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.