Indian writer Raghu Karnad won Windham-Campbell Prize

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Indian Writer Raghu Karnad has won the Windham-Campbell Prize of USD 165,000 in the non-fiction category for his debut book- The Farthest Field: An Indian Story Of The Second World War.

  • Karnad is one of the eight winners chosen across four categories- fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.
  • The other awardee in the non-fiction category was American writer Rebecca Solnit for the diverse body of work she has produced over her career.
  • Raghu Karnad is the second Indian to receive the award.
  • Earlier in 2016, Jerry Pinto had won the award for his novel- Em And The Big Hoom.
  • The Windham-Campbell Prize is administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in the US and was established in 2013.
  • The award was constituted with the generous gift from writer Donald Windham in memory of his partner Sandy Campbell.
  • The jury selects two winners each for each of the category- fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.