Press Release from the German Publishers and Booksellers Association:
The Board of Trustees of the Peace Prize of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association has chosen Algerian author Boualem Sansal to be the recipient of this year’s Peace Prize. The announcement was made by Dr. Gottfried Honne-felder, chairman of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, at the start of the 2011 Buchtage Berlin (Berlin Book Days). Honnefelder noted: “Our choice this year is intended as a signal of encouragement for democracy move-ments in North Africa.” The award ceremony will take place during the Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday, October 16, 2011 in the Church of St. Paul in Frankfurt, Germany and be broadcast live on German public TV. The Peace Prize has been awarded since 1950 and is endowed with a sum of €25,000.
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Thomas Minkus is VP of English Language Markets for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Based in the Book Fair’s New York City office, he spearheads the company’s activities in the fields of digital and mobile publishing, as well as new rights initiatives. In addition, he is responsible for Fair’s exhibitors and customers in all English-languages markets and those from the STM and education sectors. Thomas is also one of the co-founders of Publishing Perspectives. An online publishing newsletter, Publishing Perspectives delivers daily international news and opinion about the industry from top members of the global publishing community. Prior to joining the Fair in 2003, he worked as VP of Sales & Marketing for Learn Technologies, an educational publishing and technology company in New York City.