Browsing Month September, 2011

Daniel Watts, Pan Macmillan: “We’re looking to grow our commercial non-fiction list.”

By at September 27, 2011 | 1:02 AM | 0 Comment

It’s been one year since Pan Macmillan set shop in India. In a freewheeling chat with Foreword, regional director (India and Asia), Daniel Watts looks back at the year that was. Excerpts: [caption id="attachment_1014" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Watts: Passage to India"][/caption] Q. A year in India. What have been the more...

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The Hindu Literary Prize Shortlist: Magnificent Seven

By at September 25, 2011 | 11:24 PM | 0 Comment

The Hindu Literary Review completes 20 years. And what better way to celebrate than to put together a festival called Lit for Life. The Delhi leg of the three-day litfest set the tone for two more days (October 29 and 30) in Chennai that will follow. As literary conclaves go, The Hindu’s Lit for Life festival was a bit different. A Sunday morning breakfast was the more...

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Publishing at a Bookstore Near You

By at September 23, 2011 | 12:40 PM | 0 Comment

In what is a first from a major trade publisher, HarperCollins Publishers announced the "Comprehensive Backlist." This programme will allow all physical bookstores, from the largest to the smallest, to promote and sell the HarperCollins backlist through in-store “Digital-to-Print at Retail” (DPR) using the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). DPR editions will be sold on more...

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DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012: Longlist

By at September 14, 2011 | 7:54 PM | 0 Comment

The Longlist of 16 titles for the 2012 edition of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was announced today. The list, which represents the best works of fiction pertaining to the South Asian region, include an interesting mix of established as well debut novelists, along with three translated entries. The entries contending for the prestigious $50,000 award more...

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Crowdsourcing: Author raises $16,000 in a Week

By at September 13, 2011 | 8:49 PM | 1 Comments

Who needs a publisher if there was a way to raise money for the book you want to write? Jim Kukral did just that. Kukral went directly to his audience with the idea for a new series of books about how to build a business around a lifestyle on the Internet, The campaign utilized crowdsourcing to enlist his audience to pre-fund more...

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e-book inventor Michael Hart dies

By at September 9, 2011 | 12:04 PM | 0 Comment

Michael Stern Hart, who pioneered the electronic book 40 years ago, died on September 6, 2011. He was 64. Hart was the founder of the online library Project Gutenberg, which has 36,000 free (in the US) e-titles. These can be downloaded on to PCs, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable devices. Writing an obit on, the scientist Dr Gregory B Newby had more...

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Omair Ahmad: “It is easy to forget small town India”

By at September 5, 2011 | 11:08 PM | 0 Comment

Here’s another title from the Penguin stable that shone at the Vodafone Crossword Awards 2010. Omair Ahmad’s Jimmy the Terrorist shared the award for best fiction with Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph. Ahmad’s first reaction was happiness. “And then I was extremely happy that Sabah, who I had shown the short story that grew into the book, was there with me when more...

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Ashwin Sanghi: “Chanakya is the Perfect Grey Character”

By at September 4, 2011 | 6:01 PM | 2 Comments

The author of Chanakya’s Chant, which won the Popular Choice Award at the 2010 Vodafone Crossword Awards Night, feels that that winning in this category “is the proverbial icing on the cake”. “To win on the basis of being judged by one's readers and the public at large is an awesome and incredible high,” he says. Published by Westland, Chanakya’s Chant is more...

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Ranjit Lal: “I never thought it would get a Publisher”

By at September 4, 2011 | 1:15 PM | 0 Comment

The soft-spoken Ranjit Lal, who won the 2010 Vodafone Crossword Prize for children’s fiction with the young adult novel, Faces in the Water, normally takes everything with remarkable aplomb. However, in this case he laughs out and says, “I’m surprised.” Faces in the Water deals with the subject of female infanticide through the adventures of Gurmi, a more...

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Vodafone Crossword Award 2010

By at September 3, 2011 | 2:55 PM | 0 Comment

Omair Ahmad (Jimmy the Terrorist) and Anjali Joseph (Saraswati Park) beat off stiff competition from the likes of Upamanyu Chatterjee and Kalpish Ratna to share the 2010 Vodafone Crossword Award for English Fiction. For Joseph, this award capped off an impressive list prestigious awards that Saraswati Park has won. Earlier this year, she had won the Betty Trask Award more...

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