-fiction categories, and for the ‘Business Book of the Year’.
The much-awaited lineup of writers and thinkers who will be at the fest this year, comprises luminaries like Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Horowitz, Monica Ali, Mary Robinson, A C Grayling, Shanta Gokhale, Perumal Murugan, K Satchidanandan, Swami Agnivesh, William Dalrymple, Jerry Pinto, Lisa Ray, Yashwant Sinha, Shubha Mudgal and Vishal Bhardwaj.
The longlist winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on November 17, at the NCPA, Nariman Point.
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