Hüxstraße book shop receives award

On October 5, 2016 the German Booksellers’ Award was presented at the Heidelberg Theater. The award was presented by Monica Grütters, State Minister for Culture and Media. Together with 4 other book stores, Lübeck’s own maKULaTUR was recognized as being “especially outstanding”.

Here is an excerpt from the laudation held by Thomas-Mann award holder Jenny Erpenbeck to 5 book stores at the German Booksellers’ Award ceremony:

“Selling books is (…) not only a hospitable profession per se, but also an occupation that thrives on shared interest in the world at large. Today we are recognizing 5 book stores that have especially dedicated themselves to this type of hospitality and this special form of interest in the world.

MaKULaTUR is a Lübeck-based book store that is dedicated to all things beautiful. The “Bücherbogen” at Berlin’s Savignyplatz served as an inspiration and first proving ground for the two owners – surely, it can be classified as a high-level starting point. In addition to art books and illustrated volumes, selected fiction and philosophical literature can be found at Lübeck’s maKULaTUR. Furthermore, despite the rather limited 55 m² of available space, the store offers regular musical and oratory events – filmed and published on the store’s own internet channel, which features the unique name “Wolkenkuckucksheim”. With this channel, maKULaTUR reaches a wide, young and open audience and serves as a beacon for less-beaten paths in a world that seems set on always finding the lowest common denominator to cater to the widest possible mainstream audience. The jury was unanimous in its decision to honor this Schleswig-Holstein beacon, which stands fairly lonesomely, as beacons have a tendency to do (…).”