Hanna Bervoets writes the upcoming Book Week Gift, which will be published during the 86th Book Week. At 36, Bervoets is the youngest female author to have written the gift since Hella Haase in 1948.
Bervoets calls the writing of the short story a "long-cherished wish". "When I was asked in December, I immediately knew: this is what I am going to do. I started the next day. Rarely did I work with such energy and concentration on a story as now."
Bervoets emphasizes that the world of books is in dire straits due to the coronavirus and argues that books can offer comfort in these times. "I therefore consider it not only an honorable task, but also an important task to represent literature and our book trade next year."
Eveline Aendekerk, director of the CPNB foundation that organizes the Boekenweek, praises Bervoets' "inspiring oeuvre and sharp observations. The author wrote novels such as Lieve Céline and Alles er er er er er.
"She is one of the leading representatives of a new generation. A new generation that puts its own stamp on Dutch literature. It is therefore high time that this generation gets a prominent role in the Boekenweek", says Aendekerk.
Theme from week later revealed
In addition to novels, Bervoets also wrote several screenplays, plays, short stories and essays. Her work, published by Pluim, was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize and the Libris Literature Prize, among others.
The theme of Book Week 2021 and the writer who will work with this theme as Book Week Essayist will be revealed at a later date. The 86th Book Week will take place from March 6 to 14, 2021.
This year the gift was written by Annejet van der Zijl and the essay by Özcan Akyol.