Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize announces shortlists in eight categories

Bengaluru’s Atta Galatta Bookstore, in association with Bangalore Literature Festival, has announced shortlists in eight categories of Fiction (English), Non-Fiction (English), Popular Choice, Best Cover Design and Expanded Categories for the children’s writing, including Best Children’s Picture Book Story, Best Children’s Picture Book Illustrations, Best Children’s Book Fiction and Best Children’s Book Non-Fiction. An annual award is also given for literary achievement in Kannada to an author in honor of his or her work and contribution to the language. The winners will be announced during the Bangalore Literature Festival, which will be held on December 3-4.

The shortlist for fiction:

  • To liberate oneself, Vaasanthi, translated from Tamil by N Kalyan Raman, Harper Perennial
  • Immortal King Rao, Vauhini Vara, 4th power
  • Kabar, KR Meera, translated from Malayalam by Nisha Susan, Eka/Westland Books
  • sand tomb, Geetanjali Shree, translated from Hindi by Daisy Rockwell, Penguin
  • Waiting and other stories, Damodar Mauzo, translated from Konkani by Xavier Cota, Penguin Vintage
  • Valli: a novel, Sheela Tomy, translated from Malayalam by Jayasree Kalathil, Harper Perennial

The shortlist for non-fiction:

  • In Desperation for Shah Rukh: Lonely Young Women of India and the Search for Intimacy and Independence, Shrayana Bhattacharya, Harper Collins
  • The Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: A Doctor’s Memoirs of a Deadly Medical Crisis, Kafeel Khan, Pan Macmillan
  • India, Bharat and Pakistan: the constitutional course of a civilization in sandwich, J Sai Deepak, Bloomsbury
  • Lords of the Deccan: Southern India from The Chalukyas and The Cholas, Anirudh Kanisetti, juggernaut
  • The Curse of the Nutmeg: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, Amitav Ghosh, Penguin Allen Lane
  • Writer Rebel Soldier Lover: The Many Lives of Agyeya, Akshaya Mukul, Vintage Penguin

The shortlist for children’s fiction:

  • The coward and the swordJugal Hansraj, Harper Collins
  • Malabar’s GhostSoumya Ayer, Harper Collins
  • Maithili and the Minotaur: Web of WoeCG Salamander and Rajiv Eipe, Puffins
  • Madhu unsuitableDivya Anand, puffin
  • Pastry Chef Pinkoo ShergillVibha Batra, scholastic
  • Savi and the Memory KeeperBijal Vaccharajani, Hachette

The shortlist for children’s non-fiction:

  • Amma, take me to the Taj MahalBhakti Mathur, Puffin
  • #1 Cadet and Other Incredible Women in the Armed ForcesMaya Chandrasekara, Harper Collins
  • The story of freedom in IndiaIra Saxena and Nilima Sinha, Harper Collins
  • JJourney to the Edge of the Earth: Real Adventure of Naval Officer Abhilash TomyJoeanna Rebello Fernandes and Abhilash Tomy, Penguin
  • Naturalist Ruddy: Adventurer. Detective. MongooseRohan Chakravarty, Penguin
  • Into the Mountains of India: A Fun, Factual Hike Through the Country’s Major Mountain RangesMala Kumar, Hatchet

The shortlist for Picture Book – Story:

  • Are your emotions like mine?Chitwan Mittal and Shruti Heman, AdiDev Press
  • beauty is missingPriya Kuriyan, Pratham Books
  • The boy who wore braceletsRiddhi Maniar Doda and Shruto Hemani, Tales of Karadi
  • I am so much more than the color of my skinDivya Thomas, Harper Collins
  • many colors of usLavanya Kapahi, Tulika
  • Rasam of PaatiJanaki Sabesh and Dhwani Sabesh, Tales of Karadi

Shortlist for Picture Book – Illustrations:

  • A full circlewritten and illustrated by Namrita Bachchan, Harper Design
  • Duggawritten and illustrated by Rajiv Eipe, Pratham Books
  • Maithili and the Minotaur: Web of WoeCJ Salamander, illustrated by Rajiv Eipe, Puffin
  • My world upside downKen Spillman, illustrated by Silvana Giraldo, Pickle Yolk
  • The Ghost Theaterwritten and illustrated by Pankaj Saikia, Pratham Books
  • We are the dancing forestRaj Shekhar, illustrated by Venkat Shyam, Tulika

The shortlist for Cover Design is:

  • AdamS Hareesh, cover by Anubha Jain, Penguin Vintage
  • Chronicles of the Lost GirlsDebarati Mukhopadhyay, cover design by DhakaYeah, Harper Collins
  • ladies tailorPriya Hajela, cover by Giggling Monkey Studio, Harper Collins
  • The living mountain: a fable for our timeAmitav Ghosh, cover by Devangana Dash, 4th Estate
  • The Muslim disappears: a playSaeed Naqvi, cover by Antra K, Penguin
  • Tears of the Begum: Stories from Survivors of the 1857 UprisingKhwaja Hasan Nizami, cover by Reya Ahmed, Hachette

The shortlist for popular choice is:

  • Abhimanyu: Son of ArjunaAnuja Chandramouli, leader
  • Hope: Wisdom to survive in a hopeless world, Devdutt Pattanaik, juggernaut
  • Open book: not quite a memoirKubbra Sait, Harper Collins
  • The 7 sins of being a motherTahira Kashyap Khurrana, juggernaut
  • Unknown: PoemsArunoday Singh, Penguin eBury

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