New Books in German promotes German-language literature in the UK, USA and across the world. We feature reviews of the best new fiction and non-fiction titles from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, as well as articles about the German-language literary scene. All books that we review are guaranteed funding for translation into English - see our Translation Funding section for more information.
The initiative for New Books in German came from a seminar held in London in May 1996 at which representatives from many branches of the book trade met to discuss why relatively few books are translated from German into English. It was felt that readers of English were not being given access to some of the best books in a variety of fields and for a variety of reasons. A steering committee was set up to hold further discussions and to launch a journal, with members now drawn from the British Centre for Literary Translation, the Austrian Cultural Forum (formerly Institute), German and Swiss Embassies, the Goethe-Institut, the Frankfurt Book Fair as well as our two editorial consultants. Editorial advisers are brought in for each issue, including a literary agent, a publisher, a translator and a bookseller, as are experienced readers to provide preliminary book reports. Some of the original founding members are still involved. As well as book reviews we publish features on aspects of the publishing scenes in the respective countries, portraits of authors, the experiences of those working creatively with German in their professional lives here, and news about literary festivals and other events.
Financial and moral support for New Books in German is provided by the Foreign Ministries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Pro Helvetia (Arts Council of Switzerland), the Goethe-Institut in Munich and London, the Austrian Cultural Forum in London, the German Book Office in New York, the International Division of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels. In addition, once a book has been chosen independently by the Editorial Committee, its German publishers make a fixed contribution to the journal’s costs. We are grateful to all these supporters, and also to the organisations represented on the Steering Committee, for their continued assistance.
Steering Committee for New Books in German: Barbara Becker, Frankfurt Book Fair; David Beck, Embassy of Switzerland; Susanne Frane, German Embassy; Sarah Harrington Hemens, NBG Project Director; Tanja Howarth, Tanja Howarth Literary Agency; Katalin Tuende Huber, Austrian Cultural Forum; Sheridan Marshall, NBG Editorial Consultant; Katrin Sohns, Goethe-Institut; Shaun Whiteside, British Centre for Literary Translation.