Boekenweek 2022: a love letter to Dutch literature

Boekenweek, the “Book Week,” is an annual festival in the Netherlands and Belgium celebrating literature in Dutch. The 87th edition, running from April 9 to 18 this year, is themed “First loves.” Read more on the Book Week in Dutch-English translator Michele Hutchison’s 2019 article “Where Writers Are Treated Like Movie Stars,” in which she delves into the history of the festival, including some no-longer-secret Book Week Ball gossip.

World Editions, with its international office based on one of Amsterdam’s world-famous canals, has a soft spot for Dutch-language literature. We organized Book Week events in the UK in 2018, with a blog tour featuring Jaap Robben (author of the International Booker-longlisted Summer Brother, You Have Me to Love), Renate Dorrestein (author of The Darkness That Divides Us), and Esther Gerritsen (author of Craving and Roxy). In 2019, we brought Boekenweek to the US. Saskia de Coster (author of We & Me), Kristien Hemmerechts (author of The Woman Who Fed the Dogs), Annelies Verbeke (author of Assumptions and Thirty Days), and Christine Otten (author of The Last Poets) made appearances at the New Orleans literary festival, the Virginia Festival of the Book, and Politics & Prose, among others.

Marijke Schermer’s Love, If That’s What It Is is just our most recent Dutch title, published in February this year. Our American readers can look forward to Jaap Robben’s illustrated short story Biography of a Fly‘s publication in September. It has already been released in the UK (both in book form, and as a series of posters in the streets of Sheffield during the 2021 Off the Shelf Festival). Look out for EU Literature Prize winner We Are Light by Gerda Blees and Breakwater by Marijke Schermer next year.

To discover all our Dutch and Belgian masterpieces, have a look at our catalogue.