Do You Know About Boekenweek, the Bookworm’s Dream Festival?

Do You Know About Boekenweek, the Bookworm’s Dream Festival?

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Do you know about Boekenweek? Image Via World Editions.org   Held annually in March since 1932, Boekenweek (Book Week) is an event in the Netherlands dedicated to literature where writers and publishers gather across the country for book signing sessions, literary festivals, and debates. Traditionally, a well-known Dutch author writes a special novel called a Boekenweekgeschenk (book week gift) that is given out for free to people who buy books during the festivities or signs up to a library.   Image Via Goodreads   Fun fact: In 2001, the Boekenweekgeschenk was Salman Rushdie’s Fury, which was translated into Dutch and …

Belgium Monks Make Beer History with Recipe from Lost 1700s Book!

Belgium Monks Make Beer History with Recipe from Lost 1700s Book!

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According to The Guardian, Father Karel Stautemas, “in the presence of the town’s mayor and 120 journalists and enthusiasts,” made a startling announcement.   Image Via Cactus Hugs The abbey, which Reuters notes has a phoenix emblem ‘with the Latin motto ‘Ardet nec consumitur’, meaning ‘Burned but not destroyed’,” was burned down in 1798 by French secular revolutionaries. As a result, the 12th century recipe was thought to be lost, but turns out the recipe, along with 300 others books, had been smuggled out and hidden within ancient archives. Thus, Father Karel Stautemas told the awaiting crowd that, after “four years of …