Six novels shortlisted for Shakti Bhatt prize

New Delhi: Author Deepti Kapoor’s “A Bad Character”, Shovon Chowdhury’s “The Competent Authority”, and Mahesh Rao’s “The Smoke is Rising” are among six books shortlisted for the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, the organisers said Sunday.

The award is named after journalist Shakti Bhatt, who passed away in 2007. The winners will be announced in November and will get a cash award of Rs.2,00,000.

The trophy for the seventh Shakti Bhatt Prize will be presented at a ceremony in Delhi in December.

Making it to the list is Supriya David’s “A Cool, Dark Place”, “The Vanishing Act” by Nepali author Prawin Adhikari, and Pakistan-based author Bilal Tanweer’s “The Scatter Here Is Too Great”.

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