DEHRADUN: Valley of Words recently announced winners of all eight categories of its Book Awards— celebrating the best of English and Hindi literature. The PFC-VoW Book Awards is currently in its sixth edition.
Over 400 nominations were received this hear from 37 publishing houses across the country. The critically-acclaimed list of ten books per category was brought down to a final five in the shortlist and then the selection of the winners was done by an esteemed jury for each category.
Commenting on the Book Awards, Festival Director Dr Sanjeev Chopra said, “The selection of the books involves a three-stage process, and is indeed a tough call as the quality of submissions becomes more competitive each year. I take this opportunity to thank the distinguished members of our jury: Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed (English Non-Fiction), Prof.
Surekha Dangwal (English Fiction), Menaka Raman (Writings for Young Adults), Rajeev Sharma (Hindi NonFiction), Alka Saraogi (Hindi Fiction), Paro Anand (Writings for Children), Padmaja Ghorpade (Translations to Hindi) and Ranjita Biswas (Translations into English) for their painstaking efforts in reading all the books and giving their recommendations.”
The following is the list of PFCVoW Book Award Winners for 2022:
- ENGLISH FICTION: The Odd Book of Baby Names by Anees Salim (Penguin Random House); EN
- LISH NONFICTION: Tagore & Gandhi: Walking Alone, Walking Together by Rudrangshu Mukherjee (Aleph Book Company); HINDI FICTION: Khela by Neelakshi Singh
- WRITINGS FOR YOUNG ADULTS: Savi and the Memory Keeper by Bijal Vachharajani (Hachette); l WRITINGS/PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: Aai and I by Mamta Nainy (Pickle Yolk Books);
- TRANSLATION TO HINDI: Yaadon Ke Bikhre Moti: Batware ki Kahaniyan by Aanchal Malhotra translated by Brig. Kamal Nayan Pandit (HarperCollins) and
- TRANSLATION TO ENGLISH: Amader Shantiniketan by Shivani translated by Ira Pande (Penguin Random House).
(Setu Publications); HINDI NON- FICTION: Jeete Ji Allahabad by Mamta Kalia (Rajkamal Prakashan);