The JCB Prize for literature longlist is out, and this year, six women authors are dominating the prestigious list. The ten must-read novels this list has rounded up features writers from nine states and writings in five languages namely Assamese, Bengali, English, Malayalam, and Tamil. Authors with international acclaim, like Megha Majumdar and Annie Zaidi, have also made it to the list.
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The jury for this year’s award is headed by three women and two men. It includes Leela Samson, former chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, noted translator Tejaswini Niranjana, who is known for her books Mobilizing India and Musicophilia in Mumbai, and Deepika Sorabjee, head of arts at Tata Trusts.
Speaking on the selection for this year’s longlist, Mita Kapur, Literary Director of JCB, was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “If you look for a common thread…you would be hard-pressed to find one. But at the end of the day, the reason why our jury has chosen these 10 books is simple: they imagine and they are unforgettable.”
The shortlist, which will include five titles, will be announced on September 25. The winner will be declared on November 7. If a translated work wins the honour, then the translator will receive an additional ₹10 lakhs. One of the richest literary awards in the country, the prize money is ₹25 lakhs. Each of the five shortlisted authors will receive Rs 1 lakh; and in case of a translated work, the translator will receive ₹50,000.
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