New Delhi, November 2019: On Sunday, at the concluding ceremony of the tenth edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, Penguin Random House India bagged the coveted position of Publisher of the year. India’s largest English trade publishing house had previously won this award in 2017.
Penguin Random House India also had the highest number of nominations with seven titles nominated across categories. Of the four categories with nominated titles in the shortlist, the publishing house won in two – Book of the Year (Fiction)- Raj Kamal Jha’s The City And The Sea and Business Book of the Year- Raghunath Mashelkar and Ravi Pandit’s Leapfrogging to Pole-vaulting.
Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO, Penguin Random House India and SEA, says, ‘This has been an exciting year for Penguin Random House India with so many of our books and authors receiving the recognition they truly deserve. In a thriving literary landscape such as ours, it is an honour to be adjudged as the Publisher of The Year and I would like to thank Tata Literature Live! for acknowledging the tenacity and diligence of Team Penguin in discovering and publishing some outstanding written work. We are humbled to be a part of an industry that is committed to enriching the literary culture of our country. It is a responsibility we take very seriously and work toward giving different voices and ideas a befitting platform.’
The award – The publisher of the year – was instituted in 2016 to recognise the efforts of India’s publishers in discovering and nurturing writers. The Literature Live! organizes the annual Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, Mumbai’s premier international literary festival. Now in its tenth edition, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest has become immensely popular with participation from over 100 writers, thinkers and performers from all over the world.