Sjoerd Kuyper in Italy

19-25 October 2019

Sjoerd Kuyper will be in Italy from 19 to 25 October where he will visit several cities in a promotional tour as part of #ioleggoperché, a large national initiative to promote reading among Italian children. At primary schools, in libraries and book stores, Kuyper will talk with children about his children’s book Hotel De Grote L, translated into Italian as Hotel Grande A by Anna Patrucco Becchi, published by La Nuova Frontiera. Hotel Grande A won the Premio Orbil 2018 in Italy in the category fiction for 11-14 years, and was nominated for the Premio Strega Italy 2018.

Sjoerd Kuyper (b. 1952) made his writing debut in 1974 with a collection of poems for adults. He wrote various stories for television, among them Majesteit, Uw ontbijt (‘Your Breakfast, Sire’) and Het zakmes (‘The Pocket Knife’) which was also made into film and received fourteen awards, among them an Emmy. He has written over fifty children's books, with big success: he has won six Silver Slate Pencils, one of them for The Big L Hotel, and a Golden Slate Pencil for Robin and God in 1996. In 2012 he was awarded the Theo Thijssen Prize for his oeuvre. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.

The Big L Hotel

Things haven’t been going well at the hotel since Kos’s mum died, but without his dad there, it becomes impossible. How can you run a hotel and still keep on going to school? How can you pay off a big loan when you have hardly any paying guests? Even the name of the hotel isn’t finished: they only got as far as the letter L. Ultimately the book is all about honesty, loving one another and daring to be yourself.

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