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Bapsi Sidhwa wins Italy's Premio Mondello
Bapsi Sidhwa has won Italy's Premio Mondello 2007 for Foreign Authors for her novel, Water.
Previous winners of the award include Joseph Brodsky, Doris Lessing, V.S. Naipaul, G√ľnter Grass, Seamus Heaney, and Kenzaburo Oe. The award will be presented at a ceremony in November in Palermo.

Water is based on the critically-acclaimed film of the same name, directed by Deepa Mehta. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Mehta and Sidhwa previously worked together on Earth, a film based on Sidhwa's classic novel about the partition of India and Pakistan: Cracking India.

Milkweed Editions has also published Sidhwa's novels, The Crow Eaters and An American Brat, and will release in early 2008 a new edition of her first novel, The Pakistani Bride.