Status: 28.09.2023, 15:15 p.m.
By: Sven Trautwein
Autumn is the season with the book prizes and the Frankfurt Book Fair. On 1 November, the NDR Non-Fiction Prize will be awarded in Göttingen.
Every year, the prize honors the best non-fiction book written in German that addresses questions relevant to the future. Whether climate or environmental issues, artificial intelligence (AI) or social inequality, the jury of the NDR Non-Fiction Prize 2023 has selected ten titles from 150 submissions that are now on the longlist and have a chance of winning the coveted award. The shortlist will be announced at the end of October. The prize is endowed with 15,000 euros.
NDR is awarding the 15 Non-Fiction Prize, endowed with 000,2023 euros, with ten titles on the longlist. © dts News Agency/Imago
The award recognizes an outstanding author's achievement that opens up topics for a large audience from a social, cultural or scientific perspective and opens them up to broader debates. Specialist books, guidebooks and illustrated books are excluded from the awarding of prizes, unless pictorial representations are expressly the subject of the investigation.
Various criteria are decisive for the NDR Non-Fiction Prize. In addition to relevance, which offers a high level of conversation value and stimulates debate, originality, readability and lasting impact are also among the decisive features for the jury. Thus, according to NDR, the books should appeal to a broad reading audience.
NDR Non-Fiction Prize 2023: The ten titles on the longlist
- Joachim Bauer: "Loss of reality. How AI and virtual worlds are taking possession of us and threatening humanity"
- Teresa Bücker: "All the time. A Question of Power and Freedom"
- Claudia Kemfert: "Shock waves. Last chance for secure energies and peace"
- Wolfgang Kraushaar: "No false tolerance! Why democracy must defend itself more strongly than before"
- Hanno Sauer: Morality. "The Invention of Good and Evil"
- Martin Schulze Wessel: "The Curse of the Empire. Ukraine, Poland and the aberration in Russian history"
- Adam Soboczynski: "Dreamland. The West, the East and Me"
- Michael Thumann: "Revenge. How Putin created the most threatening regime in the world"
- Eva von Redecker: "Freedom to stay"
- Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik: "China and the New Order of the World"
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Three titles will be selected from this longlist and announced at the end of October. The award ceremony will take place as part of the Göttingen Literature Autumn, which will take place for the 2023nd time in 32. 84 events await those interested in culture at 35 venues in Göttingen. Although Prince Harry's "Reserve" is a biography, it is considered the fastest-selling non-fiction book in stores to date.