Death of Pieter Steinz

30 August 2016

Pieter Steinz passed away yesterday, at the age of fifty-two, in his home town, Haarlem. He was suffering from ALS, a progressive muscular disease with which he was diagnosed in 2013. He gradually laid aside his tasks as director of the Dutch Foundation for Literature but remained closely involved with the Foundation’s activities. He also published several successful books: Made in Europe (2014), Lezen met ALS (2015), and in 2015 the Book Week essay Waanzin in de wereldliteratuur. In that same year a completely revised edition appeared of Lezen Etcetera, first published twelve years earlier, with the title Steinz – Gids voor de wereldliteratuur. He wrote this ‘Dikke Steinz’ (‘The Thick Steinz’), as it became known, along with his daughter Jet Steinz.

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German press visits the Netherlands and Flanders

Guest of honour FBM16

22 August 2016

In the run up to the Netherlands and Flanders being Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Dutch and the Flemish Foundations for Literature will receive no less than 35 German journalists from 20 till 28 August. All media will be represented: radio, television, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and bloggers. In just a few days, the journalists will meet many writers, illustrators, publishers and (literary) organizations. No less than 120 authors/artists are involved in the three presstours, spread over 75 events at various (historic) locations in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Ghent.

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10 Books from Holland, Spring 2019
Children's Books - Spring 2016
Frankfurt 2016
Quality Non-Fiction from Holland


Jan Brokken

Die Vergeltung

(Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2015)

The Reprisal is an unforgettable examina­tion in microcosm of the Second World War and…

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Connie Palmen

You Said It

(Prometheus, 2015)

After Ted Hughes left her for another woman, Sylvia Plath killed herself. She became a…

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Was ich noch zu sagen hätte

Ursula Bergenthal

16 March 2016

„Duitsland - Was ich noch zu sagen hätte“ is the motto of the 81st Boekenweek with Germany as its theme, and „Gute Nacht, Freunde“ the title of Christoph Buchwald’s recent publication about 25 German books that belong on every beside table - all linked to the Gastlandauftritt of Flanders and the Netherlands in Frankfurt this year. An excellent occasion to accept the invitation of the indefatigable Nederlands Letterenfonds and spend a few days discovering the literary scene in Amsterdam.

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