HarperCollins India and leading Hindi publisher, Vani Prakashan, today announced the launch of a new joint imprint. Launching in January 2019, this new venture will publish English language titles from the HarperCollins list in Hindi as well as publishing Hindi writers from Vani Prakashan’s list into English. New authors, to be published in both languages, will also be acquired for the imprint.
Aditi Maheshwari, Executive Director, Vani Prakashan said, “HarperCollins India publish important voices globally and have represented a galaxy of writers who have laid the foundation stone of South Asian writing in English. We are glad that these voices will now be available for Hindi readers, who represent a dynamic readership around the world, through Vani Prakashan and HarperCollins Publishers’ joint imprint. We also look forward to make the best of Hindi writings available through HarperCollins’ India.”
Arun Maheshwari, Managing Director, Vani Prakashan and Chairman, Vani Foundation said, “The Indian literary market embraces diversity. We have been translating from over twenty Indian and international languages for four decades and have added six Indian languages to our publishing program. With HarperCollins India, we look forward to expand this list into a new dimension where Hindi readers will get to read the best of south Asian and global writing and usher in a new phase of literary vibrancy.”
Udayan Mitra, Publisher, HarperCollins India said, “Vani Prakashan is a reputed and respected name in language publishing and I’m very pleased that we’re going to be publishing Hindi books in partnership with them. Through our joint imprint, we will be publishing an array of exciting fiction and non-fiction books, including translations of some of the best-known local and international titles as well as works originally written in Hindi. It’s a collaboration that I’m really looking forward to.”
HarperCollins India CEO Ananth Padmanabhan said, “This joint imprint with Vani Prakanshan is one more step in our ongoing commitment to reach a wider audience in India, one of the most exciting and fastest growing publishing markets in the world. Aditi and I share a common vision, which is to find as many new readers as we can for our authors.”
About Vani Prakashan
Vani Prakashan has been publishing finest Hindi literature since 55 years in over 38 genres. It has published over 6,000 books in print, electronic and audio format. It has a footprint in more than 2,00,000 villages, 2,800 towns, 54 major cities and 12 major online book stores in the country. Vani Prakashan is also connected with major library systems of India, United States of America, United Kingdom and Middle East. Vani Prakashan’s literary list includes 32 Sahitya Akademi awarded books and authors, 9 Nobel laureates translated into Hindi from source languages and 24 other major awarded writers and books.
The organisation is honored at National Library, Sweden, Indo-Russian Literary Club and Russian Center of Art Culture and by Polish Government for promoting Indo-Swedish, Russian and Polish literary exchange, respectively. Vani Prakashan has also won the prestigious Distinguished Publisher Award instituted by The Federation of Indian Publishers in 2008. The publishing house has recently won the National Award ‘Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus)‘-2016 for Best Book on Cinema by the Hon. President (former) of India Dr. Pranab Mukherjee and is the first publishing house in India to be awarded the Excellence Award by the Oxford Business College, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
On its 51st anniversary, it laid foundation for its not-for profit arm Vani Foundation, whose motto is “Connecting Indian Languages, and World”. Two flagship projects are run under the aegis of Vani Foundation- Hindi Mahotsav (India’s only literature festival dedicated to Hindi language and literature) and Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award (annually given at Jaipur BookMark (Jaipur Literature Fesival) with an award bursary of 1,00,000 INR).
About HarperCollins India
HarperCollins India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers.
HarperCollins India publishes some of the finest writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, its authors have won major literary awards including the Man Booker Prize, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Crossword Book Award and it is also the only publisher to have been awarded the Publisher of the Year Award twice; at Publishing Next in 2015, and at Tata Literature Live 2016.
HarperCollins India has a print and digital catalogue of more than 1000 titles across 10 imprints and publishes approximately 200 new books every year, it exclusively represents many Independent publishers from India and around the world, in India.
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