‘The Low Countries Yearbook’ at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is in full swing. Flanders and the Netherlands are guests of honour at this year’s edition of the world’s most important book fair.

“This is what we share” is the motto through which Flanders and the Netherlands present themselves in Frankfurt. They share a language, a history and a rich literature and culture.

The Flemish-Dutch cultural institution Ons Erfdeel vzw, publisher of The Low Countries Yearbook. Arts and Society in Flanders and the Netherlands, is also in Frankfurt. 

You can come and visit us in Hall 5.0 - stand C76-C77. There, you can find all of our publications, including all issues of The Low Countries Yearbook since 1993.

The 2016 issue of our yearbook is devoted to Dutch literature. In five substantial essays, the 24th yearbook takes stock of the most important literary genres in the Low Countries today: poetry, prose, essays and non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature, the art of illustration, comics and graphic novels.

We sing the praises of language, the raw material of all the writers who use it. We give a platform to translators, the ultimate carriers, for they journey back and forth not only between languages but between cultures.

To round it all off we suggest a canon, a clear choice of the books that matter in Dutch literature, from an amorous eleventh-century lament to Harry Mulisch and Hugo Claus.

In this book you will also find illustrations of people reading, in all forms, attitudes and formats, caught in all sorts of places. Take and read. For this is a treasure trove.

Five hundred copies of the 2016 yearbook – probably the best guide for the Low Countries – will be distributed in Frankfurt among stakeholders.


We will officially present the 2016 yearbook about Arts and Society in Flanders and the Netherlands in Frankfurt on 20 October 2016, 12 A.M, CB Lowlands Stage – hall 5.0 C88.

The presentation will bring together Tom Lanoye (born 1958), Flemish novelist, poet and playwright, living in Antwerp and Cape Town, and Luuk van Middelaar (born 1973), Dutch political theorist and historian, living in Brussels, who wrote The Passage to Europe.

Luc Devoldere, chief editor of the yearbook, will talk to Lanoye about the article he wrote for the yearbook on his internationally renowned theatre work. To Van Middelaar he will talk about the diverging attitudes towards the European Union in Belgium and the Netherlands.


For the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016, we also embarked on an ambitious new project. We have assembled all articles about Flemish and Dutch authors featured in the previous 23 editions of the yearbook on a new website. It contains over 400 texts on the best-known and most interesting writers of Flanders and the Netherlands.

Feel free to browse! Travel stories by Cees Nooteboom or Tommy Wieringa? Poems by Joke van Leeuwen? An in-depth analysis of Stefan Hertmans’s books? Short stories by Mensje van Keulen? Refugee literature from Flanders and the Netherlands? All this and more can be found here: www.literaturefromthelowcountries.eu.

All articles are offered in open access: you can read the full texts for free.

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