Saturday, January 21, 2012

Out of Print authors at the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival last night. Prior to revealing that Shehan Karunatilaka’s Chinaman was the winner, the shortlisted authors read from their works, In the case of the novels in Kannada and Hindi, their translators followed the readings in the original text.

Two authors who’ve honoured Out of Print with their work, U R Anathamurthy with Apoorva and K R Usha with Sepia Tones were on that shortlist.  We are very proud.

‘Touch it, touch it, touch it,’ begins the passage that was read from Bharathipura, which addresses caste and untouchability. And in Kannada, read by Professor Ananthamurthy’s daughter, ‘Mutti, mutti, mutti.’

K R Usha read from her latest book, Monkey Man, paragraphs that set the tone of combined curiosity and anxiety that strike the fine citizens of Bangalore when a creature, squat and hairy and monstrous appears on their horizon.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Out of Print Author Series: Jahnavi Barua shortlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize

Brilliant news: Out of Print author, Jahnavi Barua’s novel, Rebirth is shortlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize

Jahnavi's delicate, yet powerful short story, Birdsong appeared in our March issue last year. Rebirth, about a young woman who moves between Guwahatti and Bangalore explores the complexities of marriage and relationship with the same sure touch we saw in Birdsong. The novel is among a significant collection of works shortlisted for the prize that are about rapidly changing life in diverse worlds.

Our Author Series celebrates the publications and other literary achievements of our authors.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Out of Print Author Series: script by Annie Zaidi in production

We are excited when Out of Print authors go on to other successes. Our Author Series celebrates their publications and other literary achievements.

In this post, we are pleased to announce that the script Jaal by Out of Print author, Annie Zaidi goes into production and will be in Mumbai, at Prithvi Theatre on January 19th and at the NCPA on the 28th. Annie has sent us a link to its intriguing teaser. Surely we need to see the play, know more.

For an author who professed in her interview on the Out of Print blog that her natural bent is towards non-fiction, Annie’s fiction is pretty intense and deeply expressed and dramatic. I, for one, am curious to see the play!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012

It is the second day of 2012, and Out of Print is back at the desk, reading submissions and planning for the next issue. We already have some great possibilities lined up for March, and are excited about how it will all come together.

Wishing our readers and friends a year of brilliant stories and inspired writing.

the Editors