Thursday, March 19, 2009

CWP 2009: Announcement of Regional Winners for Europe and South Asia: A Brief Report.

The Commonwealth writers Prize for Europe and South Asia was announced at 4:00pm Thursday 12th March 2009 at The Oxford Bookstore, Statesman House, 148, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. Oxford Bookstore in association with the Commonwealth Foundation organized this event, which was designed mostly as an interactive press conference, with a small number of select intellectuals and book lovers in attendance. Samvad India Foundation offered logistical support and facilitation, a non-profit trust devoted to inter-cultural dialogue.

The Chair of the Europe and South Asia jury of the CWP, Professor Makarand Paranjape, coordinated the event, explained the judging process and The Commonwealth Foundation.

Mr. Karan Thapar, a well-known media personality and TV show host, declared the winner of the Best Book award and Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of Parliament and Union Cabinet Minister announced the winner for the Best first book. The above mentioned guests of honour read out favourite excerpts from the respective books that won the prize. The Best Book was awarded to Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unacusstomed Earth and the First Best Book to Mohommed Hanif’s The Case of Exploding Mangoes.

Professor Makarand Paranjape and Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, answered questions during the Q&A after the announcements.

The following books, apart from the award- winning book, were short listed for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book from Europe and South Asia:
Sulaiman Addonia- The Consequences of Love Chatto & Windus, UK
Daniel Clay- Broken HarperCollins, UK
Joe Dunthorne- Submarine Random House, UK
Murzaban F. Shroff- Breathless in Bombay St. Martin’s Griffin, India
Rowan Somerville - End of Sleep, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, UK

The following books apart from the award-winning book, were short listed for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best Book from Europe and South Asia:
Chris Cleave- The Other Hand, Sceptre, UK
Shashi Deshpande - The Country of Deceit , Penguin, India
Philip Hensher- The Northern Clemency Fourth Estate, UK
David Lodge- Deaf Sentence, Harvill Secker, UK
Salman Rushdie- The Enchantress of Florence, Random House, UK


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