H.M. Naqvi wins first DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

image The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced its first winner, H.M. Naqvi, for his book Home Boy (HarperCollins India) at a ceremony held at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival in New Delhi, India on January 22nd, 2011. The event was attended by eminent literary figures, renowned authors, members of the media fraternity and a diverse literary audience.

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature celebrates the rich and varied literature from, and connected to, the subcontinent. The award recognizes writers of any ethnicity writing about South Asia and its diasporas.

Naqvi, 36, who now lives in Karachi, Pakistan, participated in the three-month International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2010 during a strenuous international book tour for Home Boy that stretched from Pakistan and India to the United Arab Emirates, Great Britain and the United States. “It has been a rollicking year,” he said in a lengthy interview with the arts and cultural blog, Three Quarks Daily.

“In Iowa City, a mostly charming urban oasis amid the windswept cornfields ... I managed to make meaningful progress on my second project,” Naqvi told Three Quarks. “After a frenetic year, it was good to sit and write again, good for the soul.”

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