The shortlist for the Atta Galatta –Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize 2020 for both fiction and non-fiction categories has been announced. Instituted in 2015, Atta Galatta Book Prize honours work in English annually. It encloses a cash prize of 2 lakhs for the categories — Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction, and Literary Achievement Award in Kannada.
The fiction list consists of 6 titles. The list includes Bombay Balchão by Jane Borges, Chorashastra by VJ James, translated by Morley J Nair, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara, Hijab by Guruprasad Kaginele, translated by Pavan N Rao, In Search of Heer by Manjul Bajaj, and The Man Who Learnt to Fly but Could Not Land by Thachom Poyil Rajeevan, translated by PJ Mathew.
The nonfiction titles include Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race and Empire by Pankaj Mishra, Let Me Say it Now by Rakesh Maria, Panjab: Journeys Through Fault Lines by Amandeep Sandhu, Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers by TM Krishna, The Death Script: Dreams and Delusions in Naxal Country by Ashutosh Bhardwaj, and Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation by Tara Kaushal.