American writer Sherill Tippins will work as writer in residence at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) in Amsterdam from February until June 2017.
Tippins books are based on historical research, and are particularly interesting for those interested in the 20th century art scene of New York. In February House. The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof in Brooklyn and Inside The Dream Palace. The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel she describes two creative ‘hotspots’ in art and literature.
For her current research project The First Two Hundred Tippins will go further back in time. The book will tell the story of the first European migrants who crossed the Atlantic to Manhattan Island, later to be called New Amsterdam (or New York). And what better place could there be for archival research than the historic, 17th century location of the NIAS Institute.
The U.S.-edition of The First Two Hundred is expected in 2018; Querido Publisher will publish the Dutch translation at the same time.
Writer in residence at NIAS
The Writer-in-Residence programme offers fiction and non-fiction writers from the Netherlands and abroad an opportunity to work for an extended period within an international academic community. It is a collaboration between NIAS and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (Nederlands Letterenfonds) in Amsterdam.