Penguin India dominates Golden Quill awards

Ralph Baxter
News - Prizes 04 Sep 2009

Penguin India titles have won all three categories in the second Golden Quill Book Awards , held in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The awards, organised by Indian online retailer Indiaplaza, aim to recognise the best books by Indian authors, taking into consideration both fiction and non-fiction, with different categories voted on by critics and general book buyers.
Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies won the Jury Prize for Best Book as well as the Readers Choice Award for Fiction, while Nandan Nilekani's Imagining India won the Readers Choice Award for Non-Fiction. Both titles are published by Penguin in India. Sea of Poppies, the first in a projected trilogy, was also shortlisted for last year's Man Booker Prize (it is published by John Murray in the UK), and won another Indian book prize, the Vodafone Crossword Award, earlier this year.

Indiaplaza intends to expand its Golden Quill awards in future years to include other genres, such as society and culture, children's books, travel books and Indian language titles.

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