The Hindu Prize 2017, which recognizes the best work of Indian literary fiction of the year released its shortlist at The Hindu Lit for Life Annual Lecture.
Leila by Prayaag Akbar,
When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy,
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy,
The Small Town Sea by Anees Salim and
Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan made up the shortlist.
The winner will be announced at the Lit for Life event to be held in January 2018. The jury comprises Ananya Vajpeyi, Chandan Gowda, Gauri Viswanathan, Jonathan Gil Harris and Kamini Mahadevan. The jury gave a long list of 45 books and then zeroed in on the five that made it to the shortlist.
The first award was given in 2010 to Manu Joseph for his novel Serious Men, and last year, Kiran Doshi’s ‘Jinnah Often Came To Our House’ won the award.