Writer-in-residence programme 2019

Rosemary Sullivan as WiR in Amsterdam

2-31 May 2019

Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan will be living and working in Amsterdam from 2 to 31 May, upon invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. She will be working on a book with the provisional title A Cold Case Diary, which is due to appear in 19 countries in the summer of 2020; in the Netherlands the book will be published by Ambo | Anthos.

The book describes a large-scale international investigation into the arrest of the Frank family in World War II.

Rosemary Sullivan

Rosemary Sullivan is the author of fourteen books in the multiple genres of biography, memoir, poetry, travelogue, and short fiction. Her books include Shadow Maker which won the Governor General’s Award, Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out, and Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape and a House in Marseille, which won the Canadian Had Vashem prize for scholarship. Her latest book Stalin’s Daughter, published in 23 countries, won the American based International Biographers’ Association award, three Canadian Non-Fiction prizes, and was the London Daily Mail’s Best Book of the Year.

A Cold Case Diary

Lead investigator Vincent Pankoke is supported by a team of nineteen criminologists, historians, journalists, data specialists. The team will work with specially developed software that should help to analyze the available data. Major Dutch archives are facilitating the research, including the Dutch National Archives, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), the Amsterdam City Archives, and the Anne Frank House.

During her stay in Amsterdam, Sullivan will interview several people for her book.

Public performance

On Wednesday evening 22 May, Sullivan will be interviewed by Michel Krielaars (NRC Handelsblad) at B-Unlimited in The Hague, about her latest book Stalin’s Daughter. The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva. This evening is English spoken. More information and tickets are available at the website of B-Unlimited.