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Longlisted | Book Awards 2021 | Writings/ Picture Books for Children

Poonachi ()

Author: Perumal Murugan
Publisher: Westland
Translator: Priya Kuriyan
Original Language:

Award Category: Writings/ Picture Books for Children
About the Book: 

Upset with her cheating friends, Poonachi walks off in a huff. Into the forest … deeper and deeper. It gets dark and scary, but it is also magical. And she’s truly free. Will this little goat be able to live in the forest forever? The much-loved black baby goat from Perumal Murugan’s Poonachi returns in this tale of adventure, wonder and belonging.

About the Author: 

PERUMAL MURUGAN is the one of the best known authors in India today. He is the author of eleven novels, four collections of short stories and five anthologies of poetry in Tamil. Three of his novels translated into English—Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat, Trial by Silence and A Lonely Harvest—were shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature —in 2018 and 2019. The other six novels translated into English include Seasons of the Palm, shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize in 2005, Pyre, Current Show and One Part Woman. Murugan is now the principal at Government Arts College in Namakkal.

PRIYA KURIYAN is a children’s book writer-illustrator, comics maker and chronic doodler. She has directed educational films for the Sesame Street show (India) and the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and has illustrated numerous children’s books for various Indian publishers. She collaborated with the writer Devapriya Roy on a graphic biography of Indira Gandhi for young adults published by Context, an imprint of Westland books. In 2019, she won the Big Little Book Award instituted by Parag, an initiative of Tata Trusts to recognise her contribution to children’s literature in India. She lives and works in the city of Bangalore and in her spare time makes funny caricatures of its residents.

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