Four Indian authors in race for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

Times of India,19 February 2010

Four Indian authors in race for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

NEW DELHI: Four Indian authors have been nominated for this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

While Amit Chaudhuri (for “The Immortals”), Rana Dasgupta (for “Solo”) and Keki Daruwalla (for “Pepper and Christ”) figure in the Best Book (South Asia and Europe) category, Chandrahas Choudhury (“Arzee the Dwarf”) has been nominated in the Best First Book Category.

The prize is presented by the Commonwealth Foundation with support from the Macquarie Group Foundation.

The final programme, starting on April 7 in Delhi will bring together the finalists from the different regions of the Commonwealth, and the two overall winners will be announced here on April 12.

“The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize is distinct and unique in that the books that win often have strong insight, spirit and voice about the incredible diversity, history and society of the Commonwealth,” says director of the Commonwealth Foundation, Mark Collins.

“The Prize aims to reward the best of Commonwealth fiction written in English and in doing so, spots rising talent and creates new literary figures from the Commonwealth. This is the Prize to watch for tomorrow’s best-sellers,” he said.