Welcome to the "Gutenberg Year 2018"

In 2018, the City of Mainz will celebrate a very special anniversary: For then the anniversary of the death of the city's most famous son, Johannes Gutenberg, will be celebrated for the 550th time. In the "Gutenberg Year 2018", the focus is on the past, but also on the present and the future with social media, 3D printing and Co. Of course, the Gutenberg Society must not be missing and we will again be offering many exciting events this year. A highlight will be, for example, the presentation of the Gutenberg Prize to our general meeting on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Since it has been awarded since 1968, we can then celebrate another anniversary with the 50th anniversary of the Gutenberg Prize.

In the press area you will find current press reactions to the "Gutenberg Year 2018".

The Argentine-born writer, literature lecturer and translator Alberto Manguel will receive the 2018 Gutenberg Prize.

The International Gutenberg Society and the City of Mainz will award the 2018 Gutenberg Prize to the renowned author and reading researcher Alberto Manguel.

The prize, endowed with 10,000 €, is awarded every two years (alternating with the City of Leipzig) to personalities who deal with the history of technology, design and scientific research into the teaching of books as Gutenberg's successor.

This year's prizewinner has been dealing for decades with book culture, with the history of reading and the reader, he opens up the spiritual culture of the last 6,000 years by combining the diverse intellectual references since the first media revolution (the transition from orality to writing) and the fates of thoughts, experiences, knowledge and stories interwoven in numerous scrolls, books and files into a magnificent panorama of human history across generations, borders and times.

The celebrations to mark the awarding of the Gutenberg Prize with Lord Mayor Michael Ebling will take place on 23 June 2018 at 12.30 p.m. in the Council Hall of the Mainz Town Hall, accompanied by the General member's meeting of the International Gutenberg Society.

Interview with Gutenberg Prize winner Alberto Manguel: "It is the Nobel Prize of the Nobel Prizes":

Review of our Day trip to the cabinet exhibition "Gutenberg in Göttingen”

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the time had finally come: members and guests of the International Gutenberg Society and, a welcome innovation, volunteers and staff of the Gutenberg Foundation set off on an excursion to Göttingen. In the morning we started in the coach with food and drink. Professor Füssel enriched the trip with interesting and instructive information about Gutenberg and the Göttingen Gutenberg Bible on display. After a smooth journey there and arrival in Göttingen we went on the short way to the exhibition building, the Paulinerkirche, which experienced some ups and downs, but still retains its historical flair and deserves its purpose as a library building and exhibition venue.

In the darkened choir of the church we were then introduced to the Göttingen Gutenberg Bible, which has been part of the UNESCO world document heritage "Memory of the World" since 2001 and was only exhibited until 7 October. Dr. Johannes Mangei, Head of the Department of Special Collections and Conservation at the SUB Göttingen, provided us with a great deal of information about Gutenberg's role and the illumination and history of the Bible. We could also admire the mysterious Catholicon, where there are still uncertainties about the year, place and printer of origin. After the impressive guided tour to Gutenberg we were allowed to visit another gem in the historical building of the Paulinerkirche: the Heyne-Saal, which is otherwise closed to the public and houses one of the most beautiful library halls in Germany.

Impressed by all the wonderful, rare sights we went on to a nice dinner in the old town, followed by a short but concise city tour. We could admire the richly painted hall of the old town hall and learned charming details about the Gänseliesel Fountain and the history of the university town. After this varied collection of information about Göttingen and especially about Gutenberg we wanted to drive back to Mainz as undisturbed as on the outward journey, which unfortunately was made more difficult for us by increased traffic. Nevertheless, the time was used for intensive discussions and recapitulations, which was accompanied by a wonderful tour through Hessen, which ended in Mainz after all.