Herkunft: The Netherlands

Geert Mak

born in 1946, is one of the best-known publicists and most important nonfiction authors in the Netherlands. He most recently published »In America: Travels with John Steinbeck« (2012), »The Many Lives of Jan Six« (2016), and »Great Expectations« (2020). His books are international bestsellers and have been translated into more

Floortje Zwigtman

Floortje Zwigtman was born in 1974 in Terneuzen in the Netherlands, and was already a talented storyteller as a child, whose tales delighted her friends and relatives. Although she also has a passion for illustration, she decided to focus on a career as a writer. Zwigtman has to date published

Enne Koens

The Dutch children’s book author Enne Koens was born in Amsterdam in 1974. She studied acting and writing for performance at the University of the Arts in Utrecht and later writing for film and television at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound in Brussels and began publishing short

Erik Lindner

At an early age the Dutch poet Erik Lindner had already decided to devote his life to poetry. Born 1968 in The Hague, he left school at the age of fourteen and continued his education along practical lines. Almost just as soon he began his mediating work. Whether as a

Ellen Deckwitz

born in Deventer, Netherlands, in 1982. The Spoken Word Poet has been touring international stages since 2000. In 2009 she won the Dutch Poetry Slam Championship and other literary awards (including Meander Dichtprijs) Deckwitz is also a member of Asfaltfeën, a band in which she combines poetry, Rap, Dubstep, Electro

Connie Palmen

Connie Palmen was born in Sint Odiliënberg in the south of Holland in 1955. After receiving pedagogical training she studied philosophy and Dutch literature in Amsterdam, completing her studies with a thesis on Cees Nooteboom in 1986. Her first novel, »De Wetten« (1991; Eng. »The Laws«, 1992) – about a

Bregje Hofstede

Bregje Hofstede was born in 1988 in the Dutch city of Ede. She studied art history and romance studies in Utrecht, Paris and Berlin, receiving a master’s degree in 2012 in research, which prepares students in The Netherlands for a career as a research associate or serves as the final

Bibi Dumon Tak

born in Rotterdam in 1964, is an author of children’s and young adult literature. She studied Dutch literature at the University of Utrecht and published her first book, »Het koeienboek« (tr: The Cow Book), in 2001. Because of her love for animals, many of her books focus on them and

Bette Westera

Bette Westera was born in 1958 in the Dutch town of Velp. At the age of 14 she moved with her parents to Leiden. Having decided to become a teacher, she initially studied pedagogy, but then switched to psychology and worked from 1991 to 2003 as part of a social


Bernlef (formerly also known as J. Bernlef) was born Henrik Jan Marsman in 1937 in Sint Pancras, a village north of Alkmaar, in The Netherlands. After obtaining his high school diploma in 1955, he worked in a bookshop until he was drafted for military service. His first poems were published

Auke Hulst

born in 1975 in Hoogezand-Sappemeer, is a writer, journalist and musician. His work has appeared in various newspapers since 1998. He is the author of five novels, two travel books and the initiator of the essay collection »Wenn das so weitergeht« (2017), in which twenty authors critically address the issue

Arnon Grünberg

Arnon Grunberg was born in 1971 in Amsterdam. He comes from a German-Jewish family. He grew up in Amsterdam and got kicked out of high school when he was seventeen. He started his own publishing company and debuted at age 23 with the novel »Blauwe maandagen« (1994; Eng. »Blue Mondays«,