Successful London Book Fair for the FLF
The annual London Book Fair took place from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 April. It is one of the biggest professional book fairs, where some 1,500 stand holders and publishers meet to present titles and trade translation rights. True to form, the Flemish Literature Fund (FLF) was also present. Even though the international book trade is experiencing turbulent times and cuts at publishing houses are often first reflected in a reduction in the number of translated titles, the more than 60 meetings the FLF had at the fair show that the interest in Flemish literature is still growing.
This year, the Flemish Literature Fund's stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair was again flooded with foreign publishers looking for new titles fromFlanders. The interest was highly diverse in terms of genre. The Flemish Literature Fund's stand was part of the collective Flemish stand, organised by the the Association of Flemish Publishers (VUV) and Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT).
The new issue of 'News & Views' was put online.
FLF urges publishers to explore China
"Flemish fiction and children's and youth literature have great potential in China", says Koen Van Bockstal, director of the Flemish Literature Fund (FLF), following the Beijing Book Fair (BIBF), where the FLF had a stand for the second time. "We can advise publishers to seriously consider exploring the Chinese market in the coming years. Flemish quality and creativity have been making a great impression here".
FLF attends the Beijing Book Fair again
After a successful attendance at the Beijing Book Fair under the wing of guest country the Netherlands last year, the Flemish Literature Fund will be in China again this year. The Beijing Book Fair will take place from 29 August to 2 September 2012.
Successful London Book Fair
Flemish literature attracted a great deal of interest at the London Book Fair this year. In between 16 and 18 April, FLF staff had more than 50 meetings with publishers of prose, non-fiction, children's and youth literature, graphic novels and poetry.
In the past six months a few remarkable novels were published that the FLF would like to draw the attention of its foreign contacts to. Apart from four novels that are presented in 10 Books from Holland and Flanders the FLF wants to introduce two novels by rising stars of the Flemish literary world.
The Flemish Representation in Budapest has opened its new offices at Raday utca 58. This is the first foreign branch of the Flanders International Department with its own library and reading room.
On Friday evening 20 January, the Mechelen bookshop De Zondvloed was too small to contain the annual New Year's reception held by the Flemish Literature Fund (FLF). So many people turned up that the reception had to move to the larger venue of Mechelen's historic meat market, the Oude Mechelse Vleeshalle. Minister Joke Schauvliege paid tribute to Carlo Van Baelen, who is retiring after twelve years as head of the fund. His successor is Koen Van Bockstal.
Brecht Evens and Olivier 'Ollie' Schrauwen have been nominated for the 'Prix du Meilleur Album' at the Angoulême Festival. Evens stands a good chance of winning the prize for 'Les Amateurs' ('De Liefhebbers') and Schrauwen for 'Le miroir de Mowgli'. The prize will be awarded on 29 January during the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée.