New Delhi: Six books including "River of Smoke" by Amitav Ghosh, "Narcopolis" by Jeet Thayil and "The Wandering" by Pakistan-based author Jamil Ahmad, have been shortlisted for the DSC South Asian Literature Prize 2013.
The list, announced in a gala at the Mayfair Hotel in London, it includes six writers -- three Indians, two Pakistani and one from Bangladesh -- besides an American translator for the $50,000 prize. The finalist will be announced at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival January 2013.
The jury of poet K. Satchidanandan, critic Muneeza Shamsie, Elliot Bay author reading programme founder Rick Simonson, Kathmandu Literary Jatra director Suvani Singh and Palestinian Festival of Literature co-founder Eleanor O'Keefe deliberated the list from a selection of 16 books.
Chair of the jury K. Satchidanandan said: "There were 81 entries for the prize this year, from authors and translators across India, Australia, Britain, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, reflecting the importance of South Asia's rapidly expanding book market."...more
11:32 AM, Nov 22, 2012