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And The Winner Is…!
This literary award season was officially launched with the declaring of Chinese author Mo Yan as the winner of Nobel Prize for Literature. At BOOKADDA, we’ve reviewed the literary award winners of 2012. The creative works have been judged the best of their kind. What is your take on their win? Tell us in the comments!
1. The 2012 Man Booker PrizeThe winner of the Man Booker Prize is chosen from a shortlist of six books authored by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Each of the six shortlisted writers is awarded £2,500 and a specially commissioned beautifully hand-bound edition of his/her book. The winner receives £50,000. The judges took nine months to come to a conclusion. This definitely wasn’t easy. The scrutiny involved hard work, reading and re-reading of books at least three times by the judges and waiting for public’s verdict on their choice.
Universal praise from critics and reading public made Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel the winner of Man Booker Prize 2012. This award made Hilary Mantel the third author to win the award twice, and the first to win it with a sequel.
2. The 2012 Economist Crossword AwardThe Economist-Crossword Book Award is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in India. It recognises and rewards the best of Indian writing and ensures that works of merit reach a wider audience. The award is given to the deserving writers in five categories, namely Fiction, Non-Fiction, Translation, Children’s Writing and Most Popular. The Economist-Crossword awards for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Translation and Children’s Writing will each carry a cash prize of Rs 3 lacs, a trophy and a citation. The Popular Award entitles the winning author to a cash prize of Rs 1 lac and a certificate.
The 11th edition of the Economist-Crossword Book Award shortlisted nominees like Jeet Thayil whose latest novel Narcopolis was in the Man Booker shortlist this year. The winner in the Fiction category is Anuradha Roy for The Folded Earth, in the Non-Fiction category Aman Sethi bagged the prize for A Free Man.In the Translation category The Araya Woman by Narayan won the award which was translated from Malayalam by Catherine Thankamma. 17 by Anita Agnihotri, translated from Bengali by Arunava Sinha received award for Children’s Writing. The Incredible Banker by Ravi Subramanian was awarded the Most Popular book award.3. 2012 CWA DaggersThe Crime Writers’ Association awards the best writers in contemporary crime writing. The winners of the ornamental daggers and cash prizes were revealed at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in London. The winner of Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel receives a gold dagger and £2,500, the winner of Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Thriller received a steel dagger and £2,000, and the winner of John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut received the new blood dagger and £1,000.
The jury for Best Crime Novel category are all reviewers from British publications because they generally have read most of the titles that are submitted each year. The Non-Fiction category is judged by a panel with members having publishing and/or legal experience. The panel of judges for Thriller category includes agents, authors, booksellers and reviewers. The Historical category is judged by the most recent winner, as well as reviewers and historians. The First Crime Novel category is judged by a panel of previous winners. The winner for Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2012 is The Rage by Gene Kerrigan, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Thriller in 2012 was awarded toA Foreign Country by Charles Cumming, and John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut was bagged by A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash.
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