In the final week of the World Expo, the Dutch Cultural Centre in Shanghai (DCC) will open its doors to Café Amsterdam, a series of literary events bringing Dutch and Chinese authors together on stage. The Netherlands will be guest of honour at the 2011 Beijing International Book
Fair and it intends to present itself there as a small but dynamic country with a rich cultural life. In recent years, Chinese publishers and readers have discovered that part of the Dutch nation's cultural wealth consists of vibrant and fascinating literature, and many Chinese publishing houses are now presenting Dutch authors to a Chinese readership, including writers of children's literature, classics, non-fiction and poetry, as well as contemporary fiction. The Café Amsterdam programme in Shanghai offers an interesting preview of the presentation planned for Beijing in 2011. Three prominent Dutch authors - Cees Nooteboom, Margriet de Moor and Anna Enquist - will discuss their work and read to a Chinese audience along with their Chinese colleagues Wang Anyi, Chen Cun and Bi Feiyu.