The award ceremony

14 June at the Humboldt Forum

2021

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Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2021

Hegels Welt

Jürgen Kaube

Awardee

Jury evaluation

The books in this selection vary in style, themes, scope and methods. But they all explore the world in their own unique way and get to the bottom of things. Their authors want to understand before they explain; they avoid well-trodden paths and confront history as well as the present. Their view – of others and of themselves – is unsparing. They each come with very different experiences and knowledge – and, not content with just these, explore new territory through their writing. Doubt, curiosity and a measure of tenacity consume and drive them. In search of insight rather than affirmation, they ask questions that are larger than their respective subjects. In this way, they inspire a broad, inquisitive readership.

The awardee's speech

The German Non-Fiction Prize is presented to the non-fiction book of the year as an annual award of the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung (Foundation for Book Culture and the Promotion of Reading). The award will be presented to outstanding non-fiction written in German that inspires social debate. The German Non-Fiction Prize is endowed with a total of 42,500 euros. The winner receives 25,000 euros, the seven nominees 2,500 euros each.

Publishers could submit two German-language monographs each from their current or planned programme. The seven members of the jury have reviewed 240 titles and nominated eight non-fiction books for the award. Now they have chosen the German Non-Fiction Book of the Year from this selection.

The nominees

Rewatch the award ceremony

A message from Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters, patron of the German Non-Fiction Prize, on the occasion of the award ceremony
A message from the patron of the prize
A message from Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters, patron of the German Non-Fiction Prize, on the occasion of the award ceremony

The award ceremony took place on 14 June 2021 at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. It was hosted by René Aguigah (Deutschlandfunk Kultur) and Katrin Schumacher (MDR), who talked to jury spokesperson Dr Kia Vahland, President of the Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels Karin Schmidt-Friderichs and Prof Dr Hartmut Dorgerloh, general director of the Humboldt Forum.


Donor

[Translate to Englisch:] Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung

Sponsor

[Translate to Englisch:] Deutsche Bank Stiftung

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