Bangalore: Penguin has performed an astounding clean sweep at this year's Indiaplaza Golden Quill Awards, with two of its biggest bestsellers winning the awards in all three categories. The awards were announced in Bangalore last week.
The Readers' Choice Awards, decided by an online poll, went to Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies for Fiction and to Nandan Nilekani's Imagining India for Non-fiction.
Sea of Poppies also bagged the Jury Award for the Best Book. The jury comprising The Hindu's Senior Associate Editor Mukund Padmanabhan, Marathi writer Shanta Gokhale and writer and actor Tom Alter named Sea of Poppies the winner.
The Indiaplaza Golden Quill Awards, which were started last year, are organised by the country's largest online bookstore, and reward the best fiction and non-fiction writing of the year by an Indian author domiciled in India.
The award in each category carries a cash prize, a citation and a trophy. The Indiaplaza Award is special because it also involves readers in the final choice of the winners.
The 2009 awards were for the best writing of 2008.
Penguin had also won the Jury Award for Brinda Charry's Naked in the Wind at the inaugural Indiaplaza Golden Quill Awards last year.
These awards follow Penguin's winning performance at the Vodafone Crossword Awards earlier this year, where Sea of Poppies was adjudged the joint winner for Best Work in English Fiction and Penguin also won the award for Indian Language Fiction Translation for T'ta Professor by Manohar Shyam Joshi; translated by Ira Pande.