They announced the longlist for the prestigious Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize, which is awarded by Deutschlandradio and the City of Braunschweig and worth €30,000.
Mirko Bonné: Nie mehr Nacht
Gunther Geltinger: Moor
Thomas Glavinic: Das größere Wunder
Ernst-Wilhelm Händler: Der Überlebende
Georg Klein: Die Zukunft des Mars
Brigitte Kronauer: Gewäsch und Gewimmel
Hartmut Lange: Das Haus in der Dorotheenstraße
Rainer Merkel: Bo
Clemens Meyer: Im Stein
Terézia Mora: Das Ungeheuer
Hans Pleschinski: Königsallee
Marion Poschmann: Die Sonnenposition
A lot of big books on this list - Geltinger read from something that became this novel at Klagenfurt in 2011 and I liked it, Bonné, Merkel and Klein have adventure books for boys, Kronauer and Poschmann give us mental health issues, as does Mora, perhaps, in a sequel to her last book, and Pleschinski's book is a Thomas Mann novel (surely a genre of its own by now, the novel about major German novelists).
My favourite, though, is obviously Clemens Meyer's Im Stein, which is out on 22 August. I'm not allowed to review it until then, which is tough because I've been loving it with a passion since April and talking about little else.
The award is a little complicated. It goes to a writer for a book out this year, but it also takes in all their previous work. And it's gone to some really top writers in the past, from Max Frisch to Ralf Rothmann and Sibylle Lewitscharoff.