Publishing News [National]

Bestselling author Charu Singh mesmerizing series The Maitreya Chronicles second book The Golden Dakini was launched at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. Andrew Quintman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, specializing in the Buddhist traditions of Tibet and the Himalaya, in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale was in conversation with Charu Singh. In this spellbinding sequel to Path of the Swan, Charu Singh deftly draws on the rich heritage of Tibetan-Buddhist mythology to immerse the reader in a story that is as magical and reminiscent as its precursor.

Published by Hachette India, the basic concept behind The Maitreya Chronicles series is that of the prophesized saviour or the Maitreya Buddha that is to be born, the Path of the Swan unfolds as a book with this concept at the heart of it, all the action around the first book is necessarily a build up for the prophesized birth of the Messiah. In The Golden Dakini, a series of adventures lead to the birth of the Maitreya Buddha. She plans to do a third book centered on the Maitreya Buddha and his rather eventful youth and his innate spirituality.

Talking on the sequel, Charu Singh said, The Golden Dakini was the second part of a beautiful journey through the mystery and splendour of Tibetan Buddhism. I was able to carry forward the story that began with the Path of the Swan and in this book I explored several new characters and concepts. I hope it gets as fulfilling for my readers as it was for me while writing it."

The British Council, in partnership with the London Book Fair, the Estonian Literature Centre, Writers’ and Translators’ House, Latvia and the Lithuanian Culture Institute, announced the Baltic Countries Market Focus Cultural Programme for The London Book Fair 2018, taking place from April 10–12, 2018.

This year’s author delegation brings twelve prominent and engaging writers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, representing the very best of contemporary literature. The London Book Fair Cultural Programme will give a rare opportunity to meet and hear from Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian writers, who will be in discussion with counterpart UK authors in front of an international literary audience.

The delegation includes Authors of the Day: Writer and columnist Mihkel Mutt, one of the most provocative Estonian authors. He has published close to 40 books in genres as diverse as novels, memoirs and children’s books. Another author includes Nora Ikstena, one of the most influential prose writers and essayists in Latvia. Her book Soviet Milk comes out in the UK in March 2018 with Peirene Press. While, writer and art historian Kristina Sabaliauskaite, the most widely read contemporary Lithuanian author, will also be present. Her Silva Rerum Saga is considered to be the most important Lithuanian literary event of the last decade.

The delegation will be complete by Maarja Kangro, Andrei Ivanov and Rein Raud from Estonia; Karlis Verdinš, Luize Pastore and Inga Abele from Latvia; Tomas Venclova, Undine Radzevičiute and Alvydas Šlepikas from Lithuania. Together they represent a wide variety of literary genres, including: poetry, children’s literature, playwriting, reportage and prose.

The Cultural Programme will include events at the British Library and the National Poetry Library where readers can meet writers and take part in discussions.

Pratham Books was declared Publisher of the Year at the recently announced Publishing Next Industry Awards 2017. The Awards, now in its 4th year, seek to recognize innovation and leadership of publishing professionals and others in the book trade. Niyogi Books came runner up in this category.

This year several new categories were introduced, especially for Indian languages. While "Invisible Libraries" by Yoda Press was declared winner in the Printed Book of the Year (English) category, Adhyathma Ramayanam Kilippattu by Palm Leaf Innovations won the Printed Book of the Year (Indian Language Category). The Gene (Allen Lane) and Baaghbaan – Nindiya Chor (Harper Hindi) were runners up in these categories respectively. In the children's book categories, When I Grow Up I Want to be a Tiger (Speaking Tiger) and Muezza and Baby Jaan (Puffin Books) were winner and runners up respectively in the Children's Book (English) category while Mujhe Ghar Mil Gaya (Mumbai Mobile Creches) and Akal Aur Uske Baad (Eklavya Publications) were winner and runners up respectively in the Children's Book (Indian Language) category. In the Illustrated Book of the Year category, a category introduced for the first time this year, Rehearsing Freedom (Leftword Books) came up winner, while Taj Mahal: Multiple Narratives (Om Books) was declared runner up. The Awards also recognizes the merit of several professions within the publishing industry, besides publishing companies themselves. The Cover Design of the Year (English) award, presented to the book designer, was won by Bena Sareen for the cover she designed for How I Became a Tree (Aleph Book Co,), while Harshad Marathe was runner up for his cover of Mohanaswamy (HarperCollins India). In the corresponding category, Cover Design of the Year (Indian Languages), Mugdha Sadhwani won the Award for her design of the cover for Achanak Ek Kavita (Yatra Books) while Pooja Ahuja was declared runner up for her design of the cover for Akbar (Rajkamal Prakashan). The newly introduced Editor of the Year Award was won by Shantanu Rau Choudhury (Harper Collins), while Simar Puneet (Aleph Books) was declared runner up.

Mount Litera School International (MLSI)- one of Mumbai’s leading IB schools, announced its partnership with the first ever Mumbai edition of Bookaroo- India’s first children’s literature festival. The festival is scheduled to take place on February 24-25, 2018 at the premises of MLSI- Bandra-Kurla Complex.

The Festival won the prestigious London Book Fair International Excellence Award for Literary Festival in 2017. Since its inception in 2008, Bookaroo has visited nine cities and has held 26 editions in the last 10 years. This year in Mumbai, the festival will welcome over 20 well established authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers to unveil their magic. A true champion in bringing stories alive through storytelling, dramatized reading, workshops, art and craft, the Festival aims to encourage freedom of thought in young minds thereby promoting a love for literature. Welcoming children as book lovers, the festival is specially curated for 4 to 14 year olds with sessions for every age at every hour.

To mark its 13-year publishing journey, Niyogi Books has launched three new imprints for translation, fiction and non-fiction.The publishing house also announced that it would soon venture into language publishing.

Well known poet and short story writer Keki N Daruwalla launched Olive Turtle and shared how Indian English writing has changed over the years.

The Thornbird imprint, dedicated to greatest translated works, was launched by Kannada poet and author H S Shivaprakash while the non-fiction imprint called Paper Missile was launched by academician and creative writer Udaya Narayana Singh.