Ten German-language publishers discover Flemish and Dutch literature

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.

The tour starts in Antwerp with an opening reception in the Antwerp City Hall. In the course of their visit, the publishers will meet with several Flemish authors and publishers to get to know their work. They will repeat that activity with Dutch authors and publishers when in Amsterdam.


In between publishers meetings and authors sessions, the guest publishers (Arche Verlag, Aufbau/Blumenbar, Berlin Verlag, C. Bertelsmann Verlag, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Kein & Aber, Klett-Cotta, Nagel & Kimche, Piper and Ullstein) will be treated to cultural visits, both in Antwerp and in Amsterdam. Highlights of the tour in Antwerp are:

  • a visit to the FoMu (Museum of Photography) and M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art), where authors will present themselves and their work;
  • a meeting in our Translator’s House with four translators from Dutch in German, who will pitch an author who they think deserves to be translated into German;
  • a guided walk during which we will be chasing German traces in Antwerp.


In Amsterdam, the foreign guests will be welcomed by the DLF and at various publishing houses.


After three successful tours that already promoted adult fiction (May 2014), children's literature (September 2014) and poetry (November 2014) from the Low Countries this year, it has become clear that the publishers tour is a powerful format to warm foreign publishers to the idea of translating and publishing Dutch literature. The next and last tour for German-language publishers lined up within the context of their joint representation at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016, will take place in a couple of weeks (9-13 February) and will concentrate on promoting nonfiction.

published on: 2015-01-16

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