Netherlands literary scene – February

Here’s our rundown of upcoming international literary events in the Netherlands for February 2019 and beyond. Events are in English unless otherwise noted. Most ask that you register; some require tickets.

  • Pop Up Poetry – a monthly spoken word event (details on the lineup and the theme TBC) on Friday, February 1, 19:00 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • Guillermo Arriaga – the Mexican author and screenwriter will present his latest novel El Salvaje (The Savage) on Saturday, February 2, 20:00 at Zaal 3, The Hague
  • Amsterdam Noir book launch – René Appel together with other contributors, will present Akashic book’s new noir anthology on Sunday, February 3, 15:00 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish (new performers welcome) on 4 February, 20:30 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • The Worlds and Works of Octavia E. Butler – a discussion of the American science-fiction novelist and short story writer’s work on Friday, February 8, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • Wine & Poetry Tasting – celebrate good wine combined with tasteful poetry on Saturday, 9 February, 17:30 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • VERSO live journal – featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and tarot readings on Sunday, 10 February, 19:00 at Mezrab, Amsterdam
  • Vanessa Hudig – exhibition of work by the artist and writer including wood block illustrations for her novel currently underway in our Level IV workshop, from 14 to 22 February, 10:00 – 19:00 daily except Mondays at MINA, Weteringschans 69, Amsterdam
  • Tommy Orange – the Native American author will be speaking about his breakout novel “There There” on Thursday, 14 February, 20:00 at the Amstelkerk, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish (new performers welcome) on 18 February, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Pulitzer Prize Lunch & Literature Series – includes lunch and a talk with the 2017 prize winner for poetry, Tyehimba Jess, on Saturday, 23 February, 12:30 at Restaurant Janz, Pulitzer Hotel, Amsterdam
  • We The People…Poetry Night – an evening of music, spoken word and, of course, poetry on Saturday, 23 February, 20:15 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish (new performers welcome) on 25 February, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Int’l Open Stage – an open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of “Black and White” on Tuesday, 26 February, 20:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • YUCA launch, a biannual bookazine devoted to art, photography, literature, and culture, launches its third issue on Wednesday, 27 February, 17:00 at Athenaeum Boekhandel, Amsterdam

March

  • Am I lovely? Of course! – three female poets discuss the ways in which they oppose stereotypes, taboos and expectations about gender, the female body and sexuality in today’s Russia on Friday, 1 March, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam. Note: programme will be in English, Russian and Dutch.
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English, French and Spanish (new performers welcome) on 4 March, 20:30, Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Word Up. Edition Fire – spoken word poetry in English on Thursday, 7 March, 19:00 at Checkpoint Charlie, Amsterdam
  • Writer’s Borrel – come mix and mingle with other writers on Thursday, 7 March, 19:30 at Cafe Lennep, Amsterdam
  • ABC Open Mic – share your poetry or story on Friday, 8 March, 18:00 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • Wine & Poetry Tasting – on International Women’s Day celebrate women, wine and poetry, Friday, 8 March, 18:30 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • Historical Debris: Collecting the leftovers of history – with novelist and essayist Dubravka Ugrešić and others on Friday, 8 March, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • KNOCK KNOCK #32 – spoken word and a live band plus vegan soul food and a DJ to round out the night on Friday, 8 March, 19:15 at Volta, Amsterdam
  • Int’l Open Stage – an open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of “Constellations” on Tuesday, 13 March, 20:00 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Writing Young Adult Fiction – a 1-day crash course on Sunday, 17 March, 10:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam

April

  • Kristen Roupenian, author of the viral short story “Cat Person” (it was read over 4.8 million times on the New Yorker website) will be speaking on Monday, 1 April, 20:00 at the Centrale Bibliotheek, Den Haag Note: Roupenian will also be speaking in Amsterdam on 2 April courtesy of the John Adams Institute (details TBA)

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19 February 2019

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