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11 Aug 2020, 22:13 HRS IST
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    • Bookworm
  • Action-packed year for books
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  • Pankaj Mishra was among eight writers from seven countries who won Yale University’s prestigious USD 1,50,000 Windham Campbell Literature prize in recognition of their literary achievements. India-born British author Neel Mukherjee, who was shortlisted for the 2014 Booker Prize for novel “The Lives of Others” lost to Australian novelist Richard Flanagan. Mukherje’s novel has also been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards in the UK to be announced in January.

    Historian Ramachandra Guha’s “Gandhi Before India” figured among 100 Notable Books of 2014 selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review so were works of five Indian-American writers - Vikram Chandra, columnist Anand Giridharadas, journalist Anand Gopal, Delhi-born Akhil Sharma and surgeon Atul Gawande.

    The year began with the seventh edition of JLF which witnessed a record footfall, with close to 2.2 lakh book lovers thronging the historic Diggi palace.The five-day festival played host to two Nobel laureates Amartya Sen and Harold Varmus, four of 2013’s listed Man Booker authors Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tash Aw and Alison MacLeod besides several well-known literary faces like Jonathan Franzen, Gloria Steinem, S R Faruqi, Ved Mehta, Reza Aslan and Samantha Shannon.

    But unlike the past couple of years, this edition was bereft of any major controversy though on the penultimate day, activists of Jaipur-based Sri Rajput Karni Sena protested against the presence of filmmaker Ekta Kapoor, objecting to the title of her TV serial “Jodha Akbar”, which they claimed presented their culture in bad light. They were, however, pushed outside the venue.

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