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The German Book Prize 2019 at Frankfurter Buchmesse

The German Book Prize 2019 at Frankfurter Buchmesse

© Claus Setzer

Visitors can experience the German Book Prize up close and personal at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019: The German Book Prize is presenting a multifaceted programme at the fair, including an exhibition of all 300 nominated titles from 15 years of the German Book Prize, readings with this year’s winner and a virtual thematic tour.

Visit the German Book Prize at Frankfurter Buchmesse!

All novels nominated for the prize since 2005 are on display at the stand of the German Book Prize (Hall 3.1, Stand J 83). This year’s 20 longlisted novels are available for browsing. Audio samples and video portraits present the nominated books and their authors.

Come see this year’s winner live at a reading or discussion. Here are the most important dates:

Tuesday, 15 October | starting at 8 pm
The winner of the German Book Prize at the opening of OPEN BOOKS 2019 with “Das Blaue Sofa” (“The Blue Sofa”)
(Deutsche Nationalbibliothek [German National Library])

Wednesday, 16 October | 11 – 11:30 am
The prize-winner on the “Blue Sofa”
(Via Mobile between Hall 5 and 6)

Wednesday, 16 October | 2 – 2:30 pm
The prize-winner on the ARD stage
(Forum, Level 0)

Thursday, 17 October | 11 am – 12 pm
The prize-winner interviewed at the SPIEGEL stand
(Hall 3.0, D 56)

Saturday, 19 October | 2 – 3 pm
The prize-winner and his or her publisher in conversation with the editorial staff of the trade magazine Börsenblatt, followed by a reading and book signing
(Frankfurt Pavilion, Agora)

You will find these events, as well as additional ones with other nominated authors, on the Frankfurter Buchmesse app. In addition, the app includes a thematic tour of the German Book Prize under the heading Recommendations from Insiders. The app is available on the Android and iOS stores; for more information go to

The German Book Prize 2019 at Frankfurter Buchmesse

© Claus Setzer



The jury members have been nominated


Starting signal for publishers


Saša Stanišić receives German Book Prize 2019 for “Herkunft” (“Origins”)


Filmic portraits of the finalists


Experience the award ceremony live

Press contact

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.

Thomas Koch
Director Press and Public Relations
Phone +49 (0) 69 1306-293

Cathrin Mund
PR Manager
Phone +49 (0) 69 1306-292