Arthur Japin Harry Mulisch Monday, January 7 at 8.15 pm
92nd Street Y
Arthur Japin and Harry Mulisch

"The immediate, magical influence of art has rarely been so great," a Dutch critic said of the work of novelist Arthur Japin. Japin wrote for the stage and for radio and television before publishing his first book, Magonian Stories. He made his international breakthrough with his prize-winning novel The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi, which was translated into numerous languages. He published also a collection of travel stories, The Fourth Wall.

John Updike has said that Dutch novelist Harry Mulisch "knows our psyches are spun of blood, and builds his plots with dense and slippery architecture." Mulisch has built up an impressive oeuvre, which include The Assault, Last Call, and his magnum opus The Discovery of Heaven, which became an immediate international best seller and was compared by the American press with the works of Homer, Dante and Goethe.

Tickets: $ 16 / PTOMS12-01
1395 Lexington Avenue, NYC 10128
Tel. 212-415-5500

Hans Maarten van den Brink Maya Rasker Monday, February 25 at 7.30 pm
Housing Works Used Book Café
Hans Maarten van den Brink, Maya Rasker and Dale Peck

Hans Maarten van den Brink has garnered international acclaim for the fiercely moving, lyrical On the Water, now published in the United States. In it, Van den Brink paints a rich portrait of a timid, passionate boy coming of age, of the grueling intensity of sport, and of a world hovering on the brink of war.

Maya Rasker's haunting, unforgettable first novel Unknown Destination was an immediate international success, and has been translated into several languages. It follows a man's descent into madness as he tries to make sense of his wife's inexplicable disappearance.

Dale Peck is the author of the novels Martin and John and The Law of Enclosures; he also co-wrote the screenplay for the latter. His latest novel is Now It's Time to Say Goodbye. His short fiction has appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, BOMB, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Village Voice. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995.

Tickets: suggestion for donation $ 5
126 Crosby Street, NYC 10012
Tel: 212-334-3324
This reading is supported by the PEN American Center

Oscar van den Boogaard Arnon Grunberg Tuesday, February 26 at 8 pm
Oscar van den Boogaard and Arnon Grunberg
introduced by Paul Elie
Oscar van den Boogaard is considered one of the Netherlands' most gifted young writers. He will read from Love's Death, recently translated and hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "an artfully concealed secret history [] laid bare with near surgical precision in this superbly constructed novel."

Arnon Grunberg, novelist, poet and playwright, enfant terrible and wunderkind of Dutch literature, lives in New York. He won international fame with his debut novel Blue Mondays which was recently followed in translation by Silent Extras.

Paul Elie is editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

85 East 4th Street, corner Second Avenue, NYC 10003
Tel: 212-505-3360


Margriet de Moor Wednesday, February 27 at 6.30 pm
The New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum
Margriet de Moor interviewed by Neil Gordon

After a career as a classical singer, Margriet de Moor decided to write - a decision which has proved particularly happy. Not only was she immediately recognised as a major talent, becoming one of the most popular writers in Dutch, but since the international success of her novels First Grey, Then White, Then Blue and The Virtuoso she has also become a literary presence abroad. "How important is this writer who has, in the past decade, captured some of her country's highest honors?" asked The New York Times. "Very important. How good is she? Very good, and getting better", was the answer.

Neil Gordon is the literary editor of the Boston Review and author, most recently, of a novel The Gun Runner's Daughter. He is currently finishing his third novel.

Tickets: General admission $ 10 - Friends & Conservators $ 7
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, NYC
Tel: 212-930-0571 / 212-930-0855

Hugo Claus Cees Nooteboom Thursday, February 28 at 7 pm
The New School, Orozco Room
Cees Nooteboom and Hugo Claus
Introduced by Richard Howard and David Lehman

Hugo Claus ranks as the most important Flemish writer since the Second World War. His wide-ranging oeuvre consists of poems, novels, stories, plays, and film scripts. His masterpiece The Sorrow of Belgium is a massive Bildungsroman which takes place against the background of the German occupation. Claus has received many prominent prizes, at home and abroad.

Cees Nooteboom has built up an impressive oeuvre of novels, poetry, short stories and travel writing. His novels Rituals and The Following Story - translated into more than twenty languages - marked his international breakthrough. Nooteboom was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his oeuvre. All Souls Day, his most ambitious novel to date, has just been published in the United States.

Richard Howard, poet, translator and critic, ranks among the most important contemporary American writers. Pulitzer-Prize-winner, Howard's other awards include Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Literary Award. He is currently poetry editor of The Paris Review.

David Lehman is the widely honored author of four collections of poems, several books of criticism and a study of crime novels. In addition he has edited numerous books on poetry and literary criticism, The Best American Poetry series among them.

Tickets: $ 10 - Students $ 5 Orozco Room
66 West 12th Street
Tel: 212-229-5353

Henk van Woerden Friday, March 1 at 7 pm
Housing Works Used Book Café
Henk van Woerden interviewed by Lawrence Weschler
Reading and interview
Henk van Woerden, born in the Netherlands, grew up and studied in South Africa before returning to Europe in May 1968. Van Woerden, a prize-winning writer and artist, has written three novels set in South Africa. His third, the recently published The Assassin is a chilling biographical study of Demetrios Tsafendas who assassinated the South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd in 1966.

Lawrence Weschler has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since the early eighties. He currently heads the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. His many books of political reportage and of art include: Three Nonfiction Novellas, Vermeer in Bosnia, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Boggs: A Comedy of Values

Tickets: suggestion for donation $5
126 Crosby Street, Houston & Prince, NYC 10012
Tel: 212-334-3324

Marcel Möring Friday March 1 at 7 pm
Marcel Möring interviewed by Stephen J. Dubner
Marcel Möring is recognized as one of the most important writers of the Netherlands, frequently being asked for his opinions on political and social developments. His breakthrough, The Great Longing, won him several prestigious literary prizes and has been widely translated. His most ambitious novel to date, In Babylon, has also received international acclaim.

Stephen J. Dubner is writer and editor of New York Times Magazine, and author of Turbulent Souls.

85 East 4th Street, corner Second Avenue, NYC 10003
Tel: 212-505-3360

Monday, March 4 at 7 pm
R.J. Julia Booksellers
Marcel Möring
Reading and talk
To celebrate the publication of his latest book The Dream Room, R.J. Julia Booksellers will host an evening with Marcel Möring.
768 Boston Post Road, Madison CT 06443
Tel: 203-245-3959