True blue denizens of the Indian literature diaspora continue to be front runners in the Popular shortlist of the 16th Raymond Crossword Book awards (RCBA).
Names such as Arundhati Roy, Ruskin Bond, Amish Tripathi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ravi Subramanian are in the running, with the much loved Sudha Murthy leading the nominations for three different titles.
The popular category at the Raymond Crossword Book Awards comprises awards in 5 categories, which includes best fiction, biography, non-fiction, Business & Management, Health & Fiction and children’s Writing.
“ The popular award winners for all the categories are traditionally selected through online voting,” added Maulik Desai, head of Crossword Bookstores.
Penguin Random House leads with 15 nominations, among 30 nominees for the Popular Choice awards. Westland. Aleph, Jaico, Aatman Innovations, Juggernaut, Speaking Tiger, Harper Collins and Hachette also figure in the nominations.
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has been shortlisted in the Children’s book category for Exam Warriors while Congress’ Shashi Tharoor has been shortlisted for his book Why I Am a Hindu.
The Raymond Crossword Book Award also has a Jury Category comprising best fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and translations. In addition to this, a Lifetime Achievement Award will also be announced, which was launched for the first time in 2016. A total of 11 awards will be given on December 20th, 2018.