The Raymond Crossword Book Award, India’s that recognises and rewards the best of Indian writing and Indian authors recently announced its jury for the 15thedition.
Formed in 1998, the awards have been equated to the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, The Pulitzer and The Booker, and are a definitive, veritable platform for Indian authors.
The fiction shortlist comprises of
• Murder in Mahim by Jerry Pinto
• The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
• Savithri’s Special Room and Other Stories by Manu Bhattathiri
• Things to Leave Behind by Namita Gokhale
• Harilal and Sons by Sujit Saraf
The non-fiction shortlist comprises
• The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh
• Borderlands–Travels across India’s Boundaries by Pradeep Damodaran
• Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra
• A Feast of Vultures by Josy Joseph
• An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor.
The jury shortlist in the children’s category includes
• How old is Muttajji? by Roopa Pai and Kaveri Gopalakrishnan
• 2 by Paro Anand, Garima Gupta, Kaveri Gopalakrishnan and Orjan Persson
• Hot Chocolate is Thicker than Blood by Rupa Gulab
• Muezza and Baby Jaan by Anita Nair
• Monkey Trouble and other Grandfather stories by Ruskin Bond and Priya Kurian.
The books in the Translation category include
• A Preface to Man by Subash Chandran translated by Fathima EV (Malayalam)
• I Want to Destroy Myself by Malika Amar Shaikh translated by Jerry Pinto (Marathi)
• Zindagi Nama by Krishna Sobti translated by Moyna Mazumdar & Neer Kanwal Mani (Hindi)
• The Saga of Muziris by A. Sethumadhavan, translated by Prema Jayakumar (Malayalam)
• Bara by U. R. Ananthamurthy translated by Chandan Gowda (Kannada).