The Eleventh Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Monday, November 16th to Sunday, November 22nd 2020

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Tata Literature Live! Book of The Year Award – Non Fiction

The Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award for Non Fiction has been constituted to recognise noteworthy work in the Indian literary space in the non fiction genre.

2020 Recipient

The winner of the TATA Literature Live! Book Of The Year Award – Non Fiction is Sebastian & Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers by T.M. Krishna (Westland).

2020 Shortlist

In alphabetical order

A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J.B.S. Haldane

  • Samanth Subramanian
  • Simon & Schuster

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire

  • William Dalrymple
  • Bloomsbury

The Deoliwallahs: The True Story of the 1962 Chinese-Indian Internment

  • Joy Ma & Dilip D'Souza
  • Pan Macmillan

Sebastian & Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers

  • T.M Krishna
  • Westland

2020 Longlist

A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of V.K. Krishna Menon

  • Jairam Ramesh
  • Penguin Random House

A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J.B.S. Haldane

  • Samanth Subramanian
  • Simon & Schuster

Akbar: The Great Mughal

  • Ira Mukhoty
  • Aleph

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire

  • William Dalrymple
  • Bloomsbury

The Deoliwallahs: The True Story of the 1962 Chinese-Indian Internment

  • Joy Ma & Dilip D'Souza
  • Pan Macmillan

Sebastian & Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers

  • T.M. Krishna
  • Westland

2020 Jury

  • Jonathan Gil Harris

    Author, Professor and Head of the Dept of English, Ashoka University.
  • Manu Pillai

    Historian, award-winning author of four books and recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar Award.
  • Meena Menon

    Independent journalist, author of three books; former bureau chief The Hindu, Mumbai.
  • Naresh Fernandes

    Founder & Editor, Scroll; author, Poeisis Fellow at the Institute of Public Knowledge at New York University.
  • Anil Dharker

    Author of six books; columnist; Founder-Director, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest

Past Recipients

Early Indians

2019

  • Tony Joseph
  • Juggernaut

The RSS

2018

  • Walter K. Andersen and Shridhar D. Damle
  • Viking

Age Of Anger

2017

  • Pankaj Mishra
  • Juggernaut

The Gene

2016

  • Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Penguin Random House India

Gita Press and The Making of Hindu India

2015

  • Akshaya Mukul
  • HarperCollins

A Southern Music

2014

  • T M Krishna
  • HarperCollins