Announcing: Dutch Lit Fortnight 2013

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!

14 thoughts on “Announcing: Dutch Lit Fortnight 2013

  1. bibliosue

    Yay! Both of your suggested read-along books are available from my library so I will gladly participate with you. I do not blog much anymore but I look forward to reading your posts and further investigating your database as I’m planning a trip to The Netherlands at the end of the year!

  2. buriedinprint

    I’m in! Your plan sounds like an excellent compromise. I don’t recognize either of the books you’ve recommended, so I’m not sure what their styles are like, but based on themes alone I am drawn more to the first one (but appear to be in the minority, so far anyway!). My reading moods are shifting dramatically this year though, so I might simply read something else entirely and enjoy reading others’ thoughts on the readalong all the same. Happy to hear you’re hosting the event again!

  3. threegoodrats

    I really enjoyed The Twin (and am hoping to read his new novel sometime this year). I’ve already written about it on my blog but would be interested in following along if you pick that one. What a great idea!

  4. Kinna

    My schedule is quite hectic lately but will definitely ease up by the time Dtuch Lit Fortnight starts. Also, I think I have a copy of The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi somewhere. So count me in!

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  6. helen

    Heh heh, I still haven’t finished De aanslag from last year’s Dutch Lit Month… Maybe that will be my contribution this year.

    I am really glad that you’re organising something; I realise it must be a lot of work so a fortnight rather than a whole month is a nice solution.

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  8. Robin Dawson

    I’ll join in – and I’ll read The House of the Mosque. It’s been on my TBR pile for far too long – and given we have a trip to Holland coming up I’d like to know more about their literature.

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