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23 September 2006 – Amsterdam is offering appartments to writers in residence. In addition, the city may get a new bookstore, NRC Handelsblad reported last night.

The visiting writers will be offered an apartment at the Spui. “We want to hear foreign voices in all those debates on Dutch society”, says Henk Pröpper, director of the Foundation for Production and Translation of Dutch Literature and one of the initiators.

“The Dutch government has been saying for a long time that we have to become more internationally oriented, but in practice little is done. We are now making a first move”. The Writers’ House will open on 13 October. Last week, Flemish writer David van Reybrouck moved into one of the two apartments that are available.

While writers from ‘Greater Netherlands’ are invited first, writers from further countries will be included as well. One of the writers who have agreed to stay at the Writers’ House is Elif Shafak, who was recently acquitted in a case brought to court by Turkish nationalists.

NRC Handelsblad further reports that Huib Schreurs (former director of Paradiso) and Cees de Groot (independent book publisher) want to open a new bookstore at the Weteringschans early next year. The store is to specialise in history, war and religion. It is not to be “about tanks and esotericism but historic significance and influence”.

The initiators have sent a letter requesting support to four hundred potential funders.


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