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  • Charles Lewinsky in gesprek met Maria Vlaar

    Charles Lewinsky on his latest novel Half Beard and the art of storytelling.

    With: Charles Lewinsky, Elly Schippers, Maria Vlaar, Myron Hamming

    Charles Lewinsky, known for his novel The Fate of the Meijer Family, is a storyteller pur sang. His latest novel Halfbeard (Halbbart, translated by Elly Schippers)is an ode to the art of storytelling.

    Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Charles Lewinsky was unable to participate in this program. Nevertheless, it was a wonderfully beautiful and inspiring evening, thanks in part to Maria Vlaar, Elly Schippers, Myron Hamming, and Meridiaan Uitgevers!

    In this episode of the Writers Series, Maria Vlaar discussed with Elly Schippers, the translator of the novel Halfbeard, how the translation of this novel came about and how manipulative fiction can be. Because a good story is often believed more than the truth. In these times of fake news, this topic is super relevant.

    Maria Vlaar
    is a writer, publicist and interviewer. She is a reviewer for Belgian daily newspaper De Standaard, writes the biography of author Joost Zwagerman and was awarded the J.M.A. Biesheuvel Prize for her debut, the short stories collection Diepe aarde (Deep Earth).

    Myron Hamming, contemporary storyteller and poet, reads from his work. In 2023, he made his debut with Je droomt het niet zomaar. He has spoken and written on behalf of organizations such as NPO, Unicef, the Dutch government, AFAS Edisons, Humberto Tan, and the Royal House.

    'How Halfbeard came to us nobody can say, overnight he was just there. Some think they know for sure that they saw him for the first time on Palm Sunday, others insist it was on Good Friday. This has even once led to a brawl.'
    From: Halfbeard, Charles Lewinsky

    'Lewinsky shows us with sheer exuberant creativity how fatally and incorrigibly man repeatedly gives free rein to the inner devil.' Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    This Writers Series program is in English.
    After the event, there will be a book sale by De Vries Van Stockum, along with an opportunity for book signing.
    Programme curated by Ilonka Reintjens (Writers Unlimited)

    This program is made possible in part by Gemeente Den Haag and Nederlands Letterenfonds

    Writers Series:
    Charles Lewinsky on his latest novel Halfbeard and the art of storytelling.
    Woensdag 20th March 2024, 20:30-22:00h
    Centrale Bibliotheek Podium B, Spui 68 2511 BT The Hague

    Writers Unlimited organises the Writers Unlimited International Literature Festival The Hague every year in January (next up: January 2025) and monthly Writers Series programmes throughout the year at various locations in The Hague, including the Central Public Library (Centrale Bibliotheek) The Hague. The festival, featuring more than 100 writers, poets, spoken word artists and musicians from the Netherlands and abroad, will take place over four days at venues including Theater aan het Spui, Filmhuis Den Haag, Paard, Koninklijke Schouwburg, neighbourhood libraries, Hague universities and secondary schools.