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 …

Priest Publishes ‘Controversial’ Autobiography

Priest Publishes ‘Controversial’ Autobiography

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This past Sunday, Pierre Valerking was a man of the hour, celebrating twenty-five years in the priesthood. However, he took this opportunity to reveal his autobiography, titled Ontkleed Niet Naakt Staan (Do Not Undress Naked) which details his experiences as a gay man who became endowed with the Church while still struggling with his sexuality.   The Netherlands Times wrote that “[w]earing a pink robe, which he was allowed to wear because the color is part of the fourth Sunday of Lent, the fifty-seven-year-old priest criticized the silence that reigns around homosexuality in the church,” while Dutch News wrote that Valerking “told the congregation about his visits …