The German Book Prize

As an annual award for the best German language novel the German Book Prize was presented for the first time just before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2005. Austrian novelist Arno Geiger recieved the Prize for his epic family novel „Es geht uns gut“ („We are doing fine“), published by Hanser. The winner of the German Book Prize 2006 is a woman writer: Katharina Hacker received the award for her novel "Die Habenichtse" (The Have-nots"), published by Suhrkamp.

Founder of the prize is the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Trade Association). The Prize is intended to draw attention beyond national borders to authors writing in German, to reading and to the keynote medium of the book. The partners of the Book Prize are: Dr. Florian and Gabriele Langenscheidt, Spiegel-Verlag, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the City of Frankfurt am Main.

Publishing companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can apply for the award by direct nomination of their titles.


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English Samples of the shortlisted novels

For exclusive sample translations and background information on the shortlisted authors and novels go to:


Press Commentaries 2006

German Book Prize 2006: Press Commentaries

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Katharina Hacker receives the German Book Prize 2006 for her novel Die Habenichtse
The winner of the German Book Prize 2006 is a woman writer: Katharina Hacker receives the award for her novel Die Habenichtse (Suhrkamp)  More


German Book Prize 2006: judges nominate six novels for the shortlist
The six finalists for the German Book Prize 2006 have been nominated. “After a pugnacious and spirited meeting, in the end the judges have been able to reach surprisingly joint – but by no means unanimous – agreement on the six titles for the shortlist”, says spokesperson for the judges, Volker Hage.  More


The German Book Prize 2006: book display, readings and interviews at the Frankfurt Book Fair
This year for the first time, the Frankfurt Book Fair includes a display featuring the authors nominated for the longlist and their current novels.   More


German Book Prize 2006: judges nominate the novels for the longlist
The judges have now decided on their first narrowed down choice of authors for the German Book Prize 2006. “We have made a selection that does not exclude what might be expected and may be obvious for the sake of a false addiction to originality, but nevertheless shows a willingness to take risks – and so in the end, takes account of the different types of writing in contemporary German literature”, says the judges’ spokes-man Volker Hage.   More


Worldwide impact: Börsenverein and Deutsche Welle
Honnefelder: Drawing attention internationally to outstanding novels / Plus international cooperation with Goethe-Institut and Frankfurt Book Fair / “Blind date” reading with shortlist author in Amsterdam / Longlist to be published on 18 August  More


State Culture Minister Bernd Neumann joins the German Book Prize Academy
State culture minister Bernd Neumann is now a member of the German Book Prize Academy.   More


German Book Prize 2006: new judges have now been chosen
German Book Prize Academy appoints John von Düffel, Volker Hage, Elmar Krekeler, Terézia Mora, Pia Reinacher, Stephan Samtleben and Denis Scheck / Publishing companies can submit titles / Prize announcement at  More


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