zaterdag 22 maart 2014

Book week

This is Tommy Wieringa (1967), a dutch writer who had a lecture in Almere last week.
In the Netherlands the "Boekenweek) (book week) is an anual "week" of ten days dedicated to Dutch literature. It is held in March since 1932. Each Boekenweek has a theme. The beginning of the Boekenweek is marked by the Boekenbal (book ball), a gathering that is attented by writers and publishers. Events are held across the country during this week, such as book signing sessions, literary festivals and debates.

A well-known writer, usually Dutch or Flemish, is asked to write a book, usually a novella, called the "Book week gift". This Book gift is given by book shops upon the purchase of books in the Dutch language. 
This is the book gift of this year and you see the name of the writer in the first picture as well. The title is "A beautiful young woman" and is about a mariage of an eldery man with a young woman.
With this book it is possible to travel for free with the train on the last sunday of the book week. No ticket is needed, you only have to show your booklet. We have done that several times and it is a great succes.

I had my booklet signed by the author!

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  1. A wonderfully creative idea to spread the love of literature. The addition of a free train ride certainly is unique!!

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  2. What a wonderful incentive to encourage folk to participate in book week Marianne..

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  3. Ik wist niet dat de boekenweek al zo lang bestond.
    Leuke nieuwe headerfoto!

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  4. oooooohhh, how cool!!!
    i didnt get the book... :( i did read several books of him and liked most of them. did you read this one already?

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    1. No I didn't yet read this one, but Tommy told us a lot about it and read some parts.It is a sad mariage I think with no happy end....

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  5. What a great idea! Interesting that others have joined in as the transportation system.

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  6. I would really enjoy something like this!

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  7. Dearest Marianne,
    That is such a lovely tradition and I LOVE the picture with the title! Can appreciate that as I too was such a young(er) woman...
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. This story has no happy end I am afraid.....

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  8. How great is that - spreading the word, "Book Week", meeting the author, having your book signed and travelling free transportation - sadly, our Country is far behind yours. In my little town, so far away, I will never meet an Author. What a lovely day this was Marianne :)

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  9. so interesting about the train tickets. Hm!
    I think it's wonderful to encourage books once again. Too much time is spent with people with their noses buried in their phones!

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  10. Greeting from a blogger, who works in a bookshop.
    Great event this!
    Nice.

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