The jury for the German Non-Fiction Prize 2022 has selected eight non-fiction books for the longlist. Since the call for submissions began, the seven members of the jury have reviewed 244 titles from 130 publishers published since May 2021.
Jury spokesperson Tania Martini, taz, about the list of nominees:
“Doubt is essential for understanding the present, which is inhabited by ghosts of the past. The upheavals and conflicts of our present attest to this. The nominated books offer clever expositions of problems and sharp analyses of some of the fundamental configurations of our time. Some are impressive in their precision and intellectual candour, others in their unorthodox approaches and surprising associations. With an elegant and light touch, they help us to understand major themes while bearing witness to freedom and courage, happiness and repression, and challenging world views and rationales we take for granted. They open up spaces that are worth entering, revealing not prefabricated truths, but suggestions for deepening our thinking and tolerating contradictions – suggestions that allow us to look at the world a little differently.”
This year, for the second time, the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (Foundation for Book Culture and the Promotion of Reading of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) will award this prize, worth a total of 42,500 euros, to an outstanding non-fiction book written in German that inspires social debate.
From the eight nominated titles, the jury will select the best non-fiction book of the year, which will be announced in Berlin on 30 May 2022. The winner will receive 25,000 euros, the seven nominees 2,500 euros each. The awards ceremony will be held at the Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace).
Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth is patron of the German Non-Fiction Prize. The Deutsche Bank Stiftung (Deutsche Bank Foundation) is the main sponsor of the prize, which is also supported by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (Foundation of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace).
Reading enthusiasts and book lovers can get to know the nominated titles and their authors through conversations, discussion panels, films, audio clips and in bookshops.
With the hashtag #sachbuchpreisbloggen, eight book bloggers will present the nominated titles in the coming weeks. Their reviews will be shared on the social media pages of the German Non-Fiction Prize.
The German Non-Fiction Prize bloggers (in German)
Service for booksellers: to help plan inventory, a separate preview of the nominated titles is available in the title information system VLB-TIX (in German).
You find the list of the nominees and pictures of the books and the jury in the download list of the German Non-Fiction Prize.