Today marks the last Queen’s Day in a long while. It is the day on which Queen Beatrix abdicated and is now once more a princess, leading to the Netherlands having a new King in Willem-Alexander from today onwards. Today, half the population will be celebrating on the streets while the other half is probably following the ceremony on TV.
Me? In between doing both of these things I am thinking about the annual month dedicated to Dutch literature which I inaugurated two years ago. For a long while, I was not sure whether I should organise another dedicated month this year. Several issues came up that I won’t go into now. The key thing, however, is the fact that I simply do not have time to generate enough content, to read enough books, for a whole month. At the same time, after a year of growing recognition for some books written by Dutch authors, I did not want to forget about this event that helps me (and in a way forces me) to discover more of my own country’s literature, and simultaneously perhaps highlights some books that might be of interest to other international readers.
This is why I have decided to organise a Dutch Lit Fortnight this year.
Please feel very welcome to join me in reading one or more books of Dutch literature and writing about them on your blog or in the comment section of my posts, from the 17th of June until the 30th of June.
As in previous years I will be providing some suggested reading before the beginning of the month, and will also offer a giveaway or two.
If there is any interests, I am also contemplating a Read Along of either The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi by Arthur Japin or The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker.
If you cannot wait for my suggested this year, feel free to check the Dutch Lit Month tag on this blog, or the Dutch Literature in Translation Review Database, to which you are also invited to add URLs of your own reviews of Dutch literature in translation.
I hope you will contemplate joining me, as I´d love some company during these fourteen days!