Dehradun, Friday, September 29th: Today afternoon i.e. the 29th of September, Valley of Words| Shabdavali announced the winners of all eight categories of its Book Awards—celebrating the best of English Literature and Hindi Sahitya. The VoW Book Awards 2023 is currently in its seventh edition as the most comprehensive independent literary award programme in India.
Over 600 nominations were received in 2023 from 70 publishing houses across the country. The selection of the books involved a three-stage process, and is indeed a tough call as the quality of submissions have become more competitive each year. The critically-acclaimed longlist of ten books per category was brought down to a final five in the shortlist. The final winners were selected through an ongoing process which began in August this year, with the VoW Secretariate and the esteemed Jury working in tandem, for each of the eight categories.
Commenting on the Book Awards, Festival Director Dr Sanjeev Chopra stated, ‘I take this opportunity to thank the distinguished Members of our Jury: Dr Rudranghsu Mukherjee (English Non-Fiction), Prof. Satish Aikant (English Fiction), Pooja Marwah (Writings for Young Adults), Alka Saraogi (Hindi Non-Fiction), Neelakshi Singh (Hindi Fiction), Mamta Nainy (Writings for Children), Dr Anjan Ray (Translations to Hindi) and Ira Pande (Translations into English) for their painstaking efforts in reading all the books and giving their recommendations.” He further added, “The VoW book Awards are an iconic offering in the sense that each of the selected books tells a story .. of identity, of imagination , of aspiration , of times that have gone by, of issues that are contemporary, and of the future as well , including the world of Chat GPT.”
The VoW Book Award Winners for 2023 are…
No Way In by Udayan Mukherjee
The Journey of Hindi Language Journalism in India by Mrinal Pande
(OrientBlack Swan Pvt Ltd)
Shahar Se Das Kilometer by Neelesh Raghuwanshi
HINDI NON- FICTION
Dinank kay Bina by Ushakiran Khan
WRITINGS FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Children of the Hidden Land by Mandira Shah
WRITINGS/PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Jhupli's Honey Box by Achintyarup Ray
TRANSLATION INTO HINDI
Bhaaga Hua Ladka Translated by Amrita Bera
TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH
The Bride : The Maithili Classic Kanyadan Translated by Lalit Kumar
The Valley of Words community extends warm congratulations to all the winners this year! Please join us at the finale of the 7th Edition of Valley of Words|Shabdavali, on the 16th and 17th of December 2023, Dehradun, as we celebrate the Word—and beyond.
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