End-of-2022 literary events in Amsterdam and beyond

2022 is coming to a close so we thought we’d give you a head’s up for literary happenings into 2023. Events are in English unless otherwise noted. Most ask that you register; some require tickets. If you’d like to receive our listing of local literary events by email, sign up for our free monthly newsletter. Here’s a selection.

  • OFF TO is a biannual, bilingual (EN/FR) magazine whose mission is to shed new light on major African cities. Issue #3 on Dar es Salaam in Tanzania will launch on 9 December 2022.
  • On that same night, Stichting Perdu presents ‘Wij zijn ik uit de ander’ / ‘We are I from the other’. This Dutch/English program features four female artists (cellist Marta González, writer Maureen Ghazal, Ollie Paterson (host), filmmaker Mónica Ruiz van Hattem & dancer Pauline Briguet) for a night of poetry, film, dance and music.
  • Mezrab’s Friday Night Storytelling is one of Amsterdam’s best hidden secrets. These tale spinners tell true, mythic, fabulous and comic stories. The soup is pretty awesome, too. Every Friday through the month of December.
  • Starting on 10 January 2023, the John Adams Institute will host its winter edition of “Banned Books.” In six weekly sessions, New York Times journalist and author Nina Siegal will discuss classics like 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird as well as newcomers like Gender Queer and excerpts from the New York Times “1619 Project”.
  • Speaking of books, if you’ve seen all the “best of 2022” lists from The New York Times, The Financial Times et al and still don’t know which book to buy next, check out the American Book Center’s Staff Picks live via YouTube on 27 January 2023.
  • The John Adams Institute will host US author Bret Easton Ellis on 30 January 2023 in Amsterdam to talk about his latest novel The Shards. Ellis will also appear, courtesy of Crossing Border, at Korzo in The Hague on 31 January.

Details and links to all events can be found at https://internationalwriterscollective.com/events/

6 December 2022

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