Netherlands literary scene – May

Here’s our rundown of upcoming international literary events in the Netherlands for May 2019 and beyond. 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 Monthly Update.

  • Camilla Läckberg – the best-selling Swedish crime writer will be in Amsterdam speaking about her latest novel The Golden Cage on 6 May at 19:30; to learn the location you’ll need to send an email to the BookSpot (spaces are limited).
  • Bret Easton Ellis will be speaking about his first nonfiction book White on Monday, 6 May, 20:00 at the Delamar Theater, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 6 May, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Level I Creative Writing Course, Tuesday mornings – 8 weeks of inspiration and learning from 7 May – 25 June, taught by Karen Kao, 10:00 – 12:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • Willy Vlautin – the American singer-songwriter and award-winning novelist will be speaking about his latest novel Don’t Skip Out On Me on Tuesday, 7 May, 15:00 at Het Literatuurhuis, Utrecht. Note: the first hour will be in Dutch and the ticket price includes the Dutch translation of Vlautin’s novel.
  • Level I Creative Writing Course, Wednesdays – 8 weeks of inspiration and learning from 8 May – 3 July with a hiatus 29 May, taught by Megin Jimenez, 18:30 – 20:30 at the American Book Center Treehut, The Hague
  • A Flower Garden of All Kinds of Loveliness Without Sorrow – An evening of thoughts, poems, songs, and videos, convened by artist Christian Nyampeta, featuring artist Laura Nsengiyumva, composer Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, and film maker Amelia Umuhire on Friday, 10 May, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • Philip Glass – the composer will be signing copies of his autobiography Words Without Music on Saturday, 11 May, 16:00 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • Sunday Read-in – a bookshop transforms into a cozy reading den with soothing, live acoustic guitar improvisations by De Sfeermaecke on Sunday, 12 May, 13:00 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 13 May, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Siri Hustvedt – the American author will be speaking about her new novel Memories Of The Future on Monday, 13 May, 20:00 at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
  • Level I Creative Writing Course, Tuesday evenings – 8 weeks of inspiration and learning from 14 May – 2 July, taught by Rebecca Clyburn, 18:30-20:30 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Amsterdam
  • World Literatures In English faculty from the University of Amsterdam’s English Language and Culture group will be reading from and discussing texts that have influenced them on Tuesday, 14 May, 19:00 at Waterstones, Amsterdam
  • Reading and conversation with Sadia Abbas – the Pakistani writer will discuss her debut novel The Empty Room on Tuesday, 14 May, 20:00 at the University Library, Amsterdam
  • Int’l Open Stage – an open mic night with poetry, stories, songs and more in whatever language you want on the theme of “Jolly” on Tuesday, 14 May, 20:30 at ACU, Utrecht
  • LLACE’s Books that will save your life – three professors will talk about that a book that changed their entire perspective on the world on Wednesday, 15 May, 17:00 at University Library – Belle van Zuylenzaal (UB C1.13), Amsterdam
  • European Literature Night – 12 writers and poets from all over Europe will be speaking on the theme of “the library” on Thursday, 16 – 17 May at Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
  • Birds With Words The Third – an open mic night for women, trans and nonbinary folk on Thursday, 16 May, 20:00 at Vondelbunker, Amsterdam
  • ABC Open Mic – your chance to go public with your book, song or poem on Friday, 17 May, 18:00 at the American Book Center, Amsterdam
  • Mahir Guven – the award-winning French author will be discussing his new novel Grand Frère in English on Friday, 17 May, 20:00 at Kerkstraat 11, The Hague
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 20 May, 20:45 at Labyrinth, Amsterdam
  • Rosily I will Squander Myself: with Lisa Robertson and Mia You – both international poets will be reading and discussing their work on  Wednesday, 22 May, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • Word Up – Edition Maybe – Spoken word poetry in English on Thursday, 23 May, 19:00 at Checkpoint Charlie, Amsterdam
  • KNOCK KNOCK – #35 – spoken word, music and soul food on Friday, 24 May, 19:15 at Volta, Amsterdam
  • Open Mic Monday – poetry, music and stories in Dutch, English and French (new performers welcome) on Monday, 27 May, 20:45 at 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 “Peace” on Tuesday, 28 May, 20:30 at ACU, Utrecht
  • Ottessa Moshfegh – the American author will be discussing her book My Year of Rest and Relaxation on Wednesday, 29 May, 20.00 at Prinsegracht 27, The Hague
  • No Man’s Land Open Stage – poetry, spoken word, music and more on Thursday, 30 May, 19:45 at No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam
  • Hanging Out With Ghosts: On Lineage and Lingua – Mona Kareem, the Kuwait-born, New-York-based poet and translator who writes in Arabic and English, will speak about what role lineage plays in her work on Friday, 31 May, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam

JUNE

  • The First Art-Zine & Indie Selfpublishing Festival – featuring authors, artists, and independent publishers on Saturday, 1 June, 11:00 – 17:00 at Paper Fetish, Amsterdam
  • VERSO live journal – the season finale featuring poet E. Tracy Grinnell, poet and musician Malik Ameer Crumpler, writer Clementine E Burnley, and artist Kerri Rosenstein on Sunday, 9 June, 19:00 at Mezrab, Amsterdam
  • Something unearthly about today: An evening with Eileen Myles – the the internationally renowned American poet will be discussing their latest collection Evolution on Tuesday, 11 June, 20:00 at Perdu, Amsterdam
  • Poetry International Festival, featuring some of our favourite poets such as Rita Dove and Patricia Lockwood, 13-16 June, Rotterdam. Note: some of this programme will be in Dutch
  • Valeria Luiselli – the Mexican author will be discussing her new book Lost Children Archive on Wednesday, 19 June, 20:00 at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

 

10 May 2019

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