Since 1968, the Gutenberg Society, together with the city of Mainz, has awarded the Gutenberg Prize of the International Gutenberg Society and the City of Mainz for outstanding artistic, technical and scientific achievements in the field of printing. The award was initially awarded every three years, since 1994 then in the annual change with the Gutenberg Prize of the city of Leipzig, which also honors outstanding book art achievements. The Gutenberg Prize is endowed with 10,000 euros.
Alberto Manguel, born 1948 in Buenos Aires, grew up in Israel and Argentina and has been a Canadian citizen since 1988. At home in several languages, he has edited, lectured and translated in Buenos Aires, Paris, Milan, London and Toronto; since 2016 he has been the director of the Argentine National Library and the successor of the legendary Jorge L. Borges, the blind librarian of the Argentine Library, who was assisted by the young Alberto Manguel as a reader.
With his book "The History of Reading", Alberto Manguel created a seduction to reading in 1998, which was translated into 36 languages. On his 70th birthday, a declaration of love to his own 40,000 book library has just been published under the title "The Hidden Library. One Elegy and Ten Digressions" (Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions, New Haven: Yale University Press).