You want $50,000? write in...
Half-a-million dollars is good money. It’s even better if you have plans of chucking your day job to write, write, write. So, playing guardian angel is the DSC South Asian Prize for Literature that was announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival last month. What’s the deal? It has to be an original work of fiction published between April 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010. All languages are allowed so long as they are translated into English. Go and nag your publishers now!
His experiments with...well... truth
To catch former Andhra Pradesh Governor, Congressman and cult adult movie actor N.D. Tiwari at a book launch is as strange as finding Kapil Dev holding a book. So when Tiwari was found sitting quietly at the launch of sports journalist Tina Sharma Tiwari’s novel, Running On Full, at the World Book Fair in Delhi on Thursday, I wasn’t surprised to find media attention focused on Kapil Dev — the other guest at the launch. But as is known in seedy CD circles and among the literate, I don’t come out of a book event without a hot piece of news. So here it is: Tiwari is finishing his autobiography that Rupa will be publishing later this year or next. I’ll be looking forward to the chapter that could start with, “The hot water in the guest house was hot. I took off my socks and...” Watch this space for further updates.
Held prisoner to their taste
One major incentive to keep the law in Texas is that you can’t read any of Hunter S. Thompson’s book while in prison. Texan jail authorities have banned other writers such as John Updike, John Grisham, Joyce Carol Oates and Pablo Neruda as well. Why? Because of sex, security and race concerns. And no, there’s no name of Salman Rushdie in the Texan fatwa list.