The Sahitya Akademi Prize, India’s biggest literary award and one of the few that honours books in regional languages, confers prizes on books published in 24 languages across the country. Scroll.in has compiled a magnificent reader’s guide to the books that won in 2015, with a detailed description of what the book is about, and why you should read it.
A new book prize in the UK will now award writers of colour, following recent calls for diversification in the book awards and publishing industry in the country. The Jhalak Prize, named after the Hindi word for a glimpse, will annually award British or British-resident writers of colour, and is open to writers in any genre. The award is part of an increasing move in the country to recognize more diversity in publishing; a report last year found ‘the best chance of publication for writers of colour was to write literary fiction conforming to a stereotypical view of their communities‘.
Also, London will see its first literary festival for minority writers starting from today, 26th February. The founders of the festival said they were spurred on by a recent report on diversity in publishing noted that out of more than 2,000 authors at UK’s top three literary festivals last year, ‘only 4 percent were Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian or East Asian writers‘.