Ceremony October 17th 2016
Almost one hundred German-language publishers entered their candidates in the running for the German Book Prize 2016: This year, 98 publishers submitted a total of 156 novels. 72 of the publishers are from Germany, 13 from Austria and 13 from Switzerland. Their titles are now amongst those being considered for the “best German-language novel of the year” for 2016.
Of the titles submitted, 89 are from the current spring programme, while 53 others will be available in the autumn. 14 of the titles were published last autumn. Each publisher may propose a maximum of two titles for the German Book Prize. Up to five additional titles may be recommended. The list of recommendations comprises 84 novels this year. Jurors may request additional titles from amongst these during the selection process.
During their first joint meeting, the members of the jury appointed Christoph Schröder (independent critic, Frankfurt am Main) as their speaker. The jury members also include: Thomas Andre (Hamburger Abendblatt), Lena Bopp (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Berthold Franke (Goethe-Institut Prague), Susanne Jäggi (Librium Bücher, Baden), Sabine Vogel (Berliner Zeitung) and Najem Wali (author and critic, Berlin).