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The German Book Prize announces its 2022 shortlist

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Shortlisted authors will not be notified until the winner is announced on October 17 who has been selected as the winner of the German Book Prize.

Image: Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

Two of Kiepenheuer & Witsch’s six titles

Aif you will remember, the German Book PrizeGermany’s best fiction award – released its long list for 2022 on August 23.

Today (September 20), he released his shortlist of six titles.

The winner receives a cash prize of €25,000 (US$24,917). The five finalists each receive €2,500 (US$2,491). This rewards program is made possible by the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandelsthe founding of the German Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association.

To get to this point today, the judging panel started with 233 books from at least 124 publishers. The panel picked their 20-title longlist (one of the longest longlists in the world, in fact), and then whittled it down to today’s six-book shortlist.

These six shortlisted authors will not find out which of them has won the German Book Prize until the evening of the award ceremony, on October 17, at the Kaisersaal in the Römer in Frankfurt. This ceremony, by tradition, takes place of course jointly with the Frankfurter Buchmesse (from October 19 to 23).

Commenting on today’s publication of the shortlist, Jury President Miriam Zeh of Deutschlandfunk Kultur, says: “A novel makes its own laws but is inevitably in contact with the present in which it is written and read. .

Myriam Zeh

“The six titles on the 2022 shortlist won us over with their aesthetic uniqueness,” says Zeh. “With linguistic brilliance and formal innovation, they describe social realities and fantasies, survey the center and the margins, revolve around grief and comedy.

“The nominated authors thus represent the thematic and stylistic diversity of contemporary German-language literature. What they share is an artistic unconditionality: they take a stand with their books, show themselves to be both combative and open to dialogue.

“By reading these pre-selected books, we invite readers to also enter into an exchange of ideas and readjust their own view of the world.”

This year’s jury is made up of:

  • Erich Klein, freelance critic based in Vienna
  • Frank Menden of the Hamburg bookstore named Stories
  • Uli Ormanns of the Agnès bookshop in Cologne
  • Isabelle Vonlanthen from the House of Literature Zurich
  • Selma Wels, curator and moderator in Frankfurt
  • Jan Wiele from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Miriam Zeh

The winner today, of course, is Kiepenheuer & Witsch, which publishes two of the six shortlisted titles.

The shortlist for the German Book Prize 2022
  • Fatma Aydemir: Dschinns (Carl Hanser, February 2022)
  • Kristine Bilkau: Nebenan (Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe / Luchterhand, March 2022)
  • Daniela Dröscher: Lügen über meine Mutter (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, August 2022)
  • Jan Factor: Trottel (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, September 2022)
  • Kim from the Horizon: Blutbuch (DuMont, July 2022)
  • Eckart Nickel: Spitzweg (Piper, April 2022)

From October 4, New books in German will include English translations of excerpts from the pre-selected titles, as well as an English file on the pre-selection. On the evening of the award ceremony, the radio stations Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandfunk Kultur will broadcast the ceremony live on the channel “Dokumente und Debatten” on digital radio and live on Documents and Debate | deutschlandradio.de.

Antje Ravik Strubelas you will recall, won the 2021 edition of the prestigious honor in October for Blaue Frau (blue woman, S. Fischer Verlage, August 2021). Each year a new jury is set up by the German Book Prize Academy to help maintain the independence of the selection process. Multiple jury terms are permitted.

You can follow the program on social networks via the hashtag #dbp22.

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 167th awards report published in the 174 days since we began our 2022 operations on January 3.


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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.