If you want to know how important literary blogs have become for the German publishing sector, just look at this year’s German Book Prize: for the first time, there is a blogger among the seven jury members. The presence of Uwe Kalkowski, who made a name for himself with his ‘Kaffeehaussitzer’ site, is just one of many signs that bloggers are now established forces within German publishing.
Until the publication of her acclaimed debut novel this year, Austrian author Mareike Fallwickl was known primarily for her book blog. Here, fellow blogger Tilman Winterling explores what happens when a blogger who ‘delights in hatchet jobs’ turns to print.
In 2018 the German Book Prize – the German-language Booker – invited a blogger onto its jury for the very first time. So ‘Kaffeehaussitzer’ Uwe Kalkowski has spent even more time sitting in coffee houses than usual – but now always with a book in hand. Kalkowski talked to Bradley Schmidt about the judging experience, and what it means to be a literary blogger today.