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Bavarian Book Award 2016

The jury


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Franziska Augstein

Dr. Franziska Augstein is originally from Hamburg. She studied history, philosophy and political science at the universities of Berlin, Bielefeld and Sussex. In 1996 she did a PhD at University College London. From 1997 to 2001 she worked as a journalist for "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". Since 2001 she has been writing for "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and looks after the column "Das Politische Buch". In 2000 she was awarded the Theodor-Wolff-Preis in the category of essay writing. She published three books, one of them in German: "Von Treue und Verrat. Jorge Semprún und sein Jahrhundert" (C.H. Beck, 2008).


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Carolin Emcke

Carolin Emcke was born in 1967. She studied philosophy at the London School of Economics, at the university of Frankfurt am Main and at Harvard university. She did a PhD in philosophy and wrote a thesis about the philosophical term of "kollektive Identitäten".

Since 1998 Carolin Emcke has been travelling extensively in unstable parts of the world: Kosovo, Afghanistan, Gaza Strip, Iraq, etc. In 2003/2004 she was a visiting lecturer for political theory at Yale University. Her seminars: "Theorien der Gewalt" und "Zeugenschaft von Kriegsverbrechen". Since 2007 she has been working as a freelance journalist mostly for the ZEIT. Published at S. Fischer: "Von den Kriegen. Briefe an Freunde", "Stumme Gewalt. Nachdenken über die RAF", "Wie wir begehren" and "Weil es sagbar ist. Über Zeugenschaft und Gerechtigkeit".

Carolin Emcke received the following awards: "Das politische Buch" of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Förderpreis of Ernst-Bloch-Preis, Theodor-Wolff-Preis (2008), Otto-Brenner-Preis for critical journalism and the Deutsche Reporterpreis (2010). In 2010 she was "journalist of the year". She was awarded the Journalistenpreis for childern`s rights in 2012. 2015 she received the "Lessing-Preis" of the Free State of Saxony.


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Denis Scheck

Denis Scheck was born in Stuttgart on December 15, 1964. He lives in Cologne.

He studied German literature, contemporary history and political science at the universities of Tübingen, Düsseldorf and Dallas. He worked as a literary agent, translator and publisher (of Michael Chabon, Robert Stone, Harold Brodkey, Ruth Rendell, David Foster Wallace, etc.). He was a freelance critic and has been working as a literary editor for Deutschlandfunk since 1996. 2000 to 2002, member of the jury of the Ingeborg-Bachmann award, 2004/2005 visiting professor at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 2006 member of the jury of the German Book Award, publisher of "Mare-Bibliothek" and "Arche Paradies"; since 2003 TV presenter of the ARD-Literaturmagazin "Druckfrisch".

Awards: Bayerischer Fernsehpreis 2013. Sonderpreis zum Hajo-Friedrichs-Preis 2012, Deutscher Fernsehpreis 2011. Übersetzerbarke 2007, Kritikerpreis des deutschen Anglistentages. Author of numerous non-fiction books, one of his latest in cooperation with Eva Gritzmann: "Sie & Er: der kleine Unterschied beim Essen und Trinken".