By Siobhan O’Leary
This year’s The €26,000 Kurt Wolff Prize has been awarded to Klaus Wagenbach, founder and publisher of the Berlin-based Wagenbach Verlag. The award is granted each year by the Kurt Wolff Foundation to an independent publisher or publishing house. Wagenbach was honored for his decades of service to independent publishing and his dedication to preserving literary quality and cultural diversity. Wagenbach Verlag is known for contemporary and twentieth-century literature, cultural history, politics and more.
The Foundation also awarded its annual €5,000 promotion prize to Voland & Quist, a publisher known for combining its books with audio CDs and DVDs, tying together the written and spoken word.
The prizes will be formally conferred on March 19th during the Leipzig Book Fair.