Tata Literature Live! Literary Awards Longlist for 2021 Announced


Delhi, 10 November 2021: Each year, the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest confers literary awards for Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Business books published during the year, to recognize and encourage literary talent across the genres, for both established and new writers. The Awards are regarded as prestigious and are one of the main highlights of the Festival.
The winners will, as per tradition, be announced at the closing session of the Festival. Since the Festival is online again this year due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the awards ceremony will be the final virtual session on Sunday, 21 November. The Longlists in each category (in alphabetical order), and the eminent juries that decided
the awards are as follows:

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Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction) Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. Asoca: A Sutra by Irwin Allan Sealy (Penguin Random House)
  2. China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (Penguin Random House)
  3. Essential Items and Other Tales from a Land in Lockdown by Udayan Mukherjee (Bloomsbury)
  4. Murder at the Mushaira by Raza Mir (Aleph)
  5. Names of the Women by Jeet Thayil (Penguin Random House)
  6. The Last Queen by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (HarperCollins)

Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Non-Fiction) Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. Born a Muslim: Some Truths About Islam in India by Ghazala Wahab (Aleph)
  2. Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine by Kavitha Rao (Westland)
  3. Space. Life. Matter.: The Coming of Age of Indian Science by Hari Pulakkat (Hachette)
  4. The Braided River: A Journey Along the Brahmaputra by Samrat Choudhury (HarperCollins)
  5. The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move by Sonia Shah (Bloomsbury)
  6. Undercover: My Journey into the Darkness of Hindutva by Ashish Khetan (Westland)

Tata Literature Live! First Book (Fiction) Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. A Bit of Everything by Sandeep Raina (Westland)
  2. A Death in Shonagachhi by Rijula Das (Pan MacMillan)
  3. Gods and Ends by Lindsay Pereira (Penguin Random House)
  4. Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian (HarperCollins)
  5. The City of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri (Penguin Random House)
  6. The Eminently Forgettable Life of Mrs. Pankajam by Meera Rajagopalan (Hachette)
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Tata Literature Live! First Book (Non-Fiction) Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. After I was Raped: The Untold Lives of Five Rape Survivors by Urmi Bhattacheryya (Pan MacMillan)
  2. Billions Under Lockdown: The Inside Story of India’s Fight Against COVID-19 by Abantika Ghosh (Bloomsbury)
  3. Breathing Here is Injurious to Your Health: The Human Cost of Air Pollution and How You Can Be the Change by Jyoti Pande Lavakare (Hachette)
  4. It’s All In Your Head, M by Manjiri Indurkar (Westland) Landscapes of Loss: The Story of an Indian Drought by Kavitha Iyer (HarperCollins)
  5. Rumours of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir by Farah Bashir (HarperCollins)

Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Longlist (in alphabetical order)

  1. Fossil Free: Reimagining Clean Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World by Sumant Sinha (HarperCollins)
  2. Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy by Tamal Bandyopadhyay (Roli Books)
  3. Spring: Bouncing Back From Rejection by Ambi Parameswaran (Westland)
  4. The Economics of Small Things by Sudipta Sarangi (Penguin Random House)
  5. The Joys of Compounding: The Passionate Pursuit of Lifelong Learning by Gautam Baid (HarperCollins)
  6. The Ventilator Project by Srikant Sastri & Amitabha Bandyopadhyay (Pan MacMillan)

Juries for the awards
Each award category is decided by an eminent jury. The juries for 2021 were as follows: 

 Arundhati Subramaniam: Poet, author, journalist, and curator.
 Githa Hariharan: Author, editor, and columnist.

 Shashi Warrier: Author, columnist, and professor.
 Vinita Mathew: Professor of English Literature, Wilson College, Mumbai
 Shireen Mistry: Committee Member, Tata Literature Live!; communications professional
 Amrita Shah: Author and journalist
 Dilip D’Souza: Author and journalist
 Nivedita Menon: Author, scholar, professor of Political Thought at JNU
 Sanjay Johri: Independent director and former Managing Director of Voltas and Reader’s Digest
 Tina Nagpaul: Committee Member, Tata Literature Live!; writer and filmmaker Business
 Arun Kumar: Chairman and CEO, KPMG India
 Emmanuel David: Strategic Leader, Influencer, and Coach; Former Chief Human Resources Officer, Voltas
 Errol D’Souza: Professor of Economics and Director, IIM Ahmedabad
 Shaili Chopra: Business journalist, author, entrepreneur, and founder of SheThePeople TV
 Shinjini Kumar: Corporate leader, entrepreneur, and co-founder of SALT, a financial services app focused on women

For more details about Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2021, please visit:
Website:  https://tatalitlive.in/
Speakers:  https://tatalitlive.in/speakers
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/tatalitlive/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/litlivemumbai
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TataLitLive/

The Tata Group is the title sponsor of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest and the festival will also be supported by a few other Tata companies. The festival was conceived by Anil Dharker (1947-2021) who was also the founder and festival director of Literature Live! which organizes the festival with the support of the Tata Group.

About Tata Group:

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising 30 companies across ten verticals. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’. Tata Sons are the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation, and art and culture. In 2020-21, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $103 billion (INR 7.7 trillion). These companies collectively employ over 800,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalization of $242 billion (INR 17.8 trillion) as of March 31, 2021. Companies include Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Consumer Products, Titan, Tata Capital, Tata Power, Tata Advanced Systems, Indian Hotels, and Tata Communications. For more details visit www.tata.com

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About Literature Live!

Iterature Live! is dedicated to celebrating the written word in all its glorious forms. From book launches, thought-provoking talks, literary evenings, and author interactions to performances, book swaps, fiction, and haiku contests, it has offered Mumbai a chance to participate in the many joys of literature, and for the last 18 months, undefeated by the pandemic, has digitally extended this opportunity to a vast audience beyond the city. It also organizes Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, Mumbai’s premier international literary festival, has become immensely popular because it looks at literature in a way that complements the spirit of Mumbai: energetic, cosmopolitan, and all-inclusive. Now gearing up for its 12th edition from 18 to 21 November 2021, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai
LitFest, with a galaxy of writers, thinkers, and performers from India and across the world participating, will again come to viewers on a digital platform, offering “entry” to the Festival to a global audience along with its core attendees from Mumbai. 

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