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Indian-American Author Akhil Sharma wins 2016 International Dublin Literary Award

Indian American author Akhil Sharma won the prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life.”

His novel was shortlisted out of an initial 160 nominations by a panel of judges of award that included novelists Ian Sansom, Juan Pablo Villalobos and Carlo Gebler.

Family Life is Sharma’s second novel and took him 13 years to write. The novel traces the journey of a family that emigrates from New Delhi to New York, where one brother is left severely brain-damaged after a tragedy strikes.

About Akhil Sharma

  • Sharma was born in New Delhi. Later he had immigrated to US along with his family in 1979.
  • His first novel was An Obedient Father published in 2000. It has won the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award in 2001.
  • His stories also have been published in The New Yorker and in Atlantic Monthly. These stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and also in O. Henry Prize Collections.
  • Awards and honours: In 2007, he was named as one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists. His second novel Family Life had won the prestigious 2015 Folio Prize.

About International Dublin Literary Award

  • The International Dublin Literary Award is an annual international literary award awarded for a novel written in English or translated into English.
  • The aim of the award is to promote excellence in world literature. It is solely sponsored by the Ireland’s capital city Dublin.
  • The award is richest literary prizes in the world and carries monetary prize of 100,000 euros. If the winning book is a translation then prize is divided between the writer and the translator.


Renowned British author Anita Brookner passes away

Renowned British author and art historian Anita Brookner passed away. She was 87.

Brookner had won the Booker in 1984 for her novel Hotel du Lac and was a bestselling author who had written around 25 books.

About Anita Brookner

  • Born on 16 July 1928 in London, United Kingdom.
  • She was the first woman to hold the prestigious Slade Professorship of fine art at Cambridge University. She also taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Her first novel, A Start in Life was published in 1981 at the age of 53. Her most recent work i.e. last novel At The Hairdresser’s, was published in 2011.
  • Awards and Honours: She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990. She also had won James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2010.


Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco passes away

Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco passed away in Milan, Italy at the age of 84 years.

He was best known for his historical mystery novel ‘The Name of the Rose’, which was adapted into a film in 1989 starring Scottish actor Sean Connery.

About Umberto Eco

  • Eco was born in Alessandria, northern Italy in 1932. He novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher and semiotician.
  • Eco also wrote academic texts, children’s books. In the 1980s, he had founded the communications department at the University of San Marino.
  • He was also professor emeritus and chairman of the Higher School of Humanities of the University of Bologna.
  • His bestseller work: Foucault’s Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before and The Prague Cemetery etc.