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11 Aug 2020, 21:19 HRS IST
  • PTI
COVID-19 tally in West Bengal crosses one lakh-mark with 2,931 new infections; 49 fresh fatalities take toll to 2,149: Health new infections; 49 fresh fatalities take toll to 2,149: Health Department.
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  • Action-packed year for books
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  • This development came a month after Bloomsbury had to withdraw all copies of “The Descent of Air India” by former executive director of the airline Jitendra Bhargava in which he blames ex-Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for the near grounding of the national carrier.

    A book on Abu Salem was also in the news with the mobster moving a court seeking withdrawal of “My name is Abu Salem” by S Hussain Zaidi that documents his flamboyant life. A number of literary festivals were held during the year, prominent among them were the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), Mumbai International Literary festival, Bangalore Literature Festival, Kochi International Book festival and Kolkata Literary festival.
    Apart for the controversies, the year was mostly good for publishers. V K Karthika, chief editor and publisher of HarperCollins India, told PTI, “2014 was an exciting year when we launched our children’s imprint Harper Kids, we focused on publishing very different categories including politics, cinema and our spirituality imprint - Harper Element. Several books won awards across genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.”

    Adds managing editor Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, “2014 was very good. We had a bestseller – ‘Dark Star’, a book on Rajesh Khanna by Gautam Chintamani which sold over 5,000 copies in two months. Joy Goswami was selected as the Poet Laureate of India by Tata Lit for Life. We published his collection of poetry this year.”

    According to Rajdeep Mukherjee, Senior Vice president at Pan Macmillan India, 2014 gave the publishing house a “success a month with books such as ‘Cell’ by Robin Cook, ‘The Finisher’ by David Baldacci and ‘Fangirl’ (YA category) by Rainbow Rowell going into quick reprints in the month of the publication”.

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