Amitav Ghosh honoured with 54th Jnanpith Award:
One of the most prominent contemporary Indian writers, Amitav Ghosh, has been honoured with the 54th Jnanpith Award for the year 2018 announced on 14 December. The 62-year-old English writer, born in Kolkata is known for his books, “The Circle of Reason”, “The Shadow Lines”, “The Calcutta Chromosome”, “The Glass Palace”, “The Hungry Tide”, “Sea of Poppies”, “River of Smoke”, “Flood of Fire”, and many more.
Starting from 1965, the Jnanpith award is being presented by the non-profit organisation, Bharatiya Jnanpith, every year, to Indian authors for their “outstanding contribution towards literature”.
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Sahitya Akademi announces winners:
The Sahitya Akademi in December announced the 2018 winners in 24 languages. The winners include Anees Saleem in English, Rama Kant Shukla in Sanskrit, Rajesh Kumar Vyas in Rajasthani, Rahman Abbas in Urdu, Lok Nath Upadhyay in Nepali, Chitra Mughal in Hindi and S. Ramakrishnan in Tamil, besides others. The winners will be awarded a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of ₹1 lakh at a special function on 29 January 2019 at Kamani Auditorium, Delhi. The Sahitya Akademi award is among the most prestigious literary honours bestowed on writers for their works across genres and languages.
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Justin Cartwright dies at 75:
Justin Cartwright, the South-African born writer breathed his last on 3 December 2018 at the age of 75. His son Serge informed that he was suffering from pneumonia; he had also been found to have dementia. His books were largely about people struggling to find their place in the world. Some of his popular literary works include “Freedom for the Wolves”, “In Every Face I Meet”, “Half in Love”, “The Promise of Happiness”, “The Song Before it is Sung”, “To Heaven by Water Bloomsbury”, “Up Against the Night”, etc.
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