In the Netherlands, Boekenweek (Book Week) is an annual celebration of literature, happening every Spring since 1935. Events are held across the country during Boekenweek, and include book signings, readings, and panel discussions. Every year, a well-known Dutch author is asked to write a novella specifically for Boekenweek, which is given out for free in bookstores to each customer who purchases a book. These novellas then act as tickets for a free train ride anywhere in the country. In 2016, World Editions author Esther Gerritsen (author of Roxy and Craving) wrote the Boekenweek gift of which 600,000 copies were handed out.
In the UK and Ireland, World Editions are teaming up with Faber and Scribe UK to feature four leading Dutch books and authors on the UK’s most exciting book blogs.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld – The Discomfort of Evening (Faber) translated by Michele Hutchison
Tommy Wieringa – The Blessed Rita (Scribe UK) translated by Sam Garrett
Bert Wagendorp – Ventoux (World Editions), translated by Paul Vincent
Rodaan Al-Galidi – Two Blankets, Three Sheets (World Editions) translated by Jonathan Reeder
Visit these top book blogs for reviews, extracts and more!