Johannes Vermeer Award 2022 goes to Arnon Grunberg

27 September 2022

The Johannes Vermeer Award 2022 goes to Arnon Grunberg. The members of the jury, chaired by Andrée van Es, have unanimously nominated him. Grunberg will receive the prize for his exceptional contribution to Dutch arts. At literary level, he has an unmistakably large impact on his generation. The Dutch State Prize for the Arts will be awarded on Wednesday, November 16th, by Gunay Uslu, State Secretary for Culture and Media.

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Winner of the 2022 European Literature Prize

writer Agustín Fernández Mallo and Dutch translator Adri Boon

22 September 2022

The 2022 European Literature Prize goes to the Nocilla trilogy by Spanish author Agustín Fernández Mallo in a Dutch translation by Adri Boon, published by Koppernik. The jury describes it as ‘a fantastic book that shows what literature can do: precisely by withstanding all the crumbling apart and splitting up, and by demonstrating how that which appears fragmentary stands alone, reverberates, suddenly makes contact and forms an amalgam that turns out to have unforeseen properties’. The prize will be presented to Agustín Fernández Mallo and Adri Boon on Saturday 5 November at the Crossing Border Festival in The Hague by jury chair Manon Uphoff.

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Support for Ukrainian artists in the Netherlands
Dutch Non-Fiction
Dutch Children's Books
Autumn 2021
UK 2019-2020



Zindzi Zevenbergen

Lennox and the Golden Sickle

(De Harmonie, 2021)

Although Zindzi Zevenbergen’s debut is about an invisible illness, the book itself is a…

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Sander Kollaard

Anna’s Colours

(G.A. van Oorschot, 2022)

Sander Kollaard’s novels are astonishingly serene. His often run-of-the-mill characters…

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Milo van Bokkum

Border Regions

(G.A. van Oorschot, 2021)

Borders divide the familiar from the foreign, the Self from the feared Other, and with…

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Hanny Michaelis

Wartime Diaries, 1940-1945

(G.A. van Oorschot, 2019)

When the poet Hanny Michaelis’s diaries from the German occupation of the Netherlands…

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In and around the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse in Montreuil

Agnes Vogt

14 December 2021

Between mid-November and mid-December, a presentation of Dutch children’s and youth culture called Ton monde, plein de merveilles took place in Montreuil, a suburb of Paris. This multidisciplinary collaboration between Dutch foundations, French partners and the Dutch embassy in Paris consisted of screenings of Dutch children’s films, dance and theatre performances and, of course, literary activities.

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