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Surprise readings with the nominees

Surprise readings with the nominees

See the nominees read from their work: In the coming weeks, literature lovers across Germany will have a chance to see the authors nominated for the German Book Prize live.

Blind Date Readings

Authors longlisted for the German Book Prize 2018 will present their novels at ten Blind Date readings. What’s special about the events is that, like on a blind date, the audience will only find out at the event itself who will be reading that night. The longlist of the nominated authors and their novels is available at

342 member bookstores of the Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) – 26 more than last year – applied in advance to host a reading. Of these, nine bookstores were selected by lottery to welcome the authors. In addition, the Deutsche Bank Stiftung (Deutsche Bank Foundation), supporter of the German Book Prize, is also organising a reading in Frankfurt am Main.

The 2018 Blind Date readings are as follows:

27 August, 7 p.m.
Deutsche Bank Stiftung
60325 Frankfurt

Taunusanlage 12

29 August, 7:30 p.m.
Erzgebirgs-Buchhandlung Knoblauch
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz

Wolkensteiner Straße 22
Tel.: 03733 / 24043
Event venue:
Kulturzentrum Erzhammer
Buchholzer Straße 2
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz

5 September, 7 p.m.
Buchhandlung Calliebe
64521 Groß-Gerau

Frankfurter Straße 33
Tel.: 06152 / 910235
Event venue:
Stadtmuseum Groß-Gerau
Am Marktplatz 3
64521 Groß-Gerau

5 September, 7:30 p.m.
Gilde Buchhandlung
27793 Wildeshausen

Westerstraße 33
Tel.: 04431 / 71175

5 September, 7:00 p.m.
Buchhandlung Dölker
73084 Salach

Hauptstraße 58
Tel.: 07162 / 45955

6 September, 8:00 p.m.
Buchhandlung Mertiny & Sohn
14197 Berlin

Rüdesheimer Straße 2
Tel.: 030 / 67828310

6 September, 7:30 p.m.
Buchhandlung Kafka & Co.
32756 Detmold

Krumme Straße 8
Tel.: 05231 / 39569
Literaturbüro OWL (Gartensaal)
Hornsche Straße 38
32756 Detmold

6 September, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Buchhandlung Hintzen
47533 Kleve

Hagsche Straße 46-47
Tel.: 02821 / 26655
Event venue:
Restauration „Zum Aussichtsturm“
Königsallee 260
47533 Kleve

7 September, 7:30 p.m.
Bücherjolle Starnberg
82319 Starnberg

Kirchplatz 3
Tel.: 08151 / 12828

7 September, 7:30 p.m.
Buchhandlung am Markt
98646 Hildburghausen

Markt 5
Tel.: 03685 / 419535

Longlist evening event in Hamburg on 30 August

This year, for the second time, nominees will participate jointly in an evening event dedicated to the longlist. On 30 August 2018, beginning at 6:30 p.m., several longlisted authors will read at the Freie Akademie der Künste (Free Academy of Arts) in Hamburg. The event is organized in cooperation with the Literaturhaus Hamburg and the Freie Akademie der Künste, as well as with support from the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius. Tickets are available at

Surprise readings with the nominees



Publishers submit 173 titles


The jury has been selected


Publishers may submit their titles


Inger-Maria Mahlke receives the German Book Prize 2018 for her novel “Archipel” (“Archipelago”)


Experience the award ceremony live

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