Christian Döring, born 1954 in Berlin, studied philosophy in Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Berlin. After working as a journalist, he was with Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt a.M., from 1987 – 1997 as editor for contemporary German-language literature. From 1997 – 2006 he was director of the fiction list at DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag. He has edited numerous contemporary German-language literature publications. Christian Döring lives in Paris as an editor and critic.
Karl-Markus Gauss studied German and history in Salzburg. He is a writer, critic and the editor of the literary review “Literatur & Kritik”. His reviews feature regularly in newspapers such as “Die Presse”, the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. Most recent awards for his books have been the Vilenica Prize for Central European Literature in 2005 and in 2006, the Manès Sperber Prize as well as the Dehio Prize.
Felicitas von Lovenberg qualified for university from Atlantic College in the UK before going on to study modern history and English literature at Bristol and Oxford. She has been the features section editor at the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” since 1998, with literature as her key area. She is also responsible for the newspaper’s weekend supplement “Bilder und Zeiten”. In 2003 she was awarded the Alfred Kerr Prize for literary criticism; her book “Verliebe dich oft, verlobe dich selten, heirate nie?” was published in 2005.
Ijoma Alexander Mangold, born 1971 in Heidelberg, studied literature and philosophy in Munich, Berlin and Bologna. He is literary editor at the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and one of the judges for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize.
Rudolf Müller studied German, dramaturgy and history at Cologne University. From 1978 to 1988, he was a bookseller at Buchhandlung Walther König and in 1989, he launched his own bookshop. In 2006, his bookshop “Müller & Böhm, Literaturhandlung im Heine Haus” moved into the house in Düsseldorf where Heinrich Heine was born.
Dr. Matthias Schreiber graduated and took his doctorate in the humanities. He was head of the features section at the “Kölner Stadtanzeiger” as well as deputy head of the features section and the editor responsible for the supplement “Bilder und Zeiten” at the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. In 1991, he went to the SPIEGEL where he was head of culture – from 1995 together with Wolfgang Höbel. He has been writing for the Hamburg news magazine since 2005, including title stories. He has published several books, among them three collections of poetry, as well as numerous essays on literature, philosophy, art and architecture. Matthias Schreiber lives in Winsen near Hamburg.
Dr. Hajo Steinert studied German language and literature in Siegen and Houston, Texas; his PhD thesis was on “Writing about death”. He has been a literary critic for publications such as the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” and “Die Zeit” and now writes for the “Literarische Welt” and Zürich’s “Tages-Anzeiger”. He has been literary editor with Deutschlandfunk in Cologne since 1986, as well as head of the “Kulturelles Wort” – “Cultural Word” department since 1999. He is one of the judges for the SWR Best List and for the Aspekte Literature Prize (ZDF – German TV Channel Two). He is the author of numerous books and the editor of anthologies, as well as of audiobooks on contemporary German-language literature and on the cultural history of football.
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German Book Prize 2006: Press Commentaries