Team Blitz India
DEHRADUN: The Valley of Words (VoW) announced winners of eight categories of its book awards for 2023, celebrating the best of English and Hindi literature.
Over 600 nominations were received from 70 publishing houses across the country. The selection of the books involved a three-stage process. The critically-acclaimed longlist of ten books per category was brought down to a final five and the winners were selected through an ongoing process which began in August.
Festival Director Dr. Sanjeev Chopra said, “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 Award winners for 2023 are: English Fiction: No Way In by Udayan Mukherjee (Bloomsbury); English Non-fiction: The Journey of Hindi Language Journalism in India by Mrinal Pande (OrientBlack Swan); Hindi Fiction: Shahar Se Das Kilometer by Neelesh Raghuwanshi (Rajkamal Publications); Hindi NoFiction: Dinank kay Bina by Ushakiran Khan (Vani Publications); Writings for Young Adults: Children of the Hidden Land by Mandira Shah (Speaking Tiger); Writings/Picture Books for Children: Jhupli’s Honey Box by Achintyarup Ray (Tulika Publishers); Translation into Hindi: Bhaaga Hua Ladka Translated by Amrita Bera (Westland) and Trnaslation into English: The Bride : The Maithili Classic Kanyadan Translated by Lalit Kumar (Harper Collins).