Today it’s 20 years ago that legendary Dutch writer Annie M. G. Schmidt died (and 104 years and 1 day ago that she was born!). I defy you to find a child born in the Netherlands in the 20th century that didn’t grow up with her stories and poems, and all of us at ABC are really grateful for all the wonderful English translations available now: Jip and Janneke, Tow Truck Pluck, The Cat Who Came In Off the Roof, A Pond Full of Ink, and Scrumple (Floddertje) coming soon!
- R. I. P. Jef Geeraerts died earlier this month. This provocative Belgian doesn’t have any books currently translated into English, but he was one of our Tom’s favorite writers.
- In case you have a bit of spare cash: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” house is on the market.
- Lists! 32 Brilliant Things Every Book Lover Needs In Their Home. I’m quite partial to the Sainted Writers Prayer Candles and the Gertrude Stein. Tom Bouman, writer with a suspiciously Low Countries name, lists his Top 10 Rural Noir Novels. Bouman won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel (see below) for Dry Bones in the Valley, in case you were wondering who he is and why he gets to list a Top 10 on guardian.co.uk. 🙂 And HuffPost has 21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read. I think I’ve found my 2016 reading project…
- Awards! Congratulations to Stephen King, whose Mr. Mercedes won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel. The entire list of winners can be found here. Congratulations are also due to Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai, who won the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.
- Quiz! How well do you know your Roald Dahl characters? I scored 6/10 (I got the BFG question right though!)
- It’s not a movie, so it won’t appear in any Saw the Movie? Read the Book! posts, but those of you that fell hard for Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell would, I’m sure, love to know that a mini-series based on the book just started on BBC1.
- And finally, two images my lovely sisters sent me. I don’t know the origin of the first one, but the second one is a postcard that can be found somewhere in Germany: