DSC South Asian Literature Festival 2010

Haven’t heard of the DSC South Asian Literature Festival?  Neither had I, until I received an email about it earlier this week from someone involved in the organization, asking me to inform my readers about the festival.

It’s “Britain’s first major festival celebrating South Asian literature” and it runs from October 15-31, with locations all over the UK.  This is one of those (many) times I’m very jealous of those of you across the pond!  It’s in London from October 15-25, and then will move across the rest of Britain for the remaining dates.  If you are in Britain, or know someone who will be there, I highly encourage you to check out the festival and spread the word.  This is something that is invaluable to the South Asian literary community, and I really hope it is a success, as I’d love to be able to attend sometime!

If that’s not enough, there is also a prize to go along with the festival!  It’s called the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (pretty self-explanatory).  They have just announced the longlist for the prize, which consists of:

  • Way to Go – Upamanyu Chatterjee
  • The Immortals – Amit Chaudhuri
  • Arzee the Dwarf – Chandrahas Choudhury
  • The Story of a Widow – Musharraf Ali Farooqui
  • A Disobedient Girl – Ru Freeman
  • Neti Neti – Anjum Hassan
  • Atlas of Unknowns – Tania James
  • The Immigrant – Manju Kapur
  • Home Boy – HM Naqvi
  • The Hour Past Midnight – Salma
  • The Middleman – Sankar
  • The Wish Maker – Ali Sethi
  • Chef – Jaspreet Singh
  • The Temple-Goers – Aatish Taseer

Some of these I’ve already read (and have linked to my reviews), others I want to read, and the rest I haven’t heard of.  But you can bet I’m going to try and find every one of these books, even if they aren’t available in the United States.  The shortlist will be announced at the festival, and the winner in January 2011.

Comments

  1. I’ve read two of the books on the long list: The Temple-goers and A Life Apart (recently added to long list) I wasn’t that impressed with either, but am keen to read a few more. I’ve heard great things about Chef, so that might be the next I try. I hope you decide to read a few so that you can tell me whether or not I’m likely to enjoy them 🙂

  2. I’ve read two of the books on the long list: The Temple-goers and A Life Apart (recently added to long list) I wasn’t that impressed with either, but am keen to read a few more. I’ve heard great things about Chef, so that might be the next I try. I hope you decide to read a few so that you can tell me whether or not I’m likely to enjoy them 🙂

  3. OMG! That is fantastic!I hope it is a success too 🙂 oh I really need to track these books down too 🙂

  4. OMG! That is fantastic!I hope it is a success too 🙂 oh I really need to track these books down too 🙂

  5. its one of those lists where i can easily say i have read most books!

    story of a widow is a delicious little book.

    temple goers, slightly slow in pace, but insightful if you have the patience.

    you could skip wishmaker, it is just a re-hash of existing diaspora formulae.

    i have heard rave reviews about arzee, neti neti and home boy and at least one sits pretty on my shelf.

    the middleman is said to be india’s answer to arthur hailey’s hotel.

    manju kapur in immigrant is enjoyable.

  6. its one of those lists where i can easily say i have read most books!

    story of a widow is a delicious little book.

    temple goers, slightly slow in pace, but insightful if you have the patience.

    you could skip wishmaker, it is just a re-hash of existing diaspora formulae.

    i have heard rave reviews about arzee, neti neti and home boy and at least one sits pretty on my shelf.

    the middleman is said to be india’s answer to arthur hailey’s hotel.

    manju kapur in immigrant is enjoyable.

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