Tamara Ireland Stone receives “Buxtehude Bull” award

Tamara Ireland Stone receives “Buxtehude Bull” award – Laudators praise book's spirit and power of attraction.

Buxtehude. “I can hardly believe it, I am so overwhelmed!  I am standing here all because of you”. It was with these words, that the American author, Tamara Ireland Stone, received the remunerated €5000 “Buxtehude Bull” Youth Literature Award from Mayor Katja Oldenburg-Schmidt's hands last Friday evening. The Frankfurt-born (1969) author was honored by an audience of about 500 at the Buxtehude Halepaghen stage for her youth novel “Every Last Word” (German title: “Mit anderen Worten: ich”). Magellan Publisher, was there to represent the German book translators, Sandra Knuffinke and Jessika Komina.

“We are fascinated, inspired, touched and moved.”
The Laudators, Buxtehude Pastor, Lutz Tietje (St. Paul's parish) and his wife, specialist for child and youth psychiatry and psychotherapy, Dr. Maren Tietje, praised the book's spirit: “You, dear Tamara, allow us to feel the power of words and allow us to experience what it is like for an “I” to search for, and find, itself. We are fascinated, inspired, touched and moved.”

Buxtehude's mayor, Ms Katja Oldenburg-Schmidt, emphasized the special meaning of literature and the power of language: “Words can console, but they can also be deeply hurtful.” Through her novel, Tamara Ireland Stone has managed to win her readers over.  Moreover, “Tamara, you have enchanted Buxtehude.”

US author calls the award a very special honor
Tamara Ireland Stone was deeply touched, saying, “To get this award is an unbelievable honor. As an author, you hope that the world that we create influences the readers we have. This award shows me that I have obviously been able to touch others.”

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The book's protagonist is Samantha.  The teenager painstakingly hides, from fear of being labeled crazy, her obsessive compulsive disorder. Words are not Samantha's friends. On the contrary, endless chains of thoughts plague Sam and stop her from leading a carefree life. However, her life is changed when she meets Caroline. Caroline sees through Sam's facade and invites her into a secret poetry club. This is where, for the first time, Sam experiences the freeing power of words and edges closer to who she is.

Slammers demonstrate the power of words on stage
The celebrated award ceremony's presenters, Sven Kamin and his colleague, Tabea Farnbacher – both two of the most successful slammers in Northern Germany – explored the book's theme “the emotional world of youths and the power of words”. They shaped the stage's program. Tabea Farnbacher requested the audience to close their eyes, sat down on the stage's floor and began her slam “Black Out”, whereas Sven Kamin fired off, with full mind and body strength, his “Poem of Terror” at the audience as well as an imagined dialogue with the “Old Masters” -  Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Franz Kafka and even Hermann Hesse.

In the style of the novel's secret poet's club, Kamin and Farnbacher, together with the “Buxtehude Poet Club” - with its six Buxtehude slammers – interpreted, each in their own way, a marked scene within the book. The evening's program was rounded off with musical accompaniment by Guido Jäger and Angel García Arnés.

Stone sought contact with her readers and gave autographs
After the award ceremony's conclusion, the author sought contact with her readers. While signing her books, she could talk with her target audience. “Writing is a lonely process, contact with my readers is so important. While talking with my audience, I find out what the readers think of my world, how they understand the characters and where they find connections”, Stone said.


On the preceding afternoon, the 46th Buxtehude “BULLEvard” plaque – a brass plaque with the winner's name and book title – was unveiled by Tamara Ireland Stone and Buxtehude's mayor, Katja Oldenburg-Schmidt. Tamara Ireland Stone was already very touched by the jury's choice announcement back in August. “I was so shocked and surprised. And I am now so thankful for this unbelievable honor.” Tamara Ireland Stone was so happy about how warmly her and her father, Bill, were welcomed to Buxtehude. “We came as foreigners and leave as friends – if we leave at all, that is.”

The Buxtehude Bull is supported by the Else and Heinrich Klindtworth foundation (Else und Heinrich Klindtworth-Stiftung). The Buxtehude Library was supported in the distribution of the Buxtehude Bull again this year by Buxtehude Library Support Society (Förderkreis der Stadtbibliothek Buxtehude e.V), KVG Transport Stade (KVG Stade GmbH & Co. KG -Buxtehude operation) and Iwersen (Coffee) Roasting House (Rosterei Iwersen).

About the Prize
The Buxtehude Bull is one of the most remunerated and tradition-steeped German literature prizes. In 1971, it was initiated by the Buxtehude book seller, Winfried Ziemann. The prize is endowed with €5000 and the Buxtehude Bull's aim is to inspire youth's to read as well as to encourage the spread of good youth literature. Through the jury's traditional combination of equal numbers of eleven youths and eleven adults, it has been for over 40 years that this prize comprises the interface between literary quality, literary preference with the themes that collectively move youths and literary experts. Through it's aims and it's processes, this prize is unique in the German-speaking world.

Buxtehude BULLEvard
The winners are immortalized within the Buxtehude town-scape by way of brass plaques. To date, the BULLEvard – the winners' “Walk of Fame” - over 40 plaques have been laid all over the town. Among them, the authors: Christine Fehér, Lauren Oliver, Jostein Gaarder, Stephenie Meyer and David Safier.

46th Award Ceremony

Feel free to join the 46th "Buxehuder Bulle" award ceremony with Tamara Ireland Stone. Admission free!

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Public Reading

Be our guest while Tamara Ireland Stone reads her book "Mit anderen Worten: Ich".

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46. Buxtehuder Bulle 2016 goes to Tamara Ireland Stone „Mit anderen Worten: ich“

The Author Tamara Ireland Stone receives the famous Youth Book Prize “Buxtehuder Bulle“ worth of 5.000 Euro for her novel „Mit anderen Worten: ich“, published in the „Magellan Verlag“.

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The mayoress of the Hansestadt Buxtehude, Katja Oldenburg-Schmidt, announced the results on Thursday evening, 31 August 2017, in the Buxtehuder „Stieglitzhaus“.

The American authors comment on instagram: „I’m in SHOCK!! Vielen Dank!!“ She was very grateful for the award and promised to come to Buxtehude for the award ceremony.

Tamara Ireland Stone grew up in the north of California. She loved to travel to South East Asia and parts of Europe. Tamara, her husband and her two kids live in San Francisco. Besides, her first novel is called „Zwischen uns die Zeit“ and is translated into 16 different languages.

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Katja Oldenburg-Schmidt, Ulrike Mensching and the Jury with the winning book and the "Buxtehude Bull-Award".


46th Price Decision

The Buxtehuder Bulle goes to...

Next Thursday, the 31th August, at 7 pm the 46th winner of the German Book Award for Young People´s Literature `Buxtehuder Bulle´ is determined. Look forward to a fun-filled evening and experience the decision live in the Stieglitzhouse! Free entry. No reservation possible.

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Nominees „Buxtehuder Bulle 2016“

Five very emotional youth books are nominated for the „Buxtehuder Bulle 2016“. The jury has selected this five books from around 90 titles (published in 2016).

  • Isabel Abedi „Die längste Nacht“
  • Eric Lindstrom „Wie ich dich sehe“
  • Tamara Ireland Stone „Mit anderen Worten: ich“
  • Jason Reynolds und Brendan Kiely „Nichts ist okay!“
  • Annabel Wahba „Tausend Meilen über das Meer“

Save the date: The public prize decision will take place on 31th August (7 pm) in the „Stieglitzhaus“.

Buxtehuder Bulle 2016 Shortlist 2
Ulrike Mensching (Leiterin Stadtbibliothek Buxtehude), Susanne Gratza (Vorsitzende vom Förderkreis), Melanie Hainke (Stadtbibliothek), Swen-Olaf Iwersen und Renate Behncke (Sommerleseplatz der Stadtbibliothek, Rösterei am Fleth) (Fotonachweis: Hansestadt Buxtehude)

Photo competition 2017

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As in 2016 we ask our reader to join our photo competition.
Take a holiday photo with one of the nominated books and the „Buxtehuder Bulle“-suitcase (You can download the suitcase here).
Publish your holiday photo on facebook, instagram (#buxtehuderhulle2017) or send us an e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
The best photos will be awarded.  

Shortlist "Buxtehuder Bulle 2016"

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Isabel Abedi

„Die längste Nacht“

Arena Verlag, 408 S.


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Eric Lindstrom

„Wie ich dich sehe“

Carlsen Verlag, 352 S. (Übersetzung: Katarina Ganslandt)


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Tamara Ireland Stone

„Mit anderen Worten: ich“

magellan Verlag, 336 S. (Übersetzung: Sandra Knuffinke, Jessika Komina)


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Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely:

„Nichts ist okay!“

dtv Verlag, 320 S. (Übersetzung: Klaus Fritz, Anja Hansen-Schmidt)


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Annabel Wahba

„Tausend Meilen über das Meer“

cbj Verlag, 248 S.


Wir feiern den Siegertitel Buxtehuder Bulle 2015 und laden dazu herzlich ein

Mittwoch, 14. Juni 2017 um 19 Uhr in der
Stadtbibliothek Buxtehude, Fischerstr. 2, 21614 Buxtehude.

Freuen Sie sich auf interessante Gäste und ein unterhaltsames Rahmenprogramm mit der Schauspielerin Celia Hoffmann und Lektorinnen des Carlsen Verlags – Victoria Aveyard kann leider nicht persönlich an der Veranstaltung teilnehmen.

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US-Schriftstellerin Victoria Aveyard kann „Buxtehuder Bullen“ nicht persönlich in Empfang nehmen – Alternativ-Veranstaltung geplant

US-Schriftstellerin Victoria Aveyard kann „Buxtehuder Bullen“ nicht persönlich in Empfang nehmen – Alternativ-Veranstaltung geplant

Buxtehude. Als die amerikanische Schriftstellerin Victoria Aveyard im September 2016 mit überzeugender Mehrheit insbesondere bei den jugendlichen Juroren mit ihren Phantasieroman „Die Farben des Blutes: Die rote Königin“ unter 90 nominierten Buchtiteln zur Siegerin des renommierten Buxtehuder Jugendbuchpreises „Buxtehuder Bulle“ gewählt wurde, war die Freude bei allen Beteiligten besonders groß. Umso größer ist jetzt die Enttäuschung bei den Buxtehuder Organisatoren, zahlreichen Leserinnen und Lesern sowie Fans der Schriftstellerin über die Mitteilung, dass die 26-jährige Autorin ihren Preis nicht persönlich in Buxtehude in Empfang nehmen wird. Victoria Aveyard arbeite derzeit bereits an ihrem vierten Roman und müsse daher aus Zeitgründen die Preisverleihung in Buxtehude absagen, so die Erklärung ihrer New Yorker Agentur.

Die Absage von Victoria Aveyard, die in Los Angeles lebt, wird bei so manchem hiesigen Literatur- und Bullenfreund sicherlich Anlass zu der Überlegung nach einer grundsätzlichen Änderung des Jugendbuchpreises mit Beteiligung von Autoren ausschließlich aus Europa oder sogar lediglich aus Deutschland geben. Ein ausführlicher Vergleich mit anderen Literaturpreisen und eine Auswertung weltweiter Erwähnung in Presse, Funk und Fernsehen zeigt allerdings die enorme Bedeutung des „Buxtehuder Bullen" als einen der renommiertesten und traditionsreichsten Jugendbuchpreise auch auf internationaler Ebene. Seit 45 Jahren bildet der Preis erfolgreich die Schnittstelle zwischen literarischer Qualität, Lektürevorlieben Jugendlicher sowie Themen, die Jugendliche und Literaturexperten gleichermaßen bewegen und ist bis heute nahezu einzigartig. „Um die enorme Bedeutung des „Buxtehuder Bullen" zu erhalten, werden wir den Preis weiterhin weltweit vergeben, und in unseren heutigen globalen Zeiten möchten wir auch künftig Autoren-Newcomern aus allen Kontinenten eine Chance bieten, egal ob der Preisträger nach Buxtehude kommt oder nicht“, teilte Ulrike Mensching, Leiterin der Stadtbibliothek, die aktuelle Entscheidung der Verantwortlichen der Stadt Buxtehude mit.

Zusammen mit dem deutschen Carlsen Verlag der Preisträgerin Victoria Aveyard werde jetzt eine Alternativ-Veranstaltung für die Preisverleihung konzipiert, so Mensching. Auch das Preisgeld in Höhe von 5.000 Euro werde die Autorin erhalten. Die Stahlplastik in Form des Bullen, die ebenfalls alle Preisträger des Jugendbuchpreises bekommen, bleibt bis zur Abholung durch die Preisträgerin in Buxtehude. Unter den bislang 45 Preisträgern waren bereits einige amerikanische Autoren – fast alle von ihnen haben den „Buxtehuder Bullen“ auch persönlich in Empfang genommen.

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45. Buxtehuder Bulle 2015 goes to Victoria Aveyard

The Author Victoria Aveyard receives the famous Youth Book Prize “Buxtehuder Bulle“ worth of 5000 Euro for her novel “Die Farben des Blutes: Die rote Königin“, published in the "Carlsen Verlag".

The jury publishes the decision at the 23. August in the community center "Stieglitzhaus". The jury consists of eleven adults and eleven teenager, who are especially fall in love with this book. Victoria Aveyards novel is an exciting fantasy novel, which takes the reader in Mares world. Her world is determined by the color of the blood. Mare belongs to the red group, who has the mission to serve the silver-elite with their supernatural forces. Mare saves herself with especially skills. To avoid turmoil, Mare is engaged with the youngest prince. But the brother of the prince makes her upset. To sum up, the mix of a love story and a fantasy novel is an absorbing tale to plunge in another world.

The 26 years old author Victoria Aveyard grew up in the small town of East Longmeadow in Massachusetts in the east of USA. Later she decided to move to the west coast to study scriptwriting in Los Angeles. Her passion is to write stories about heroines, history and explosions – best all three themes together. Other famous books are "Gläsernes Schwert", band 2, "Gesang der Königin" or "Cruel Crown".


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The participants after the price decision with the winner's title | Photo: Hansestadt Buxtehude/Susanne Laudien

45th Price Decision

Next Tuesday, 23th August, at 19 o'clock the 45th winner of the German Book Award for Young People´s Literature „Buxtehuder Bullen“ is determined. Look forward to a fun-filled evening and experience the decision live with the Stieglitzhouse! Admission is free.

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The nominees for the „Buxtehuder Bullen“ 2015 are:

  • Victoria Aveyard: Die Farben des Blutes: Die rote Königin, Carlsen Verlag
  • Liz Coley: Scherbenmädchen, ONE im Bastei Lübbe Verlag
  • Ortwin Ramadan: T.R.O.J.A. Komplott, Coppenrath Verlag
  • Sabine Schoder: Liebe ist was für Idioten. Wie mich. Fischer Verlag
  • Lauren Miller: Eden Academy: Du kannst dich nicht verstecken, Ravensburger Buchverlag
  • Angela Mohr: ADA: Im Anfang war die Finsternis, Arena Verlag
  • Jasmine Warga: Mein Herz und andere schwarze Löcher, FISCHER Sauerländer Verlag
  • Meg Wolitzer: Was uns bleibt ist jetzt, cbt Verlag



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