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 Book Awards 

VoW's signature event recognizing best authors and books published in a calendar year in eight categories

A signature event where VoW acknowledges the authors, the best books published in the previous calendar year in eight categories: Hindi Fiction , Nonfiction and Translations from Bhashas of Bharat , English Fiction , Nonfiction and Translations from Bhashas of Bharat besides the best offerings in children’s’ literature and writings for Young Adults 

VoW Book Awards - 2022


Valley of Words welcomed back its eagerly anticipated annual extravaganza in physical format after a hiatus of 2 years. 


The 6th edition of the #VowLitFest and #VoWBookAwards, Dehradun's most keenly anticipated literary and cultural festival, turned out to be a melting pot of conversations, performances, debates, recitals & exhibitions involving 100+ Award Winning Authors, 8 Book Awards, a dozen Book Launches and more.


This 2022 edition celebrated diversity in bringing authors, books, conversations, debates, exhibitions, and much more. This edition, VoW inaugurated three new exhibitions — Iti Nritya, which showcased the beauty of our Indian dances from around the country; Iti Lekh, with bookstalls and publishers for afficiandos to discover new titles; Iti Naatya which brought forth theatre and recitation by school children from the Valley. 


The 2022 edition featured:


* Inauguration by Hon'ble Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Gurmeet Singh



* Text, Context and National Interest

Shekhar Gupta and Sanjeev Chopra in conversation with

Hon’ble Governor of Kerala Shri Arif Mohammed Khan 


* VoW Book Awardees including Rudrangshu Mukherjee (Tagore and Gandhi), Ira Pande (Amader Shantiniketan), Translator Brig Kamalnayan Pandit (Yaadon Ke Bikhre Moti: Batware ki Kahaniyan by Aanchal Malhotra), Ratna Manucha (Aai and I), Neelakshi Singh (Khela) & Mamta Kalia (Jeete ji Allahabad).



* Launch of Dr Sanjeev Chopra's book

We the People of the States of Bharat

Shekhar Gupta in conversation with Sanjeev Chopra


* Parliamentary Debate: "Double-Digit Growth is Possible Only With Urbanization?"

National Inter-School Debate

National Inter-College Debate


* A children's play entirely in Sanskrit 


* A NABARD exhibition on GI products from Uttarakhand 


* Valediction

Keynote: Hon’ble Chief Minister, Uttarakhand

Pushkar Singh Dhami


The festival was back at the Madhuban Hotel in 2022 with open-access to all sessions.

Past Book Award Winners


REC- VoW Book Awards 2024

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