Newsletter 6

Fall must be the busiest season for literature! Hence, a lot to report on in this newsletter: from the Flemish Literature Fund's presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair to the winners of some very important literary prizes that were awarded in the low countries in the past two months. In addition, we don't fail to mention a couple of promising nominations.


As celebrates its 10th anniversary and two more Flemish poets are being introduced on Poetry International Web (PIW), here's a toast to poetry all over the world!


Recently published: 'A Literary History of the Low Countries'
Coming soon: 'Slaap' by Annelies Verbeke in Arabic
On the agenda: Willy Linthout to attend London Comica Festival
In the picture: Erwin Mortier
In the media: 'Regarder le soleil' by Anne Provoost

Erwin Mortier wins AKO Literature Prize 2009
On 10 November, Flemish author Erwin Mortier received the prestigious AKO Literature Prize for 'Godenslaap' (Divine sleep). The novel, published by De Bezige Bij, in which an old lady look backs on her life, ties the great history of the First World War to the lives of ordinary people. It balances ...
Simone Lenaerts winner Debut Prize 2009
Simone Lenaerts wins the Debut Prize 2009 for her novel 'Zeewater is zout, zeggen ze' (Seawater's salt, they say), published by De Geus. yearly awards the Debut Prize to the best Flemish literary debut in adult fiction. Lenaerts will receive the prize during the opening ceremony of the ...
Peter Verhelst and ‘The secret of the nightingale's throat' win Gouden Griffel Award
On 6 October, Peter Verhelst received the Gouden Griffel 2009 for 'The secret of the Nightingale's throat'. The Gouden Griffel is one of the most important literary prizes for children's books in the Low Countries. It is awarded to the best Dutch-language children's book of the past ...
Stefan Brijs nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
'The Angel Maker', the English translation of 'De engelenmaker' by Stefan Brijs, figures on the longlist for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. This is the largest and most international award of its kind. Libraries from all over the world may nominate novels from any ...
Annelies Verbeke nominated for BNG New Literature Prize
Annelies Verbekemade the shortlist of the BNG Nieuwe Literatuur Prijs (BNG New Literature Prize). The Flemish author is nominated for her recent novel 'Vissen Redden' (Saving fish), a story about heartache. The main character is depressed and decides to break with the past when her boyfriend leaves ...
Good times for Flemish titles in Frankfurt
The 61st edition of the Frankfurter Buchmesse introduced China as guest-of-honour with 'Tradition and Innovation' as a headline. New market evolutions such as digitalization were the centre of focus. The economic crisis was less tangible than last year. Foreign publishers purchased Flemish titles ...
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