Something for Indians to be proud of – three Indian writers have been shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2011. Amitav Ghosh, Rahul Bhattacharya and Jahnavi Barua are the proud entrants for their works, River of Smoke, The Sly Company of People Who Care and Rebirth, respectively.
The winning author will be awarded $30,000 and the translator (if there is) $5,000. Some of the judges are Razia Iqbal, Pulitzer-prize finalist and author of The Surrendered Chang-rae Lee and Vikas Swarup, author of Q&A. On March 15, the winner of the prize will be announced in Hong Kong.
Author of several bestsellers, Ken Follett has one more reason to be proud of his books. And, this time, for the success of The Pillars of the Earth as a TV mini-series!
The television mini-series of the novel has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and also for a Writers Guild of America award.
Every year, Britain’s Literary Review magazine awards the Bad Sex in Fiction Literary Prize. It was Auberon Waugh who established the prize in 1993. The 18th edition and this year’s award goes to Author Rowan Somerville for his second book, The Shape of Her.
The award is given away every year
This classic of a book written by Harper Lee and adapted into a successful motion picture is celebrating its 50th anniversary. I remember after seeing the movie, I felt it was one of the best novel-adapted movies ever. Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout was just superb, to say the least.
In honour of the anniversary, theatres, art galleries, publishers and others in New York and elsewhere have planned more than 50 events that include book readings, enacts from the film and screenings, walking tour of the author’s hometown in Alabama and silent auctions. HarperCollins also plans to bring out four new editions of the novel, with elegant new covers.
The literary achievements and recognitions that this book has received is humongous. It was originally published in 1960 by JB Lippincott and Co, which is now part of HarperCollins, won a Pulitzer Prize. The book sold about a million copies and in the past five years has been the second-best-selling backlist title in the country, beaten out only by The Kite Runner.
There’s artwork also created to honour ths great book. As part of the Alabama Humanities Foundation celebration the Stonehenge Gallery in Montegomery has displayed 36 pieces of work and movie showing at the Capri theatre.
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s work of epic fantasy, was adapted into a radio series broadcast as early as 1955, by BBC. It was made into an animated film in 1978, by Ralph Bakshi.
But the book received much acclaim after the film Trilogy came out in 2001, 2002 and 2003. It has been adapted into many video games, too. Not to mention its predecessors – card games and board games.
Entertainment Weekly has named The Lord of the Rings trilogy as the ‘Best Film of the Decade’ in their magazine poll of the 100 best books, characters, films, series, etc.
Man Booker Prize winners Arvind Adiga and Salman Rushdie, And Ghosh are featured in the longlist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Adiga has received nine nominations for his The White Tiger. It recognises a single work of fiction published in English. Other Indians and Indian-origin writers in the list are Canada-based Jaspreet Singh, US-based Indian writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Anuradha Roy.
Established in 1994, the annual IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the richest international prize for work in any language at €1,00,000. It is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries. The author receives €100,000 if the book is written in English. If it is an English translation, the author receives €75,000 and the translator, €25,000. The winner also receives a trophy which is sponsored by Waterford Crystal.The shortlist will be announced on 14 April 2010 and the winner be announced on 17 June 2010.
An interesting feature of the prize is that only the nominations made by libraries are accepted and not those from publishers.
On 6 October 2009 UK author Hilary Mantel won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her historical novel, Wolf Hall. Others in the shortlist were A.S. Byatt, Adam Foulds, J.M. Coetzee, Simon Mawer and Sarah Waters. Wolf Hall is set in the Tudor England of the early 16th century and narrates the story of Thomas Cromwell. It looks at goings on in the court of Henry VIII and how Cromwell helped him to sever the English Church’s Roman ties.
Mantel, 57, is currently working on a sequel, and Wolf Hall is her 11th work of fiction. She has a memoir and ten novels to her credit. Her latest book has already knocked off Dan Brown’s Langdon-starrer from Amazon’s bestseller list. Mantel’s earlier books too enjoy an increase in sales.
She has won many noteworthy awards and prizes. Her Fludd (1989), got her the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize. She won the 1996 Hawthornden Prize for An Experiment in Love (1995). Her Beyond Black (2005) was shortlisted for 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize and for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. This British author was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2006.
She was born near Glossop in Derbyshire. She has traveled widely and has lived in Botswana and Saudi Arabia. Mantel now lives with her husband Gerald McEwan, in Surrey.