Hanna Bervoets (b. 1984) writes novels, essays, and screenplays. Bervoets won the 2009 Debut of the Year Award for her first novel, Of Hoe Waarom (Or, How, Why). Her second book, Lieve Céline (Dear Céline), was awarded the 2012 Opzij Literature Prize for best book by a female author. She made her breakthrough as novelist with the acclaimed bestseller Alles wat er was (Everything There Was). Her next novel, Efter, was nominated for several prestigious prizes and the film rights were sold. In January 2017, she was won two literary awards: the BNG Prize for Ivanov and the F. Kellendonk Prize for her novels. Her eighth novel, Welkom in het rijk der zieken (Welcome to the Kingdom of the Sick), was released in June 2019.