Penguin India won top honours at this year’s Vodafone Crossword Book Awards for Best Fiction Book, Best Non-Fiction Book and Best Popular Book, continuing Penguin’s success at the prestigious awards.
The awards ceremony for books published in 2009 was held on 20 August at the Tata Theatre at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai.
Kalpana Swaminathan’s Venus Crossing won the Best Fiction Book award. Rajni Bakshi’s Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom and Sunanda K. Datta-Ray’s Looking East to Look West were jointly awarded the Best Non-Fiction Book award. Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom also won the Best Popular Book award, which is based on text-message votes by Vodafone subscribers from books shortlisted in the Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s categories.
Seven Penguin books were shortlisted in the four categories this year. Apart from the winners, the other shortlisted Penguin books were Abha Dawesar’s Family Values in Fiction, Gurcharan Das’s The Difficulty of Being Good in Non-Fiction, Bhavendra Nath Saikia’s The Hour Before Dawn (translated by Maitreyi S.C.) in the Translation category, and Shreekumar Varma’s The Magic Store of Nu-Cham-Vu in the Children’s category.