'Junker' by Simon Spruyt has recently been published in French by publishing house Cambourakis and translated by Daniel Cunin. The Flemish Literature Fund supported the translation and production of this graphic novel with a grant for illustrated books. In 2014, Spruyt was awarded the Willy Vandersteen Prize for 'Junker' for the best Dutch-language comic book of the year.
From 10 to 14 June 2015, Belgium will be the guest country at the Marché de la Poésie in Paris. Organisers, Circé, are spotlighting French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders equally in the programme. The Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) is organising the Dutch-language component and is taking 18 poets and the Poetry Centre along to Brussels and Paris.
The Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) is delighted that Mark Schaevers has won the Gouden Boekenuil (Golden Book Owl) with ‘Orgelman’ (Organ Man, De Bezige Bij). Strikingly, the most prestigious literary prize in Flanders has been awarded for a nonfiction book. It is a wonderful recognition for a flourishing genre in Flemish literature.
Jef Geeraerts has passed away at the age of 85. He was one of the most read Flemish authors of the second half of the 20th century.
Following the recent dramatic events in the Mediterranean, the problem of boat refugees is once again a topic of debate. Two Flemish short novels have also been written on this complex matter in recent years: Elvis Peeters’ De ontelbaren’ (The Uncountables, Uitgeverij Podium) and Peter Verhelst's ‘De allerlaatste caracara ter wereld’ (The Very Last Caracara in the World, Prometheus).
In April, Mattias De Leeuw travelled to Beijing at the invitation of his publishers Xiaoduo, to promote the Chinese translation of ‘De Steltenloper’ (The Stilt Walker, Lannoo). The FLF supported both the translation (with a grant for illustrated books) and the trip (with a travel grant). 'What an extraordinary experience!' said De Leeuw, 'With translations, you usually get sent a couple of copies and that's it. This time, I experienced a second launch of ‘De Steltenloper’'.
In May, the Translators' House will accommodate Aneta Dantcheva-Manolova and Stana Anzelj.
Flemish-Moroccan author Fikry El Azzouzi’s long-awaited second novel 'Drarrie in de nacht' (Drarrie in the Night) was published at the end of last year by Uitgeverij Vrijdag. The book describes the day-to-day life of four street kids in a small Flemish town. What begins as an entertaining picaresque novel slowly turns into a chilling story of radicalisation when one of the boys decides to leave Flanders to become a martyr.
The Flemish Literature Fund team is getting ready for the Bologna Book Fair (30 March to 2 April) and the London Book Fair (14 to 16 April).
Mark Schaevers has been nominated for the shortlist of the Golden Book Owl, the most important literary prize in Flanders. His nonfiction title 'Orgelman. Felix Nussbaum. Een schildersleven' (Organ Man. Felix Nussbaum. A Painter’s Life, originally published by De Bezige Bij) is the only title on the list by a writer from Flanders.
No less than four German translations of Dutch-language children’s books are nominated for the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.
German translators Bettina Bach and Rainer Kersten received the Else Otten Übersetzerpreis 2014 in Berlin earlier this week. The award, a joint initiative of the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Flemish Literature Fund, is presented to the best recent German translation of a Dutch work.
Pushkin Press announces with pride the ‘first-ever appearance of Erwin Mortier’s work in the United States and Canada’, with an English translation by Paul Vincent of ‘While the Gods Were Sleeping’. In July 2014, the publisher already released this long-awaited English translation of Mortier’s award-winning magnum opus in the UK, providing a new introduction for English-language readers to this contemporary master of Flemish literature.
Marie und die Dinge des Lebens, the German translation of Mare en de dingen (Maia and What Matters) by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire was selected by an independent jury of 29 German, Swiss and Austrian members to be one of the 7 best children’s books in January. It was published by Bohem Press and was translated by Rolf Erdorf.
Ten German-language publishers were in Antwerp and Amsterdam last week (19-23 January 2015), to discover the flourishing Dutch-language literature. It was the second time the Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (DFL) organized a joint publishers tour for fiction. Tom Müller, editor with Blumenbar/Aufbau and one of our guests, wrote a blog about his visit.
Peter Terrin and Ivo Victoria are on the longlist for the Libris Literature Prize, that was announced on 26 January. The jury selected eighteen nominees from almost 200 entries. Terrin is nominated with 'Monte Carlo', Victoria with 'Dieven van vuur' (Thieves of Passion).
The International Comics Festival of Angoulême, that takes place next week, spotlights the Flemish comic scene again. 'The Kinky & Cosy Experience', a combination of an installation, a comics exhibition and a magazine, promises to be a great success. ‘It’s not an exhibition, it’s an experience’, says comic book author Nix. A year and a half ago, the Flemish Literature Fund asked him to be the curator of a Flemish exhibition at the biggest comic festival of the world.
The French translation of 'Het hondje dat Nino niet had' (The Dog Nino didn't have, De Eenhoorn) by Edward van de Vendel and Anton Van Hertbruggen wins the Prix Sorcières for best picture book.
Marie Hooghe (1947) has been awarded the Prix Scam de la Traduction Littéraire for her translations from Dutch to French.
Ten German-language publishers participate next week (19-23 January 2015) in an attractive literary and cultural programme in Antwerp and Amsterdam to discover the flourishing Dutch-language literature. The Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (DFL) organize their fourth joint publishers tour and the second one for fiction. It’s one of many events in anticipation of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016, where Flanders and the Netherlands will be joint guests of honour.
In January, Marlene Müller-Haas and Ira Wilhelm are staying in the Translators’ House. They are both literary translators into German.
Micaela van Muylem has won the Premio Teatro del Mundo 2014 for her translation of Jan Lauwers’ trilogy ‘Sad Face / Happy Face’, published by the University of Cordoba in the series ‘Papeles theatrales’. The translation was supported by the Flemish Literature Fund.
‘Panthère’, the French translation of comic artist Brecht Evens’ most recent work ‘Panter’ (originally published by Oogachtend), has been nominated for the Official Selection at the international Comics Festival in Angoulême.
50.000 copies of the comics magazine ‘Kinky & Cosy’ will be distributed in Angoulême during the International Comics Festival. The magazine is part of ‘The Kinky & Cosy Experience’, an interactive exhibition built around twins Kinky and Cosy. Their creator Nix was appointed curator by the FLF.
Stefan Hertmans has won the AKO Literature Prize 2014 for his novel War and Turpentine.
This week (10-15 November 2014) the Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (DFL) organised their third joint publishers tour. Ten foreign publishers were invited to participate in an attractive literary and cultural programme in Antwerp, Ghent and Amsterdam to familiarize themselves with the rich Dutch-language poetry repertoire from the Low Countries.
The Flemish Literature Fund has published a fresh edition of News & Views in anticipation of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 (8-12 October).
At this Frankfurt Book Fair, the FLF presents a brochure on Flemish literary classics. The selection focuses on classic fiction titles that are still more than worthy of reading and (re)publishing today.
In September (15-19 September) the Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (DFL) organised their second joint publishers tour.Ten German publishers were invited to participate in an attractive literary and cultural programme in Antwerp and Amsterdam to familiarize themselves with children's and YA literature from Flanders and the Netherlands.