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Aiko Solovkine Alain Berenboom Alicja Gescinska Aliénor Debrocq Almudena Grandes André Letria Andy Fierens Annelies Beck Annie Ernaux Antoine Boute Arash Chakeri Astrid Roemer Aura Xilonen Aurélia Deschamps Benno Barnard Bertrand Belin Bregje Hofstede Carmien Michels Caroline Lamarche Céline Minard Christophe Van Gerrewey Christophe Vekeman Connie Palmen Dag Solstad Dimitri Verhulst Dorthe Nors Dulce Maria Cardoso Ece Temelkuran Emilie Plateau Emily Short Emmanuel Noblet Erika Fatland Eugène Savitzkaya Eve Bonfanti Fawzia Zouari Fikry El Azzouzi Flore Balthazar François De Smet Frank Furedi Geert van Istendael Geneviève Casterman Gerard Herman Halfdan Pisket Heleen Debruyne Herman Koch Isabelle Wéry Ivan Jablonka Jean-Baptiste Del Amo Jean-Marc Ceci Jeroen Olyslaegers Jeroen Theunissen Joost Vandecasteele José Eduardo Agualusa Joy (Gioia Kayaga) Juan Gabriel Vásquez Judith Vanistendael Laurence Vielle Léonie Bischoff Lies Van Gasse Lieven De Cauter Lionel Shriver Maartje Wortel Magdalena Tulli Marcus Malte Marek Šindelka Maud Vanhauwaert Max de Radiguès Maylis de Kerangal Meg Jayanth Mélanie Rutten Michael Bijnens Mikhail Zygar Milady Renoir Milan Warmoeskerken Nathalie Skowronek Négar Djavadi Niña Weijers Olivier Cornil P.F. Thomése Patrick Declerck Paul Auster Peter Holvoet-Hanssen Peter Vandenberghe Peter Verhelst Randall Casaer Rebekka de Wit Rosa Montero Ruth Lasters Saskia De Coster Scale Shamisa Debroey Simone van Saarloos Sofi Oksanen Sukina Abdul Noor Thomas Gunzig Timothy Nouzak Tinneke Beeckman Toon Tellegen Tristan Garcia Trui Chielens Veronika Mabardi Véronique Bergen Wide Vercnocke
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24.03 friday
20:15 – 22:00
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Ouverture Passa Porta Festival : ‘How to Read the World ?’
With Ece Temelkuran, Négar Djavadi & Juan Gabriel Vásquez
EN, FRInterview

Much to his regret Paul Auster has had to cancel his visit to Brussels because of health issues. For the opening night of the Passa Porta Festival three writers will now take the stage in Flagey, discussing literature and politics: ‘How to Read the World?’. The Turkish Ece Temelkuran, the Franco-Iranian Négar Djavadi and the Colombian Juan Gabriel Vásquez, have recently published books offering a sharp understanding of the contemporary world. This exceptional evening resembles the Passa Porta Festival: it is multilingual, international and in touch with contemporary issues.

Interview: Annelies Beck, Nathalie Skowronek

with Ece Temelkuran Juan Gabriel Vásquez Nathalie Skowronek Négar Djavadi and Annelies Beck

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Ece Temelkuran (b. 1973) is an author, journalist and political commentator. She writes for The Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique, among others. She tackles subjects that are considered very controversial in Turkey, such as the Kurdish and Armenian questions, the women’s movement, and the question of political prisoners. In 2015 she was writer in residence at Passa Porta. In 2016 she released Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy.

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Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez (b. 1973) studied in Paris and then lived in Belgium and Barcelona before settling in his native country. Vasquez is one standard bearer of the new Latin American Boom. He broke through internationally with The Sound of Things Falling. His work has been translated into more than 28 languages and earned several awards, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the PEN English Award. 

© Aline Frisch

By her own admission, Nathalie Skowronek entered literature ‘belatedly’ with Karen et moi, a novel that pays tribute to Karen Blixen. It was followed by the very personal Max, en apparence, the history of her grandfather, who survived Auschwitz. In 2015 her brief essay La Shoah de Monsieur Durand drew a lot of attention. In it she describes how the fourth generation of Jews after Auschwitz is dealing with the question of memory. In March 2017 she releases Un monde sur mesure.

Philippe Matsas/Opale/Leemage/Editions Liana Levi

Born in Tehran in 1969, Négar Djavadi fled Iran ten years later to join her father in exile in Paris. After studying in Brussels at Insas, she taught film at Paris VIII and as a director saw her work selected for many festivals. In her first novel, Désorientale (2016), she relates the destiny of an Iranian family across three generations through the souvenirs of her heroine, Kimiâ Sadr.

Annelies Beck (b. 1973) is a political journalist, writer and presenter for Terzake, among others. De Geus has published her novel Over het kanaal, based on the life of her great-grandfather in Glasgow during the First World War. Beck’s second novel, Tœkomstkoorts, will be released in 2017.

organized by Passa Porta Flagey

25.03 saturday
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Halfdan Pisket, Mélanie Rutten & Wide Vercnocke
Graphic Reporters
Illustration

Passa Porta dispatches three unique illustrators for an artistic visual reportage. Over the weekend they will make their way through the festival programme and record what they see and experience.

with Halfdan Pisket Mélanie Rutten Wide Vercnocke

© Tommi Rønnqvist

Danish cartoonist and illustrator Halfdan Pisket (b. 1986) graduated in 2009 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Pisket was the first cartoonist to receive an author’s working grant from the Danish Arts Council. His international breakthrough came with a trilogy about the life of his Turkish father.

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Born in 1974 in Belgium, Mélanie Rutten began her career with Mitsu. In 2013 she published the acclaimed The Rabbit and the Shadow. Alternating between drawing and collage, her graphic universe, accessible to children and adults, emerges out of crayons, felt pens and walnut stain, scissors, black-and-white photos, and cut-out papers … She conducts writing and illustration workshops for all ages.

© Athos Burez

Wide Vercnocke (b. 1985) graduated in 2010 from Sint-Lukas Brussel with a master’s in illustration/cartoon. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator for Focus Knack and Bruzz, among others. In 2013 he published the acclaimed debut comic, Mijn muze ligt in de zetel, followed in 2014 by his second album, Wildvlees, and in 2016 by Narwal.

organized by Passa Porta Danish Cultural Institute

10:00 – 17:00
festival! Kids
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Studio Transbook
NL, FR, ENWorkshopKids6+

A library, exhibition and workshop in which everyone from age 6, freely or accompanied, can set to work on paper sculptures, storyboards, poster design, haiku, bookmarks and so much more. Art Basics for Children lets you play with language, story, image and the many possible combinations between both.

organized by Passa Porta ABC Transbook

10:00 – 17:00
festival! Kids
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Story Jukebox
NL, FR, ENInstallationKids2+

This unique jukebox is a soundproof hut in which you can choose a picture book that will be read out by a voice-over narrator. The illustrations are projected onto a screen. The stories are available in different languages. 

organized by Passa Porta Le Wolf

10:00 – 17:40
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The Quiet Volume
Concept : Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells
NL, FR, ENPerformance

Take a seat beside your partner – whether a friend or stranger – in the reading room of the library. Together you follow written or whispered instructions in order to work your way through a mountain of books in a surprising manner. Booking recommended: festival@passaporta.be. Duration: 1 hour. Starts every 20 minutes. 2 participants per session.

organized by Passa Porta Kaaitheater Muntpunt

10:00 – 19:30
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Out of Sight
Virtual Reality
NL, EN, DUInstallation

A hand-drawn virtual-reality environment that immerses the viewer into the world of nine-year-old Lena and her father. Choose the head you want to crawl into. Based on a script by author Jaap Robben. Developed for the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, with Flanders and the Netherlands as Guest of Honour.

organized by Passa Porta deBuren Nederlands Letterenfonds Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie Nederlands Ministerie van Onderwijs Cultuur en wetenschap Nederlands Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst

11:00 – 12:00
festival! Kids
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Tout en vert !
FRReadingWorkshopKids1,5 +

The music of words and the music of instruments combine to tickle our ears. Using the violin, the ‘sansula’ and other strange instruments, Anaïs will take you on a journey to the land of images, notes and sounds.

organized by Passa Porta Le Wolf

14:00 – 00:00
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Writers' Portraits
NL > FRFRFilm

Take a breather in the Beursschouwburg, the festival centre, and get to know a varied selection of Belgian writers in short film portraits about their life and work.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg Off World Promotion des Lettres Livrés à domicile

14:00 – 00:00
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Gamezone
NL, EN, DE, FRInstallationGame

Settle in a comfortable armchair, pick up an iPad and try out some brand new literary games. 

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg PILEn Nederlands Letterenfonds Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie Nederlands Ministerie van Onderwijs Cultuur en wetenschap Nederlands Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

14:00 – 00:00
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BartleBar

The Beurscafé will be called the BartleBar for the occasion – an allusion to Melville’s Bartleby, the clerk who ‘would prefer not to’. The perfect place to read, write, listen to authors and musicians … or simply do nothing at all. On Saturday evening (18:00-20:00) and Sunday lunchtime (12:00-14:00), AUB-SVP will prepare delicious meals for the bold: choose your dish according to your literary tastes! All dishes are vegetarian.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

14:00 – 15:00
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Balade littéraire
Guide: Jan Dorpmans
FRWalk

Take a walk through the heart of Brussels. Learn local anecdotes and visit unique sites in the city as you immerse yourself in the world of literature.Tolstoi, Maeterlinck and Gilkin, among others, will feature on the tour.

with Jan Dorpmans

Jan Dorpmans is a city guide for, among others, Klare Lijn (http://www.klarelijn.be/).

organized by Passa Porta

14:00 – 17:00
festival! Kids
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Create a Fanzine
With Sarah Cheveau
FR, NLWorkshopIllustrationKids6+

Come and discover the bilingual Brussels fanzine for children and take part in the creation of a collective Mini Cuistax. After choosing a theme, we will form an editorial board, share out the columns, write the games, the stories, the interviews, the recipes, and draw the poster and the cover!

organized by Passa Porta Le Wolf

14:30 – 15:30
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Caroline Lamarche
BXL Universel
FRGuided tour

Writer Caroline Lamarche gives a personal tour of the exhibition BXL UNIVERSEL, a subjective portrait of the Belgian and European capital by contemporary artists.

with Caroline Lamarche

© Estelle Michiels

Caroline Lamarche is one of Belgium’s most famous French-speaking authors. Her debut novel Le jour du chien (1996) won the Prix Victor Rossel. Her latest novel is La mémoire de l'air (2014), and this year she will release Dans la maison un grand cerf.

organized by Passa Porta Centrale for contemporary art

15:00 – 15:15
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Aura Xilonen
The Cosmic Collection
ENInterviewBook signing

Muntpunt and Passa Porta are launching a probe into the furthest regions of space. Only the very best of humanity will get a place on board. What astoundingly good books, films and records get to go? Lies Steppe asks Aura Xilonen.  

Book signing Auro Xilonen: Sat 16:30, Passa Porta Bookshop

with Aura Xilonen and Lies Steppe

© Andrés Lobato

The Mexican author Aura Xilonen (b. 1995) was already a much-acclaimed film-maker, and has now impressed readers with her debut novel The Gringo Champion. The jury praised ‘the mature form of a novel that plays with language on several levels’. Xilonen writes about immigration in a style that is both original and experimental.

Lies Steppe is a radio host on Klara. She has been presenting Jazz Middelheim for the past ten years and has also released two albums with her group, Steppe. Last summer, together with Christophe Vekeman, she presented the series Hillbilly Fever on Klara.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek Embassy of Mexico in Brussels

15:00 – 15:30
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Peter Holvoet-Hanssen & Antoine Boute
Poetrymobile
NL, FRPerformancePoetry

In an old Citroën fitted with a sound installation on the roof, Peter Holvoet-Hanssen unfolds his Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry. Together with poet Antoine Boute, he steeps the Brussels city centre in poems. They make a stop on the Oude Graanmarkt/Vieux Marché aux Grains. 

with Antoine Boute Peter Holvoet-Hanssen

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Antoine Boute (b. 1978) is one of the most iconic representatives of experimental poetry in Belgium. His multifaceted work is characterized by a striking singularity, an identity that is both personal and hybrid, mutant, worrisome, exciting. A philosopher, writer, sound poet, practitioner of pornolettrisme, conceptual prophet and naturalist, he also practises graphic poetry, collective writing and collaborative undertakings, besides being an events organizer. 

© Patrick De Spiegelaere

Writer and poet Peter Holvoet-Hanssen (b. 1960) is one of the most colourful figures of Flemish poetry. He has won many prizes for his poetry collections, from the Debuutprijs to the Cultuurprijs of the Flemish Community. In 2014 he published ‘music-box poems’ in Miavoye, a tribute to Paul Van Ostaijen. His Gedichten voor de kleine reus were published in 2016, and in 2017 he released Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry.

organized by Passa Porta

15:00 – 16:00
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Léonie Bischoff & Lies Van Gasse
Graphic Daredevils
NL, FRPerformanceIllustration

Illustrators Lies Van Gasse and Léonie Bischoff aren’t afraid to take risks to reveal to you the ultimate truth. Go and ask one of them your most pressing question. The long-awaited answer will be yours within just a few minutes.

with Léonie Bischoff Lies Van Gasse

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Born in Geneva in 1981, Léonie Bischoff graduated from Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels. In 2009 she broke through with a  first graphic story in an anthology entitled Phantasmes. Her first comic strip, Princesse Suplex, portrays a young woman who works in an office during the week and as a wrestler at the weekends. In 2014 she illustrated the cartoon adaptations of Camilla Läckberg’s The Ice Princess and The Preacher, in collaboration with the screenwriter Olivier Bocquet.

© Annemarie Estor

Lies van Gasse (b. 1983) is a poet, visual artist and teacher. She has written the collections Hetzelfde gedicht steeds weer, Brak de waterdrager and Wenteling. Van Gasse presents herself with hybrids of poetry and pictures. She surprised readers with the graphic poems Sylvia, Waterdicht and Zand op een Zeebed. In 2016 she published the graphic novel Nel, een zot geweld with Peter Theunynck. That same year she released Exodus, a graphic poem based on the eponymous cycle by H.C. Pernath.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

15:00 – 17:00
festival! Kids
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Si j'étais un livre...
Family Workshop with André Letria
FRWorkshopBook signingKids8+

A playful and creative workshop on how to invent surprising word-and-image combinations, under the supervision of André Letria. This Portuguese illustrator and his father José Jorge are the authors of If I were a book …, a wonderful picture book that invites its reader to search for the many shapes a book can take. For max. 12 children and parents. Reservation advised: mail@abc-web.be

with André Letria

© Joana Berrones

André Letria (b. 1973) is a famous Portuguese illustrator and publisher of mainly children’s books. His work has been translated into several languages and won the Gulbenkian Award and the Portuguese Illustration Award. Titles include The Moon Has Written You a Poem (with José Jorge Letria), Run, Pumpkin, Run (with Eva Mejuto) and If I Were a Book (with José Jorge Letria).

organized by Passa Porta ABC Transbook

15:30 – 15:45
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Erika Fatland
The Cosmic Collection
ENInterview

Muntpunt and Passa Porta are launching a probe into the furthest regions of space. Only the very best of humanity will get a place on board. What astoundingly good books, films and records get to go? Lies Steppe asks Erika Fatland.

with Erika Fatland and Lies Steppe

© Reineord

The Norwegian writer and anthropologist Erika Fatland (b. 1983) speaks seven languages and has lived in a wide range of countries. Her latest book Sovjetistan (Kagge Forlag, 2014), is a travelogue through the five former Soviet states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In 2016 Fatland was selected by the European platform Literary Europe Live as one of the 10 New Voices from Europe.

Lies Steppe is a radio host on Klara. She has been presenting Jazz Middelheim for the past ten years and has also released two albums with her group, Steppe. Last summer, together with Christophe Vekeman, she presented the series Hillbilly Fever on Klara.

organized by Passa Porta Norwegian Embassy in Brussels Muntpunt NORLA Uitgeverij De Geus

15:30 – 16:30
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Ece Temelkuran on Turkey
In conversation with Inge Vrancken
ENInterview

With Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy, political journalist and novelist Ece Temelkuran has written an incisive book on the social, cultural and political crisis in her country. She discusses the subject with Inge Vrancken, editor-in-chief of Het Journaal (VRT) and Middle East expert.

with Ece Temelkuran and Inge Vrancken

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Ece Temelkuran (b. 1973) is an author, journalist and political commentator. She writes for The Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique, among others. She tackles subjects that are considered very controversial in Turkey, such as the Kurdish and Armenian questions, the women’s movement, and the question of political prisoners. In 2015 she was writer in residence at Passa Porta. In 2016 she released Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy.

organized by Passa Porta Café Rits

15:30 – 16:30
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Maylis de Kerangal
Panoplie littéraire par Jean-Baptiste Gendarme
FRInterview

Drawing on his column in the review of contemporary literature Décapage, Jean-Baptiste Gendarme asks the author to present her literary arsenal, a presentation composed of texts, photos and documents.

with Maylis de Kerangal and Jean-Baptiste Gendarme

© Catherine Hélie

Born in 1967, Maylis de Kerangal worked as an editor at Le Baron perché and for a long time at Gallimard. Verticales has published five of her novels, including Corniche Kennedy, Birth of a Bridge (2010, Prix Médicis) and Mend the Living, (2014, adapted by Katell Quillévéré). She is also the author of a collection of short stories and a novella, Tangente vers l’est (2012). Since then she has published À ce stade de la nuit (2014) and Un chemin de table (2016).

Jean-Baptiste Gendarme (b. 1978 in Reims) published his first five books with Gallimard. In 2014 he released Splendeurs et misères de l'aspirant écrivain. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the literary review Décapage.
 

organized by Passa Porta La Bellone

15:30 – 16:30
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Jean-Baptiste Del Amo & Marcus Malte
In Conversation with Ysaline Parisis
FRInterviewBook signing

The first is the author of Règne animal, the second of Le garçon. Two novels that drew a lot of attention upon their release. A same vital, (almost) animalistic force unites both books. This is the first time the two authors will meet.

with Jean-Baptiste Del Amo Marcus Malte and Ysaline Parisis

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Jean-Baptiste Del Amo’s talent was immediately recognized with his first novel, Une éducation libertine. A finalist for the Prix Goncourt, it ultimately won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman. It was followed by Le Sel and Pornographia. In September 2016 the French writer, a vegan, struck again with Règne animal, the story of a family business destined to become a factory farm.

© Raphael Gaillarde

Marcus Malte is an unclassifiable author. After dabbling in jazz and rock, he debuted in literature with a crime novel, Le Doigt d’Horace. It was followed by three thrillers: Carnage, constellation, Garden of Love and Les Harmoniques. But Marcus Malte has also written short stories, comic strips, books for children and young adults, and more. His latest book, Le Garçon, a wonderful novel that relates the tale of an almost savage being that discovers humans, rightly won the 2016 Prix Femina.

A journalist and literary critic, Ysaline Parisis writes for Focus and Le Vif/L’Express, where she is in charge of the cultural department. She collaborates regularly with RTBF and Passa Porta.
 

organized by Passa Porta La Bellone

15:30 – 16:30
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Literaire stadswandeling
Guide: Jan Dorpmans
NLWalk

Take a walk through the heart of Brussels. Learn local anecdotes and visit unique sites in the city as you immerse yourself in the world of literature. Van de Woestijne, Maeterlinck and Tolstoy, among others, will feature on the tour.

with Jan Dorpmans

Jan Dorpmans is a city guide for, among others, Klare Lijn (http://www.klarelijn.be/).

organized by Passa Porta

15:30 – 16:30
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Ruth Lasters & Eugène Savitzkaya
Translators' Collective
FR, NLReadingInterviewBook signing

For years already the Translators’ Collective of Passa Porta has been looking into the work of Flemish and Belgian French-speaking poets. Two of them, Ruth Lasters (Lichtmeters) and Eugène Savitzkaya (À la cyprine), read aloud and exchange thoughts with their translators of the collective, represented by Pierre Geron and Katelijne De Vuyst.

with Eugène Savitzkaya Ruth Lasters and Piet Joostens

© Marie André

Eugène Savitzkaya (b. 1955) is one of Belgium’s most important and original French-speaking authors, famous for Marin mon cœur and Exquise Louise, among others. During the previous Passa Porta Festival he presented his novel Fraudeur (Prix Rossel 2015) and the poetry collection À la cyprine (2015), both published by Editions de Minuit. Savitzkaya also often works with the Brussels theatre company Transquinquennal.

© Koen Broos

Ruth Lasters (b. 1979) writes poetry, columns and novels. Her poetry collection Vouwplannen won the 2009 debut prize awarded by Het Liegend Konijn. In 2015 she won the joint Turingprijs. Her second collection, Lichtmeters, won the 2016 Herman de Coninckprijs and was nominated for the 2017 VSB Poëzieprijs. Besides writing, she works as a care coordinator in Borgerhout.

Piet Joostens (b. 1972) is a writer, translator and programme manager at Passa Porta. Recent publications include Over de vriend (2012) and Vaarwel en beste wensen: Poëzie en polemieken van Pier Paolo Pasolini (2016).

organized by Passa Porta

15:30 – 16:30
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The New Sexist Talkshow
Niña Weijers & Simone Van Saarloos
NLInterview

Niña Weijers en Simone van Saarloos gaan in hun seksistische talkshow in gesprek met schrijfsters Tinneke Beeckman, Heleen Debruyne en Rebekka De Wit, die er níet zitten omdat ze vrouw zijn.

with Heleen Debruyne Niña Weijers Rebekka de Wit Simone van Saarloos Tinneke Beeckman

© Michiel Hendryckx

Heleen Debruyne (b. 1988) debuted in 2016 with the tragicomic novel De Plantrekkers, in which different people and nationalities come together in a provincial Flemish town. She studied history and journalism, works for Radio Klara and writes columns for, among others, De Morgen and deBuren.

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© Annaleen Louwes

Niña Weijers (b. 1987) studied literature in Amsterdam and Dublin. She has written short stories and essays for various reviews and in 2010 she won the writing competition Write Now! She writes for De Groene Amsterdammer and is an editor at De Gids. In May 2014 she published her debut novel De consequenties, which won the Anton Wachterprijs.

© Ilja Keizer

Rebekka de Wit (b. 1985) is a writer, columnist and theatre-maker. Her debut novel We komen nog één wonder tekort (2016) is a witty and sad coming-of-age story. She has been the artistic director of the theatre ensemble De Tijd since 2016.

© Roger Cremers

Simone van Saarloos (b. 1990) is a Dutch writer and columnist for, among others, nrc.next, De Correspondent, Das Mag and Vrij Nederland. Together with Niña Weijers she presented in Amsterdam a monthly ‘sexist talkshow’ with women guests from the fields of art, culture, science and journalism. Her publications include the pamphlet Het monogame drama (2015) and the poetry collection Ik deug/deug niet (2015).

© Koen Broos

Tinneke Beeckman (b. 1976) is a philosopher and political commentator. She teaches at the School of Life in Antwerp founded by Alain de Botton and has published articles in, among others, De Standaard and De Morgen. In 2015 she released her book Macht en onmacht: Een verkenning van de hedendaagse aanslag op de Verlichting. On Spinoza’s thought she has published Door Spinoza’s lens (2012), among others.

organized by Passa Porta De Markten

16:00 – 16:15
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Randall Casaer
The Cosmic Collection
NLInterview

Muntpunt and Passa Porta are launching a probe into the furthest regions of space. Only the very best of humanity will get a place on board. What astoundingly good books, films and records get to go? Lies Steppe asks Randall Casaer. 

with Randall Casaer and Lies Steppe

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Randall Casaer (b. 1967) is a Belgian cartoonist-writer, poet, illustrator, cabaret director and former performer. In 2007 his cartoon debut Slaapkoppen exploded like a bomb. Since then he has released many graphic-textual gems – illustrations, comics and poems.

Lies Steppe is a radio host on Klara. She has been presenting Jazz Middelheim for the past ten years and has also released two albums with her group, Steppe. Last summer, together with Christophe Vekeman, she presented the series Hillbilly Fever on Klara.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

16:30 – 16:45
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Marek Šindelka
The Cosmic Collection
ENInterview

Muntpunt and Passa Porta are launching a probe into the furthest regions of space. Only the very best of humanity will get a place on board. What astoundingly good books, films and records get to go? Lies Steppe asks Marek Šindelka. 

with Marek Šindelka and Lies Steppe

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Marek Šindelka (b. 1984) is described as a Czech supertalent. His oeuvre consists of novels, poetry collections and a graphic novel, for which he has won several prizes. His novel Mapa Anny is a melancholy portrait of an elusive girl and a piercing cultural critique of hipsters, city marketeers and the entertainment industry.

Lies Steppe is a radio host on Klara. She has been presenting Jazz Middelheim for the past ten years and has also released two albums with her group, Steppe. Last summer, together with Christophe Vekeman, she presented the series Hillbilly Fever on Klara.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

16:30 – 17:00
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Peter Holvoet-Hanssen & Antoine Boute
Poetrymobile
NL, FRPerformancePoetry

In an old Citroën fitted with a sound installation on the roof, Peter Holvoet-Hanssen unfolds his Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry. Together with poet Antoine Boute, he steeps the Brussels city centre in poems. They make a stop on the Anspachlaan/Boulevard Anspach. 

with Antoine Boute Peter Holvoet-Hanssen

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Antoine Boute (b. 1978) is one of the most iconic representatives of experimental poetry in Belgium. His multifaceted work is characterized by a striking singularity, an identity that is both personal and hybrid, mutant, worrisome, exciting. A philosopher, writer, sound poet, practitioner of pornolettrisme, conceptual prophet and naturalist, he also practises graphic poetry, collective writing and collaborative undertakings, besides being an events organizer. 

© Patrick De Spiegelaere

Writer and poet Peter Holvoet-Hanssen (b. 1960) is one of the most colourful figures of Flemish poetry. He has won many prizes for his poetry collections, from the Debuutprijs to the Cultuurprijs of the Flemish Community. In 2014 he published ‘music-box poems’ in Miavoye, a tribute to Paul Van Ostaijen. His Gedichten voor de kleine reus were published in 2016, and in 2017 he released Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry.

organized by Passa Porta

16:30 – 17:15
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Reading of original texts
Contemporary Writing Workshop, La Cambre
Reading

Students from Contemporary Writing Workshop (La Cambre) present an extract of their work. Supervised throughout the year by Gilles Collard, Pierre Ducrozet and Nathalie Skowronek, taken in hand by numerous authors, they all work on a novel. 

organized by Beursschouwburg

16:30 – 17:30
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Flore Balthazar & Judith Vanistendael
Graphic Daredevils
NL, FRPerformanceIllustration

Illustrators Flore Balthazar and Judith Vanistendael aren’t afraid to take risks to reveal to you the ultimate truth. Go and ask one of them your most pressing question. The long-awaited answer will be yours within just a few minutes.

with Flore Balthazar Judith Vanistendael

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Illustrator and cartoonist Flore Balthazar started out with the series ‘Miss Annie’, in collaboration with Frank Le Gall. In 2015 she co-authored with Jean-Luc Cornette the beautiful album Frida Kahlo, which explores the entangled and burning destinies of the Mexican painter, her husband Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky.

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Judith Vanistendael (b. 1974) is a Brussels-based cartoonist and illustrator. In 2007 she published part one of her successful album De maagd en de neger, Papa en Sofie, followed by Deel 2, Leentje en Sofie in 2009. Three years later she published When David Lost His Voice and Pelgrim of niet, een voettocht naar Santiago de Compostela. Her most recent book is Mikel, a graphic novel in collaboration with Mark Bellido about terrorism in the Basque Country.

judithvanistendael.wordpress.com

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

17:00 – 17:15
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Simone van Saarloos
The Cosmic Collection
NLInterview

Muntpunt and Passa Porta are launching a probe into the furthest regions of space. Only the very best of humanity will get a place on board. What astoundingly good books, films and records get to go? Lies Steppe asks Simone van Saarloos. 

with Simone van Saarloos and Lies Steppe

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Simone van Saarloos (b. 1990) is a Dutch writer and columnist for, among others, nrc.next, De Correspondent, Das Mag and Vrij Nederland. Together with Niña Weijers she presented in Amsterdam a monthly ‘sexist talkshow’ with women guests from the fields of art, culture, science and journalism. Her publications include the pamphlet Het monogame drama (2015) and the poetry collection Ik deug/deug niet (2015).

Lies Steppe is a radio host on Klara. She has been presenting Jazz Middelheim for the past ten years and has also released two albums with her group, Steppe. Last summer, together with Christophe Vekeman, she presented the series Hillbilly Fever on Klara.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

17:00 – 18:00
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Ivan Jablonka
In conversation with Myriam Leroy
FRInterviewBook signing

With Laëtitia, in which he examines a news item from 2011, Ivan Jablonka opened up literature to the field of investigative journalism. A controversial book, it is also the literary tombstone of a woman crushed by men.

with Ivan Jablonka and Myriam Leroy

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Born in Paris in 1973, Ivan Jablonka teaches history at the University of Paris XIII. He has published four works on children and state care in France. In 2012 he released Histoire des grands-parents que je n’ai pas eus, on his paternal grandparents who died in Auschwitz, then in 2016 Laëtitia ou la fin des hommes (Prix Médicis). He also works as a series editor (La République des Idées for Seuil and La Vie des Idées for PUF).

A leading cultural journalist, Myriam Leroy officiates among others on La Première, where she has her own show, Coupé au montage. In 2016 she wrote her first play, Cherche l'amour, which played to full houses.
 

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

17:00 – 18:00
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Mikhail Zygar on Putin's Russia
In conversation with Peter Vermeersch
ENInterviewBook signing

In his controversial book All the Kremlin’s Men, Mikhail Zygar describes the rise to power and the ambitions of Russia’s leader. Today Mikhail Zygar is working on an independent history of Russia. A conversation about power, the freedom of the press and international politics.

with Mikhail Zygar and Peter Vermeersch

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Mikhail Zygar (b. 1981) is a Russian writer, journalist and film-maker. From 2010 to 2015 he ran the independent TV broadcaster Dozhd, which came under attack for its coverage of Ukraine. After years of threats Zygar left his homeland. His most famous book is All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin (2016), based on interviews with politicians from Putin’s entourage. Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich praised it as ‘the first consistent description of everything that has happened over the last 20 years that I have read. It is a very serious study and an opportunity to learn from first hand reports’.

Peter Vermeersch (b. 1972) is a writer and poet. As a Slavist and political scientist, he is attached to the University of Leuven. His book Ex: Over een land dat zoek is (2014) won the 2016 Literary Prize of the province of West Flanders.

organized by Passa Porta Café Rits PEN Belgique PEN België

17:00 – 18:00
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Dimitri Verhulst
In conversation with Annelies Van Herck
NLInterviewBook signing

Dimitri Verhulst talks about his travel experiences for the Dutch television programme Made in Europe. Drawing on the most diverse cultural icons, he gets to the bottom of European identity and researches the cultural DNA of our continent.

with Dimitri Verhulst and Annelies Van Herck

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Dimitri Verhulst (b. 1972) is one of the most famous writers of the Low Countries. His work has appeared in more than 20 languages and been rewarded with different literary awards. The Misfortunates sold more than 200,000 copies in Dutch. It won the Gouden Uil Publieksprijs and was made into a film. Godverdomse dagen op een godverdomse bol won the Libris Literatuurprijs. He recently released Het leven gezien van beneden.

Annelies Van Herck (b. 1975) is a Belgian news anchor and presenter at VRT. She presents Het Journaal and the current-affairs programme Koppen XL

organized by Passa Porta De Markten

17:00 – 18:00
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Randall Casaer, Lies Van Gasse, Wide Vercnocke
In conversation with Annemie Tweepenninckx
NLInterviewIllustrationPoetryBook signing

Taking pictures from their work as their starting point, three illustrators discuss the young genre of graphic poetry. A conversation about the intersections between drawing and poetry and the inseparability of language and image.

with Lies Van Gasse Randall Casaer Wide Vercnocke

© Annemarie Estor

Lies van Gasse (b. 1983) is a poet, visual artist and teacher. She has written the collections Hetzelfde gedicht steeds weer, Brak de waterdrager and Wenteling. Van Gasse presents herself with hybrids of poetry and pictures. She surprised readers with the graphic poems Sylvia, Waterdicht and Zand op een Zeebed. In 2016 she published the graphic novel Nel, een zot geweld with Peter Theunynck. That same year she released Exodus, a graphic poem based on the eponymous cycle by H.C. Pernath.

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Randall Casaer (b. 1967) is a Belgian cartoonist-writer, poet, illustrator, cabaret director and former performer. In 2007 his cartoon debut Slaapkoppen exploded like a bomb. Since then he has released many graphic-textual gems – illustrations, comics and poems.

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Wide Vercnocke (b. 1985) graduated in 2010 from Sint-Lukas Brussel with a master’s in illustration/cartoon. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator for Focus Knack and Bruzz, among others. In 2013 he published the acclaimed debut comic, Mijn muze ligt in de zetel, followed in 2014 by his second album, Wildvlees, and in 2016 by Narwal.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

17:00 – 18:00
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Sparring Translators
Charles Recoursé & Nicolas Richard, refereed by Lorent Corbeel
FRPerformanceGame

Experienced translators keen on new challenges, Charles Recoursé and Nicolas Richard were invited to translate the same English text. What problems did they face and how did they solve them? And you, which translation do you prefer?

with Lorent Corbeel Charles Recoursé Nicolas Richard

Lorent Corbeel is editor-in-chief of Karoo, an online collaborative cultural platform that comes with two biannual mooks.
 

After working in the world of publishing, Charles Recoursé (b. 1982) turned to translation full-time from 2012. He has translated David Foster Wallace, Lydia Millet, Simon Reynolds, Tao Lin and Richard Krawiec into French.
 

Nicolas Richard (b. 1963) has worked as a translator from English since 1990. He has translated Russell Hoban, Thomas Pynchon, William Kotzwinkle, Woody Allen, etc into French. In 2013 he won the Prix Maurice-Edgar Coindreau of the SGDL for Enig Marcheur, his translation of Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker.
 

organized by Passa Porta Librairie Tulitu

17:00 – 18:00
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Literary Walk
Guide: Jan Dorpmans
ENWalk

Take a walk through the heart of Brussels. Learn local anecdotes and visit unique sites in the city as you immerse yourself in the world of literature. Charlotte Brontë, Marx and Tolstoy, among others, will feature on the tour.

with Jan Dorpmans

Jan Dorpmans is a city guide for, among others, Klare Lijn (http://www.klarelijn.be/).

organized by Passa Porta

17:00 – 18:00
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Maylis de Kerangal & Emmanuel Noblet
In conversation with David Courier
FRDebateBook signing

Emmanuel Noblet’s stage adaptation of Maylis de Kerangal’s Mend the Living was a great success in France and in Belgium. The author and director will discuss the problems of adaptation.

with Emmanuel Noblet Maylis de Kerangal and David Courier

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A stage actor with fifteen years of experience playing works from the classic and contemporary repertory, he has also appeared in many screen and TV films. In 2015 he performed solo his adaptation of Maylis de Kerangal’s novel Mend the Living at the Off festival of Avignon, earning popular and critical acclaim. He was then commissioned by Mathias Enard to direct a reading-concert of the latter’s novel Boussole during the latest edition of the Rencontres Inattendues de Tournai.

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Born in 1967, Maylis de Kerangal worked as an editor at Le Baron perché and for a long time at Gallimard. Verticales has published five of her novels, including Corniche Kennedy, Birth of a Bridge (2010, Prix Médicis) and Mend the Living, (2014, adapted by Katell Quillévéré). She is also the author of a collection of short stories and a novella, Tangente vers l’est (2012). Since then she has published À ce stade de la nuit (2014) and Un chemin de table (2016).

A journalist and cultural blogger for Bx1, among others, David Courier loves literature, theatre and photography, a passion that has led him to meet many artists, whether in the TV studio or outside.
 


 

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

17:30 – 17:45
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Niña Weijers
The Cosmic Collection
NLInterview

Muntpunt and Passa Porta are launching a probe into the furthest regions of space. Only the very best of humanity will get a place on board. What astoundingly good books, films and records get to go? Lies Steppe asks Niña Weijers.

with Niña Weijers and Lies Steppe

© Annaleen Louwes

Niña Weijers (b. 1987) studied literature in Amsterdam and Dublin. She has written short stories and essays for various reviews and in 2010 she won the writing competition Write Now! She writes for De Groene Amsterdammer and is an editor at De Gids. In May 2014 she published her debut novel De consequenties, which won the Anton Wachterprijs.

Lies Steppe is a radio host on Klara. She has been presenting Jazz Middelheim for the past ten years and has also released two albums with her group, Steppe. Last summer, together with Christophe Vekeman, she presented the series Hillbilly Fever on Klara.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

17:30 – 18:30
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Christophe Van Gerrewey
BXL Universel
NLLecture

Visual artist Ana Torfs invited writer Christophe Van Gerrewey to activate her Story Generator machine and create endless ramifications. You can also visit the exhibition BXL UNIVERSEL.

with Christophe Van Gerrewey

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Christophe Van Gerrewey (b. 1982) has made a name for himself in various papers as a contrary and versatile essayist and story-writer. In 2008 he won the de Prijs voor Jonge Kunstkritiek in the ‘criticism and essay’ category. With the novel Op de hoogte (2012) he won the Debuutprijs. In 2013 he released his second novel, Trein met vertraging, and in 2015 the essay collection Over alles en voor iedereen. Van Gerrewey is an editor at DW B and at the architecture review OASE.

organized by Passa Porta Centrale for contemporary art

18:00 – 18:30
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Peter Holvoet-Hanssen & Antoine Boute
Poetrymobile
NL, FRPerformancePoetry

In an old Citroën fitted with a sound installation on the roof, Peter Holvoet-Hanssen unfolds his Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry. Together with poet Antoine Boute, he steeps the Brussels city centre in poems. They make a stop on the on the Auguste Ortsstraat/Rue Auguste Orts. 

with Antoine Boute Peter Holvoet-Hanssen

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Antoine Boute (b. 1978) is one of the most iconic representatives of experimental poetry in Belgium. His multifaceted work is characterized by a striking singularity, an identity that is both personal and hybrid, mutant, worrisome, exciting. A philosopher, writer, sound poet, practitioner of pornolettrisme, conceptual prophet and naturalist, he also practises graphic poetry, collective writing and collaborative undertakings, besides being an events organizer. 

© Patrick De Spiegelaere

Writer and poet Peter Holvoet-Hanssen (b. 1960) is one of the most colourful figures of Flemish poetry. He has won many prizes for his poetry collections, from the Debuutprijs to the Cultuurprijs of the Flemish Community. In 2014 he published ‘music-box poems’ in Miavoye, a tribute to Paul Van Ostaijen. His Gedichten voor de kleine reus were published in 2016, and in 2017 he released Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry.

organized by Passa Porta

18:00 – 18:45
My parcours
Reading of original texts
Contemporary Writing Workshop, La Cambre
Reading

Students from Contemporary Writing Workshop (La Cambre) present an extract of their work. Supervised throughout the year by Gilles Collard, Pierre Ducrozet and Nathalie Skowronek, taken in hand by numerous authors, they all work on a novel. 

18:00 – 19:00
My parcours
Randall Casaer & Emilie Plateau
Graphic Daredevils
NL, FRPerformanceIllustration

Illustrators Randall Casaer and Emilie Plateau aren’t afraid to take risks to reveal to you the ultimate truth. Go and ask one of them your most pressing question. The long-awaited answer will be yours within just a few minutes.

with Emilie Plateau Randall Casaer

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After studying at the Beaux-Arts de Montpellier, Emilie Plateau settled in Brussels, drawn by Belgian comic strips. Notebook in hand, she jotted down everyday events and drew a sociological portrait of the world that surrounds us. In a first publication, Comme un plateau (2012), Emilie Plateau portrays her discovery of Belgium. In 2016 she teamed up with Juliette Saumande to publish the book-game De ville en ville.

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Randall Casaer (b. 1967) is a Belgian cartoonist-writer, poet, illustrator, cabaret director and former performer. In 2007 his cartoon debut Slaapkoppen exploded like a bomb. Since then he has released many graphic-textual gems – illustrations, comics and poems.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

18:30 – 19:30
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Fawzia Zouari
In conversation with Vanessa Herzet
FRInterviewBook signing

Fawzia Zouari, a Tunisian writer and journalist, was the 2016 laureate of the prestigious Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie, of which Passa Porta is the Belgian partner.

with Fawzia Zouari and Vanessa Herzet

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Born in 1955 in Tunisia, Fawzia Zouari is a writer and journalist with the weekly Jeune Afrique. She is the author of ten books, which mostly evoke North African women who settled in Europe. In 2016 Le corps de ma mère won the Prix des Cinq continents. She recently edited the anthology Douze musulmans parlent de Jésus

After studying Romance languages and literatures and the history of religions, Vanessa Herzet taught and conducted writing workshops. The artistic director of Parlantes, she is involved in the Brussels Book Days and teaches at the Haute Ecole de la Ville de Liège.
 

organized by Passa Porta Librairie Tulitu

18:30 – 19:30
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Erika Fatland & Jeroen Theunissen
ENInterviewBook signing

In Sovjetistan the Norwegian writer and anthropologist Erika Fatland takes the reader on a journey through Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Through biting observations and absurd stories, she reveals a glimpse of a particular world that has never been described before. This book is now also available in Dutch and in French. 

with Erika Fatland Jeroen Theunissen

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The Norwegian writer and anthropologist Erika Fatland (b. 1983) speaks seven languages and has lived in a wide range of countries. Her latest book Sovjetistan (Kagge Forlag, 2014), is a travelogue through the five former Soviet states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In 2016 Fatland was selected by the European platform Literary Europe Live as one of the 10 New Voices from Europe.

© Koen Broos

Jeroen Theunissen (b. 1977) is the author of stories, poetry and novels. In 2004 he debuted with the novel De onzichtbare. He has published the poetry collections Thuisverlangen (2005) and Het zit zo (2009), the short-story collection Het einde (2006), and the novels Een vorm van vermoeidheid (2008), De stolp (2010), De omwegen (2013) and Onschuld (2014). In 2015 he released the poetry collection Hier woon je.

organized by Passa Porta Norwegian Embassy in Brussels Gaïa Editions De Markten NORLA Uitgeverij De Geus

18:30 – 19:30
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Fikry El Azzouzi, Thomas Gunzig, Nathalie Skowronek, Judith Vanistendael, Christophe Vekeman, Isabelle Wéry
Presentation: Béatrice Delvaux
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Passa Porta invited five writers to react with a new story to Dimitri Verhulst’s call to ‘answer the attacks of horror with attacks of beauty, attacks of literature’. Illustrator Judith Vanistendael will breathe life into their texts during a live session.

with Christophe Vekeman Fikry El Azzouzi Isabelle Wéry Judith Vanistendael Nathalie Skowronek Thomas Gunzig and Béatrice Delvaux

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Christophe Vekeman (b. 1972) has written novels, essays, reportages, poetry, columns and plays. In 2016 he published an autobiographically inspired book about country legend Johnny Paycheck and the poetry collection Dit is geen slaapkamer meer nu. Vekeman’s main theme is love, while his style can only be described as virtuoso, rich in imagery and musical.

© Jimmy Kets

Fikry El Azzouzi (b. 1978) has written novels, theatre texts and columns (among others for De Morgen). After his well-received first novel Het Schapenfeest (2010) and the novella De handen van Fatma (2013), he won the 2014 Arkprijs van het Vrije Woord for Drarrie in de nacht. In 2016 he released his latest novel, Alleen zij. His play Malcolm X has been performed ay the KVS and published in book form by EPO.

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© Daphne Titeca

Judith Vanistendael (b. 1974) is a Brussels-based cartoonist and illustrator. In 2007 she published part one of her successful album De maagd en de neger, Papa en Sofie, followed by Deel 2, Leentje en Sofie in 2009. Three years later she published When David Lost His Voice and Pelgrim of niet, een voettocht naar Santiago de Compostela. Her most recent book is Mikel, a graphic novel in collaboration with Mark Bellido about terrorism in the Basque Country.

judithvanistendael.wordpress.com

© Aline Frisch

By her own admission, Nathalie Skowronek entered literature ‘belatedly’ with Karen et moi, a novel that pays tribute to Karen Blixen. It was followed by the very personal Max, en apparence, the history of her grandfather, who survived Auschwitz. In 2015 her brief essay La Shoah de Monsieur Durand drew a lot of attention. In it she describes how the fourth generation of Jews after Auschwitz is dealing with the question of memory. In March 2017 she releases Un monde sur mesure.

© B. Maindiaux

Well known to the listeners of La Première for his precious ‘Cafés serrés’, Belgian author Thomas Gunzig is famous for his dark humour. In 2001 he won the Prix Rossel for Mort d'un parfait bilingue and in 2016 the Prix triennal du roman of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation for Manuel de survie à l'usage des incapables. He has also worked with Jaco Van Dormael on Kiss & Cry (theatre) and The Brand New Testament (cinema).

The editor-in-chief of the newspaper Le Soir for ten years, Béatrice Delvaux is now its editorial writer-in-chief. She is famous for her analyses of, and views on, community-related and social issues in Belgium.
 

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

18:30 – 19:30
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Joost Vandecasteele & Emily Short
Interview: Gaea Schoeters
ENInterviewBook signing

Gaea Schoeters in conversation with Joost Vandecasteele and Emily Short about literature in the digital age. What possibilities does the crossover between writing and inventing games offer? And what does the future hold for interactive stories?

with Emily Short Joost Vandecasteele and Gaea Schoeters

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Emily Short works in interactive fiction, narrative design, and conversation modeling, and is currently the Character Engine Product Manager at Spirit AI. She has released over two dozen solo games, as well as contributing to indie games such as Sunless Sea and doing R&D work for Telltale Games and others.


 

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Joost Vandecasteele (b. 1975) is a writer, theatre-maker and columnist. In 2010 he won the Vlaamse Debuutprijs for Hoe de wereld perfect functioneert zonder mij. His novels Opnieuw en opnieuw en opnieuw and Massa were nominated for the BNG Literatuurprijs. In 2017 he will release an illustrated novel entitled Bella and a literary game called Winter. The fictional series Generatie B, for which Vandecasteele wrote the screenplay, will run from February 2017 on Canvas.

Gaea Schoeters (b. 1976) is a Flemish author, scriptwriter and journalist. Together with video-game developer Tale of Tales, she is working on a game based on her most recent novel, De kunst van het vallen (2014).

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg British Council PILEn

18:30 – 19:30
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Marek Šindelka
In conversation with Peter Vermeersch
ENInterviewBook signing

Meet Marek Šindelka, one of the most prominent representatives of the new golden era in Czech literature. His latest book Únava materiálu ('The fatigue of material', 2016) is the first Czech novel about the current refugee crisis. Anna in kaart gebracht, the Dutch translation of his previous novel, was a big success.

with Marek Šindelka and Peter Vermeersch

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Marek Šindelka (b. 1984) is described as a Czech supertalent. His oeuvre consists of novels, poetry collections and a graphic novel, for which he has won several prizes. His novel Mapa Anny is a melancholy portrait of an elusive girl and a piercing cultural critique of hipsters, city marketeers and the entertainment industry.

Peter Vermeersch (b. 1972) is a writer and poet. As a Slavist and political scientist, he is attached to the University of Leuven. His book Ex: Over een land dat zoek is (2014) won the 2016 Literary Prize of the province of West Flanders.

organized by Passa Porta České centrum RITCS Café

19:30 – 19:50
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Arash Chakeri
Music

At the beginning of last year, the Iranian singer and writer Arash Chakeri sought asylum in Belgium. His work is banned in his home country. Passa Porta supports his stay in the context of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network). In the BartleBar he will perform a number of his poignant songs about love, fleeing and exile.

with Arash Chakeri

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Arash Chakeri (b. 1982) is an Iranian singer, writer and poet. During the last years he has been regularly attacked, arrested and threatened. In 2015 he decided to leave his country. He is currently seeking asylum in Belgium relocated in Brussels with the accompaniment of Passa Porta International House of Literature as host organisation in the framework of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network), with the support of the City of Brussels and of ProtectDefenders.eu.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

20:00 – 00:00
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Duality
A Swinging Evening under the Sign of Duos
NL, FR, ENReadingPerformanceMusicIllustration

Writers, poets, slammers and illustrators will team up with other artists to form pairs in various rooms of the Beursschouwburg. Let yourself be surprised as you move from one room to another to see them at work. A great DJ will mix a literary playlist from 22:30.

with Andy Fierens Aura Xilonen Bertrand Belin Dimitri Verhulst Eve Bonfanti Gerard Herman Joy (Gioia Kayaga) Halfdan Pisket Jean-Baptiste Del Amo Jeroen Olyslaegers Maartje Wortel Milady Renoir Milan Warmoeskerken Négar Djavadi Olivier Cornil Peter Vandenberghe Peter Verhelst Randall Casaer Scale Sukina Abdul Noor Timothy Nouzak Wide Vercnocke

© Charlie De Keersmaecker

Because of his hilarious and merciless texts and his uncompromising performances, poet and performer Andy Fierens (b. 1976) is a bit of an outsider in the Flemish literary scene. In 2009 he debuted with the collection Grote Smerige Vlinder (Herman de Coninck Debuutprijs). In 2013 he published with Michaël Brijs the novel Astronaut van Oranje. Een Vlaams epos. One year later he released his second collection, Wonderbra's en pepperspray.

© Andrés Lobato

The Mexican author Aura Xilonen (b. 1995) was already a much-acclaimed film-maker, and has now impressed readers with her debut novel The Gringo Champion. The jury praised ‘the mature form of a novel that plays with language on several levels’. Xilonen writes about immigration in a style that is both original and experimental.

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Bertrand Belin was born in 1970 in Brittany. As a singer and musician, he made himself known with the fabulous albums Hypernuit (2010) and Cap Waller (2015), which distinguished him on the music scene. As a writer, he stunned readers in 2015 with Requin, the monologue of a man who is drowning. He confirmed his talent with his second novel, Littoral, a short but intense text that describes the daily life of three fishermen.

© Nathalie de Clercq

Dimitri Verhulst (b. 1972) is one of the most famous writers of the Low Countries. His work has appeared in more than 20 languages and been rewarded with different literary awards. The Misfortunates sold more than 200,000 copies in Dutch. It won the Gouden Uil Publieksprijs and was made into a film. Godverdomse dagen op een godverdomse bol won the Libris Literatuurprijs. He recently released Het leven gezien van beneden.

© Stenola

Actress, scriptwriter and director Eve Bonfanti developed an interest in writing and directing early on. In 1988 she started producing and conceiving shows with Yves Hunstad, with whom she wrote La Tragédie comique, which has been performed around the world and which marked the start of a joint undertaking. Within the Fabrique Imaginaire they inaugurated a creative process that involves the audience.

© Rocky Zutterman

Gerard Herman (b. 1989) is a visual artist, performer and poet, influenced by Dadaism. In 2013 he had his first retrospective, Arm en erg hard, in the M Museum Leuven. He has published Te koop wegens stopzetting hobby (2013), Allemaal Gedichten (2016) and Onmens in personenwagen (2016).

gerardherman.be

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Joy is a young woman with diverse roots: a Belgo-Italian father and a mother of Burundian origin. An entrancing slammer, she won the 2013 Prix Paroles Urbaines. In May 2015 she released her first collection, L’arbre sans racines d’un pays sans soleil. But her real breakthrough came with Tram 25, which follows the route of a tram crossing the Belgian capital, moving from the cosy neighbourhoods to the immigrant communes.

© Tommi Rønnqvist

Danish cartoonist and illustrator Halfdan Pisket (b. 1986) graduated in 2009 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Pisket was the first cartoonist to receive an author’s working grant from the Danish Arts Council. His international breakthrough came with a trilogy about the life of his Turkish father.

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Jean-Baptiste Del Amo’s talent was immediately recognized with his first novel, Une éducation libertine. A finalist for the Prix Goncourt, it ultimately won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman. It was followed by Le Sel and Pornographia. In September 2016 the French writer, a vegan, struck again with Règne animal, the story of a family business destined to become a factory farm.

© Koen Broos

Jeroen Olyslaegers (b. 1967) is a Flemish novelist and playwright. With his remarkable war novel WIL, he recently completed his trilogy about twentieth-century Flanders (Wij, 2009, Winst, 2012, WIL, 2016). In 2014 he received the Arkprijs van het Vrije Woord for his ‘genuine social engagement in words and initiatives’. He also wrote texts for Jan Fabre’s marathon show Mount Olympus (2015).

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Maartje Wortel (1982) is a Dutch writer of novels, short stories and columns. She has been praised for her wry and crystal-clear narrative voice. In 2015 she published her short-story collection Er moet iets gebeuren, an autobiographical tale about the imagination and desire. Her latest book is Goudvissen en beton (2016). Several of her stories have been translated into German, French, English and Italian.

Milady Renoir has been leading writing workshops for more than a decade and is the coordinator of Réseau Kalame. She is an extraordinary artist and personality. Committed and generous, she writes, reads, performs, rereads, rewrites and starts over again. She has published two booklegs with maelström: Intérieur cuir and La musique adoucit les morts. She lives in Brussels, where she campaigns for, among others, ‘La Voix des Sans Papiers’.

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Milan Warmoeskerken (b. 1991) is a stallholder and budding composer of corny Flemish songs called levenslied. Among his compositions are 'Kijk me gerust nog even aan', 'Dansen is onze hobby' and 'Jij brengt de horizon dichterbij'. He now teams up with visual artist and poet Gerard Herman for the album 7 liederen voor elke dag van de week.

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Born in Tehran in 1969, Négar Djavadi fled Iran ten years later to join her father in exile in Paris. After studying in Brussels at Insas, she taught film at Paris VIII and as a director saw her work selected for many festivals. In her first novel, Désorientale (2016), she relates the destiny of an Iranian family across three generations through the souvenirs of her heroine, Kimiâ Sadr.

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Olivier Cornil is a photographer who works in Belgium and, whenever possible, abroad. He toured for a long time with the band Girls in Hawaii. He makes books with his hands, tells his mother’s story, and loves Charleroi.

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Peter Vandenberghe (b. 1969) studied piano at both the academy of Ostend and the conservatoire of Brussels. A member of the music trio Too Noisy Fish, he has performed with Wim Vandekeybus and Toots Thielemans, among others.

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Peter Verhelst (b. 1962) is a poet, novelist and director. He has won several awards for his work, among others De Gouden Uil, the Vlaamse Cultuurprijs and the Herman De Coninckprijs. His latest novel is De kunst van het crashen (2015). In 2017 he released Koor: Een keuze uit de poëzie (1987-2016), with an introduction by Stefan Hertmans. His work has been translated into 14 languages.

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Randall Casaer (b. 1967) is a Belgian cartoonist-writer, poet, illustrator, cabaret director and former performer. In 2007 his cartoon debut Slaapkoppen exploded like a bomb. Since then he has released many graphic-textual gems – illustrations, comics and poems.

Scale is one of the founding fathers of the Belgian beatbox scene, as well as a DJ, Music Chapel and text-writer for theatre, slam poetry and hip hop. He has worked with, among others, Daan, Thé Lau, the Vlaamse Opera, Hof van Commerce, Zap Mama, Les Tambours Du Bronx, Volker Schlöndorff and Jeroen Olyslaegers.

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Sukina Abdul Noor is a British hip-hop and spoken-word artist with Jamaican roots. A member of the hip-hop duo Poetic Pilgrimage, she converted to Islam in 2005. She previously appeared in Brussels in Malcolm X, a show by Fikry El Azzouzi at the KVS (rerun scheduled for autumn 2017). She will be in residence at the KVS in March 2017.

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Wide Vercnocke (b. 1985) graduated in 2010 from Sint-Lukas Brussel with a master’s in illustration/cartoon. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator for Focus Knack and Bruzz, among others. In 2013 he published the acclaimed debut comic, Mijn muze ligt in de zetel, followed in 2014 by his second album, Wildvlees, and in 2016 by Narwal.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg Danish Cultural Institute Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek Embassy of Mexico in Brussels

26.03 sunday
10:00 – 17:00
festival! Kids
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Studio Transbook
NL, FR, ENWorkshopKids6+

A library, exhibition and workshop in which everyone from age 6, freely or accompanied, can set to work on paper sculptures, storyboards, poster design, haiku, bookmarks and so much more. Art Basics for Children lets you play with language, story, image and the many possible combinations between both.

organized by ABC Transbook

10:00 – 17:00
festival! Kids
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Story Jukebox
NL, FR, ENInstallationKids2+

This unique jukebox is a soundproof hut in which you can choose a picture book that will be read out by a voice-over narrator. The illustrations are projected onto a screen. The stories are available in different languages. 

organized by Passa Porta Le Wolf

10:00 – 17:40
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The Quiet Volume
Concept by Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells
Performance

Take a seat beside your partner – whether a friend or stranger – in the reading room of the library. Together you follow written or whispered instructions in order to work your way through a mountain of books in a surprising manner. Booking recommended: festival@passaporta.be. Duration: 1 hour. Starts every 20 minutes. 2 participants per session.

organized by Passa Porta Kaaitheater Muntpunt

10:30 – 11:30
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Literary Walk
Guide: Jan Dorpmans
ENWalk

Take a walk through the heart of Brussels. Learn local anecdotes and visit unique sites in the city as you immerse yourself in the world of literature. Ouida, Sir Walter Scott and Victor Hugo, among others, will feature on the tour.

with Jan Dorpmans

Jan Dorpmans is a city guide for, among others, Klare Lijn (http://www.klarelijn.be/).

organized by Passa Porta

10:30 – 18:00
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Booksellers at the Bourse

Between the author meetings you can browse the stalls of second-hand booksellers offering an extensive selection in many languages. There is also an exchange market: you can bring up to two books (max.) that you no longer need and leave with some new reading material.

organized by Passa Porta

10:30 – 19:30
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Writers' Portraits
NL > FRFRFilm

Take a breather in the Beursschouwburg, the festival centre, and get to know a varied selection of Belgian writers in short film portraits about their life and work.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg Off World

10:30 – 19:30
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Gamezone
NL, EN, DE, FRInstallationGame

Settle in a comfortable armchair, pick up an iPad and try out some brand new literary games: Puzzling Poetry (Lucas Hirsch and Studio Louter), Winter (Joost Vandecasteele and Happy Volcano) and Miniature (Coline Sauvand and Laurent Toulouse). The games by the Dutch-speaking authors were developed for the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, where Flanders and the Netherlands were the Guest of Honour.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg PILEn Nederlands Letterenfonds Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie Nederlands Ministerie van Onderwijs Cultuur en wetenschap Nederlands Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

10:30 – 19:30
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BartleBar
Music

The Beurscafé will be called the BartleBar for the occasion – an allusion to Melville’s Bartleby, the clerk who ‘would prefer not to’. The perfect place to read, write, listen to authors and musicians … or simply do nothing at all. On Saturday evening (18:00-20:00) and Sunday lunchtime (12:00-14:00), AUB-SVP will prepare delicious meals for the bold: choose your dish according to your literary tastes! All dishes are vegetarian.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

11:00 – 11:45
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P.F. Thomése, Annelies Beck & Alicja Gescinska
Boekenbrunch: De schrijver als lezer
NLInterview

Meet the reader behind the writer. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) asks three well-read authors how a lifetime of reading has left its stamp on their work. In the meantime you can tuck into a well-deserved brunch.

with Alicja Gescinska Annelies Beck P.F. Thomése and Sven Speybrouck

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Alicja Gescinska (b. 1981) is a Polish-Belgian writer and philosopher. In 2011 she published the essay De verovering van de vrijheid, followed in 2016 by her first novel, Een soort van liefde. For Canvas she has made Wanderlust, a programme evolving around philosophical conversations.

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Annelies Beck (b. 1973) is a writer and journalist. She is the author of the historical novel Over het Kanaal and the philosophical story Toen de zee stil was. In 2017 she will release her latest novel, Toekomstkoorts. She is a journalist with the Flemish public broadcaster VRT, where she presents the daily current-affairs programme TerZake.

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P.F. Thomése (b. 1958)  is one of the most versatile writers of the Dutch-speaking region: novelist, essayist, polemicist, storyteller, ironist and sharp cultural critic: fearless and accurate and always surprising. He has been nominated for awards many times and translated into more than 20 languages. His latest novel, De onderwaterzwemmer, won the readers’ prize of the Fintro Literatuurprijs.

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

11:00 – 12:30
festival! Kids
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The Frog with the Big Mouth
Make a puppet-sock-frog with Léonore Frenois
FRWorkshopKids4+

Get to know those green, croaking beings that are called frogs, tree frogs, tadpoles, toads and more besides … After reading several books, you will create your own frog in the shape of a puppet-sock!

organized by Passa Porta Le Wolf

11:00 – 17:30
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Out of Sight
Virtual Reality
NL, EN, DUInstallation

A hand-drawn virtual-reality environment that immerses the viewer into the world of nine-year-old Lena and her father. Choose the head you want to crawl into. Based on a script by author Jaap Robben. Developed for the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, with Flanders and the Netherlands as Guest of Honour.

organized by Passa Porta deBuren Nederlands Letterenfonds Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie Nederlands Ministerie van Onderwijs Cultuur en wetenschap Nederlands Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst

12:00 – 12:15
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José Eduardo Agualusa
Read Write Repeat
ENInterview

José Eduardo Agualusa selects a fragment from world literature that urges himto write. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) investigates what it is about it that continuously overwhelms and inspires him.

with José Eduardo Agualusa and Sven Speybrouck

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José Eduardo Agualusa was born in Angola in 1960 and is one of the most important literary voices in the lusophone world. His novel The Book of Chameleons won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007, and his recent novel, A General Theory of Oblivion, was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Agualusa lives between Portugal, Angola and Brazil.

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

12:00 – 13:00
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Frank Furedi: The Power of Reading
In conversation with Matthijs de Ridder
ENInterview

What do what-we-read and how-we-read say about who we are? In The Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter, renowned British-Hungarian sociologist Frank Furedi takes an erudite approach to the history of the value of reading. A plea for a new reading culture. 

"Democrats and revolutionaries looked upon reading as a moral and intellectual resource for the conduct of a vibrant public life and as a tool of social transformation." — Frank Furedi

with Frank Furedi and Matthijs de Ridder

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Frank Furedi (b. 1947) is a Hungarian-British sociologist, author and political commentator who writes for The Guardian, among others. In 1997 he released the first edition of his influential book Culture of Fear. Other titles include Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? (2006), Invitation to Terror (2007), Authority (2011), The Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter (2015) and What’s Happened to the University (2016).

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Matthijs de Ridder (b. 1979) is a writer, critic and editor at the literary review nY. He has edited work by Louis Paul Boon, Paul van Ostaijen and Gaston Burssens, among others. Recent publications include Rebelse ritmes: Hoe jazz & literatuur elkaar vonden (2012) and Behoud de Begeerte: Een literaire geschiedenis 1984-2014 (2014).
 

organized by Passa Porta

12:00 – 13:00
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Marcus Malte en concert
Les harmoniques
FRReadingMusicBook signing

The words of Marcus Malte, drawn from his novel Les harmoniques, voiced by the author himself and accompanied by the musicians Gérard Maurin and Virginie Teychené. Jazz meets literature.

with Marcus Malte

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Marcus Malte is an unclassifiable author. After dabbling in jazz and rock, he debuted in literature with a crime novel, Le Doigt d’Horace. It was followed by three thrillers: Carnage, constellation, Garden of Love and Les Harmoniques. But Marcus Malte has also written short stories, comic strips, books for children and young adults, and more. His latest book, Le Garçon, a wonderful novel that relates the tale of an almost savage being that discovers humans, rightly won the 2016 Prix Femina.

organized by Passa Porta Théâtre des Martyrs

12:00 – 13:00
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Joy (Gioia Kayaga)
In conversation with David Courier
FRInterviewPerformanceBook signing

Whoever has seen Gioia Kayaga, aka Joy, slam is bound to remember her. With her incredible energy, committed lyrics and great sensitivity, she is a breath of fresh air wherever she goes. Without any naivety, this is her strength. Demonstration.

with Joy (Gioia Kayaga) and David Courier

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Joy is a young woman with diverse roots: a Belgo-Italian father and a mother of Burundian origin. An entrancing slammer, she won the 2013 Prix Paroles Urbaines. In May 2015 she released her first collection, L’arbre sans racines d’un pays sans soleil. But her real breakthrough came with Tram 25, which follows the route of a tram crossing the Belgian capital, moving from the cosy neighbourhoods to the immigrant communes.

A journalist and cultural blogger for Bx1, among others, David Courier loves literature, theatre and photography, a passion that has led him to meet many artists, whether in the TV studio or outside.
 


 

organized by Passa Porta Librairie Quartiers Latins

12:00 – 13:00
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Balade littéraire
Guide: Jan Dorpmans
FRWalk

Take a walk through the heart of Brussels. Learn local anecdotes and visit unique sites in the city as you immerse yourself in the world of literature. Scutenaire, Lemonnier and Colette, among others, will feature on the tour.

with Jan Dorpmans

Jan Dorpmans is a city guide for, among others, Klare Lijn (http://www.klarelijn.be/).

organized by Passa Porta

12:00 – 13:00
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Juan Gabriel Vásquez
In conversation with Catherine Vuylsteke
ENInterviewBook launchBook signing

Presentation of Juan Gabriel Vásquez's latest book, La forma de las ruinas. After years of self-imposed exile, the author returns to his native country, Colombia, in search of the truth behind a bloody history.

with Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Catherine Vuylsteke

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Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez (b. 1973) studied in Paris and then lived in Belgium and Barcelona before settling in his native country. Vasquez is one standard bearer of the new Latin American Boom. He broke through internationally with The Sound of Things Falling. His work has been translated into more than 28 languages and earned several awards, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the PEN English Award. 

Catherine Vuylsteke is a Sinologist, journalist, writer and film-maker. She is the author of non-fiction on China, gays in Morocco, and unaccompanied minors. Her latest book, Viet Bleu, appeared in 2016.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg Instituto Cervantes Uitgeverij Signatuur

12:00 – 13:00
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Toon Tellegen & Het Wisselend Toonkwintet
NLReadingMusicBook signing

Toon Tellegen reads his most adventurous animal tales and is accompanied by Het Wisselend Toonkwintet, his trusty musical allies. A swinging programme for young and old.

with Toon Tellegen

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Dutch author Toon Tellegen (b. 1941) worked for many years as a GP. In 1980 he published his first poetry collection, followed in 1984 by a first collection of animal stories: Er ging geen dag voorbij. The rest is history: his tales about the squirrel and the ant conquered the world, one bedside table at a time, being translated into many languages and winning virtually every conceivable prize.

organized by Passa Porta De Munt | La Monnaie Muntpunt

12:30 – 12:45
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Almudena Grandes
Read Write Repeat
ENInterview

Almudena Grandes selects a fragment from world literature that urges her to write. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) investigates what it is about it that continuously overwhelms and inspires her.

with Almudena Grandes and Sven Speybrouck

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Almudena Grandes (b. 1960) debuted in 1989 with the controversial erotic novel The Ages of Lulu. Since then she has written 11 novels and 3 collections of stories, winning various literary prizes. With The Frozen Heart, a monumental novel about the civil war and the dark years that followed, she has written a ‘Sorrow of Spain’. In her latest novel, Los besos en el pan, she describes the harsh reality of the financial crisis.

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Air Europa Instituto Cervantes Muntpunt Embassy of Spain in Belgium / Spain Arts & Culture

13:00 – 13:15
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Wide Vercnocke
Read Write Repeat
NLInterview

Wide Vercnocke selects a fragment from world literature that urges him to write. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) investigates what it is about it that continuously overwhelms and inspires him.

with Wide Vercnocke and Sven Speybrouck

© Athos Burez

Wide Vercnocke (b. 1985) graduated in 2010 from Sint-Lukas Brussel with a master’s in illustration/cartoon. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator for Focus Knack and Bruzz, among others. In 2013 he published the acclaimed debut comic, Mijn muze ligt in de zetel, followed in 2014 by his second album, Wildvlees, and in 2016 by Narwal.

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

13:00 – 13:30
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Peter Holvoet-Hanssen & Laurence Vielle
Poetrymobile
NL, FRPerformancePoetry

In an old Citroën fitted with a sound installation on the roof, Peter Holvoet-Hanssen unfolds his Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry. Together with Belgium’s national poet Laurence Vielle, he steeps the Brussels city centre in poems. They make a stop on the Muntplein/Place de la Monnaie. 

with Laurence Vielle Peter Holvoet-Hanssen

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Laurence Vielle (b. 1968) is a Belgian French-speaking poet and actress. For her, poetry and the spoken word are inextricably connected. She loves letting words sound out and giving them rhythm. She writes for the stage and for radio, always with the listener in mind. In 2016-2017 she is Belgium’s national poet. Her poetry has been published by maelstrÖm, among others.

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© Patrick De Spiegelaere

Writer and poet Peter Holvoet-Hanssen (b. 1960) is one of the most colourful figures of Flemish poetry. He has won many prizes for his poetry collections, from the Debuutprijs to the Cultuurprijs of the Flemish Community. In 2014 he published ‘music-box poems’ in Miavoye, a tribute to Paul Van Ostaijen. His Gedichten voor de kleine reus were published in 2016, and in 2017 he released Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry.

organized by Passa Porta

13:00 – 14:00
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Trui Chielens & Aurélia Deschamps
Graphic Daredevils
NL, FRPerformanceIllustration

Illustrators Trui Chielens and Aurélia Deschamps aren’t afraid to take risks to reveal to you the ultimate truth. Go and ask one of them your most pressing question. The long-awaited answer will be yours within just a few minutes.

with Aurélia Deschamps Trui Chielens

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Aurélia Deschamps is an illustrator of French origin. She is studying at ERG and Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels. She has held exhibitions in Brussels and Italy and conducts workshops on visual arts.

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Trui Chielens is a Flemish illustrator. She debuted with Ozewiezewatte, a book with children’s songs performed by the children’s choir of the Flemish Opera. It was followed by Hoe ik het Kopbeest versloeg: 23 manieren om niet onzichtbaar te zijn and Zetelkat, with a text by Josse De Pauw. In 2017 she will release Prinses Pompelien gaat trouwen and Morgen is een ander land, with texts by Michaël De Cock. Chielens takes a graphic approach to drawing, mainly using pencils and a limited colour palette.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

13:30 – 13:45
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Rosa Montero
Read Write Repeat
ENInterview

Rosa Montero selects a fragment from world literature that urges her to write. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) investigates what it is about it that continuously overwhelms and inspires her.

with Rosa Montero and Sven Speybrouck

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After studying psychology and journalism, Rosa Montero (b. 1951) grew to become one of Spain’s most famous writers and journalists. She refuses to limit herself to a single genre and writes both realistic and more imaginative novels, always odes to the imagination. She calls creativity ‘an alchemical attempt to turn suffering into beauty’. Montero’s novels have sold millions of copies and been translated into more than 20 languages.

 


 

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Air Europa Instituto Cervantes Muntpunt Embassy of Spain in Belgium / Spain Arts & Culture

13:30 – 14:30
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Patrick Declerck
In Conversation with Laurent Moosen
FRInterviewBook signing

Crâne tells the story of the operation that the Belgian author had to have on his brain. The story is all the more fascinating since Patrick Declerck’s work is permeated by a biting sense of humour and unfailing lucidity. Discover him live.

with Patrick Declerck and Laurent Moosen

© Catherine Helie

Born in the early 1950s in Brussels, Patrick Declerck was an avid reader from a young age. His own books systematically leave a profound impression. From Les naufragés: Avec les clochards de Paris to Crâne via Socrate dans la nuit and Démons me turlupinant (Prix Rossel 2012), he has woven a brilliant and subtle body of work that blends anthropology, psychoanalysis and a passion for Shakespeare.

After having headed the department in charge of literary policy in French-speaking Belgium, this philosopher by training is currently the general coordinator of Plan Lecture, which seeks to promote reading among readers aged between 0 and 18.
 

organized by Passa Porta Théâtre des Martyrs

13:30 – 14:30
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Astrid Roemer
In conversation with Sarah Posman
NLInterviewBook signing

The idiosyncratic Surinamese writer Astrid Roemer, the winner of the P.C. Hooft-prijs, deserves to be read more widely in Belgium. Her three most important novels were collected in the trilogy Onmogelijk moederland. A conversation with a grande dame about homelessness, being a woman, and the imagination.

with Astrid Roemer and Sarah Posman

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Astrid H. Roemer (b. 1947) won the 2016 P.C. Hooftprijs for her ‘sharp and relevant interventions in the public debate’ and her ‘complex depictions of the history of Suriname’ (jury report). She broke through in 1982 with Over de gekte van een vrouw. In 2016 her three most important novels were collected in the trilogy Onmogelijk Moederland. It was followed by Liefde in tijden van gebrek: memoires van een thuisloze and Olga en haar driekwartsmaten.

Sarah Posman (b. 1982) obtained her PhD in 2010 at Ghent University with a dissertation on the concept of time in the work of Gertrude Stein. She is an editor at the literary review nY and writes about English- and Dutch-language literature by mainly women writers for, among others, DeReactor.org.
 

organized by Passa Porta deBuren

13:30 – 14:30
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Michael Bijnens, Heleen Debruyne, Bregje Hofstede, Rebekka de Wit
Fear Is a (Wo)man's Best Friend
NLReadingBook signing

Four young authors from the Netherlands and Flanders wrote a story for the festival about a fear that may or may not be fictional and how to conquer it. Michael Bijnens, Heleen Debruyne, Bregje Hofstede and Rebekka de Wit accepted the challenge and now read aloud.

with Bregje Hofstede Heleen Debruyne Michael Bijnens Rebekka de Wit

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Bregje Hofstede (b. 1988) has published in various literary magazines and newspapers and writes for De Correspondent. Her acclaimed debut novel De hemel boven Parijs (2014) was nominated among others for the Libris Literatuurprijs and the Gouden Boekenuil. In 2016 she released De herontdekking van het lichaam: Over de burn-out.

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Heleen Debruyne (b. 1988) debuted in 2016 with the tragicomic novel De Plantrekkers, in which different people and nationalities come together in a provincial Flemish town. She studied history and journalism, works for Radio Klara and writes columns for, among others, De Morgen and deBuren.

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Michael Bijnens (b. 1990) lives in Brussels and writes novels and plays. In 2015 he debuted with the much talked-about autobiographical novel Cinderella, about a Flemish brothel keeper and her son.

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Rebekka de Wit (b. 1985) is a writer, columnist and theatre-maker. Her debut novel We komen nog één wonder tekort (2016) is a witty and sad coming-of-age story. She has been the artistic director of the theatre ensemble De Tijd since 2016.

organized by Passa Porta De Munt | La Monnaie

13:30 – 14:30
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Annelies Beck & Ece Temelkuran
Fragility. A Correspondence in Interesting Times
ENReadingBook signing

During a residency in Passa Porta the renowned Turkish writer and political journalist Ece Temelkuran struck up a friendship with her Belgian colleague Annelies Beck. They will now read from their intense correspondence, which began after the attacks in Paris.
"Bombs went off in Brussels and all of a sudden we had somehow "graduated" to the real world." —  Annelies Beck
"When you protect yourself, do you really live?" — Ece Temelkuran

with Annelies Beck Ece Temelkuran

© Eveline Renaud

Annelies Beck (b. 1973) is a writer and journalist. She is the author of the historical novel Over het Kanaal and the philosophical story Toen de zee stil was. In 2017 she will release her latest novel, Toekomstkoorts. She is a journalist with the Flemish public broadcaster VRT, where she presents the daily current-affairs programme TerZake.

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Ece Temelkuran (b. 1973) is an author, journalist and political commentator. She writes for The Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique, among others. She tackles subjects that are considered very controversial in Turkey, such as the Kurdish and Armenian questions, the women’s movement, and the question of political prisoners. In 2015 she was writer in residence at Passa Porta. In 2016 she released Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy.

organized by Passa Porta

13:30 – 14:30
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Aiko Solovkine& Jean-Marc Ceci
In conversation with Lorent Corbeel
FRInterviewBook signing

Rodéo and Monsieur Origami revealed two remarkable new voices in Belgium. How did these authors get into writing? And how do you find your voice when starting a first novel? An exchange of views.

with Aiko Solovkine Jean-Marc Ceci and Lorent Corbeel

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Aïko Solovkine is the nom de plume of a young Belgian journalist. Her first novel, Rodéo (2014), was written in three months. To respect this self-imposed deadline, she had to spend many sleepless nights. This sense of urgency permeates the novel, which won the Prix de la première œuvre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in 2016.

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Born in 1977 in Belgium, Jean-Marc Ceci trained as a lawyer. He made his literary debut with Monsieur Origami, in which he pays tribute to Japan. Jean-Marc Ceci has been drawn to Japanese culture from a young age and its tradition of tea, its calligraphy, its martial arts and its … origami. The folding of a sheet of paper is at the heart of this novel written like a haiku: refined, uncluttered, ethereal.

Lorent Corbeel is editor-in-chief of Karoo, an online collaborative cultural platform that comes with two biannual mooks.
 

organized by Passa Porta Tropismes Librairie

13:30 – 14:30
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Bertrand Belin : Littoral
Lecture musicale
FRReadingMusicBook signing

We knew the singer, who now proves himself to be a writer too. After Requin, Bertrand Belin releases Littoral, a novel in which we again discover his stunning relation to orality and musicality. Quite naturally, he has turned this text into a literary concert, which he will present here with musician Thibaut Frisoni.

with Bertrand Belin

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Bertrand Belin was born in 1970 in Brittany. As a singer and musician, he made himself known with the fabulous albums Hypernuit (2010) and Cap Waller (2015), which distinguished him on the music scene. As a writer, he stunned readers in 2015 with Requin, the monologue of a man who is drowning. He confirmed his talent with his second novel, Littoral, a short but intense text that describes the daily life of three fishermen.

organized by Passa Porta Librairie Quartiers Latins

13:30 – 14:30
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Literaire stadswandeling
Guide: Jan Dorpmans
NLWalk

Take a walk through the heart of Brussels. Learn local anecdotes and visit unique sites in the city as you immerse yourself in the world of literature. Conscience, Claes and Brouwers, among others, will feature on the tour.

with Jan Dorpmans

Jan Dorpmans is a city guide for, among others, Klare Lijn (http://www.klarelijn.be/).

organized by Passa Porta

13:30 – 14:30
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Dorthe Nors
In conversation with Anna Luyten
NLInterview

None other than Oprah found that the work of writer Dorthe Nors (Karate Chop) ‘comes off a little like Danish furniture, spare and sublime’. We invited Dorthe Nors to Brussels for a conversation about the importance of compassion in a complex world and her predilection for short stories and absurd humour.

with Dorthe Nors and Anna Luyten

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Danish author Dorthe Nors (b. 1970) studied literature and art history. She wrote three novels before breaking through internationally with Karate Chop, a short-story collection full of dark humour. Dorthe Nors was long a part of the literary scene in Copenhagen but retired to a little village in Jutland a few years ago: 'I need the great sky, the horizon. I love my little country; my language is my roothold'.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg Danish Cultural Institute

13:30 – 14:30
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Almudena Grandes
In conversation with Marijke Arijs
ES > ENInterview

The grande dame of Spanish literature talks about her oeuvre and her latest novel, Los besos en el pan, in which she uses a small working-class barrio in Madrid to draw a portrait of a land in crisis.

with Almudena Grandes and Marijke Arijs

© Ivan Giménez

Almudena Grandes (b. 1960) debuted in 1989 with the controversial erotic novel The Ages of Lulu. Since then she has written 11 novels and 3 collections of stories, winning various literary prizes. With The Frozen Heart, a monumental novel about the civil war and the dark years that followed, she has written a ‘Sorrow of Spain’. In her latest novel, Los besos en el pan, she describes the harsh reality of the financial crisis.

Marijke Arijs (b. 1961) is a literary translator and reviewer of French and Spanish literature for Standaard der Letteren. In 2010 she won the Prix de la traduction littéraire de la Communauté française.

organized by Passa Porta Air Europa Instituto Cervantes KVS Embassy of Spain in Belgium / Spain Arts & Culture Uitgeverij Signatuur

13:30 – 14:30
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Magdalena Tulli & Alicja Gescinska
ENInterviewBook signing

The Flemish writer and philosopher Alicja Gescinska talks to Polish author Magdalena Tulli, who doesn’t shy away from social themes in her work. Her breakthrough came with Skaza, a topical exploration of the treatment of refugees.

with Alicja Gescinska Magdalena Tulli

© Fred Debrock

Alicja Gescinska (b. 1981) is a Polish-Belgian writer and philosopher. In 2011 she published the essay De verovering van de vrijheid, followed in 2016 by her first novel, Een soort van liefde. For Canvas she has made Wanderlust, a programme evolving around philosophical conversations.

https://www.canvas.be/tag/alicja-gescinska

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Like her role model Italo Calvino, Polish author Magdalena Tulli (b. 1955) is an outsider and stands in the margins of her country’s literary tradition. Her debut, Dreams and Stones (1995), a poetic meditation on the metropolis, drew international attention. Since then she has written five other novels, including Flaw (2006), a disconcerting parable in which she takes a close look at the treatment of refugees.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg Polish Institute

13:30 – 14:30
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Samen Niña Weijers lezen
With Silvie Moors
NLWorkshop

Get a taste of the world of words of Dutch writer Niña Weijers in a small group. We will read a short story, some fragments from her novel De consequenties and extracts from her essays. We explore books that inspired her. A nice introduction to the conversation with Niña Weijers that follows. 

with Silvie Moors

Silvie Moors is the artistic director of DE DAGEN, an organisation that promotes reading and shares literature with the underprivileged.

organized by Passa Porta De DAGEN Muntpunt

14:00 – 14:15
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Benno Barnard
Read Write Repeat
NLInterview

Benno Barnard selects a fragment from world literature that urges him to write. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) investigates what it is about it that continuously overwhelms and inspires him.

with Benno Barnard and Sven Speybrouck

© Renata Barnard

Benno Barnard (b. 1954) is a Dutch poet, prose writer, translator, anthologist and essayist. Having lived in Belgium for decades, he moved to East Sussex in 2015. Recent titles include Krijg nou de lyriek (2011), Dagboek van een landjonker (2013), Mijn gedichtenschrift (2015) and Escaut! Escaut!, about five French-speaking Flemish writers around 1900 (2016).

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

14:00 – 17:00
festival! Kids
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Geneviève Casterman
Videos, Workshops and Book Signing
FRWorkshopFilmBook signingKids6+

Belgian author and illustrator Geneviève Casterman invites you to a multiple illustration workshop based on her book 100(0) moments de dessins, published by Esperluète. The workshops will be preceded by screenings of her short films made for the Pompidou Centre in 2016 and followed by a book signing. The sessions start on the hour, at 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00.

with Geneviève Casterman

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The author of children’s books (Au revoir Adélaïde) and of illustrated books (100(0) moments de dessin), Geneviève Casterman was born in 1958 and lives and works in Brussels. She followed illustration classes at Institut Saint-Luc. A teacher and trainer, she now teaches at ERG and works as an editor for pedagogical reviews. She regularly exhibits her work and takes part in collective editions of prints.

organized by Passa Porta Le Wolf

14:30 – 14:45
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Andy Fierens
Read Write Repeat
NLInterview

Andy Fierens selects a fragment from world literature that urges him to write. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) investigates what it is about it that continuously overwhelms and inspires him.

with Andy Fierens and Sven Speybrouck

© Charlie De Keersmaecker

Because of his hilarious and merciless texts and his uncompromising performances, poet and performer Andy Fierens (b. 1976) is a bit of an outsider in the Flemish literary scene. In 2009 he debuted with the collection Grote Smerige Vlinder (Herman de Coninck Debuutprijs). In 2013 he published with Michaël Brijs the novel Astronaut van Oranje. Een Vlaams epos. One year later he released his second collection, Wonderbra's en pepperspray.

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

14:30 – 15:00
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Peter Holvoet-Hanssen & Laurence Vielle
Poetrymobile
NL, FRPerformancePoetry

In an old Citroën fitted with a sound installation on the roof, Peter Holvoet-Hanssen unfolds his Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry. Together with Belgium’s national poet Laurence Vielle, he steeps the Brussels city centre in poems. They make a stop on the Martelaarsplein/Place des Martyrs. 

with Laurence Vielle Peter Holvoet-Hanssen

© Andy Huysmans

Laurence Vielle (b. 1968) is a Belgian French-speaking poet and actress. For her, poetry and the spoken word are inextricably connected. She loves letting words sound out and giving them rhythm. She writes for the stage and for radio, always with the listener in mind. In 2016-2017 she is Belgium’s national poet. Her poetry has been published by maelstrÖm, among others.

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© Patrick De Spiegelaere

Writer and poet Peter Holvoet-Hanssen (b. 1960) is one of the most colourful figures of Flemish poetry. He has won many prizes for his poetry collections, from the Debuutprijs to the Cultuurprijs of the Flemish Community. In 2014 he published ‘music-box poems’ in Miavoye, a tribute to Paul Van Ostaijen. His Gedichten voor de kleine reus were published in 2016, and in 2017 he released Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry.

organized by Passa Porta

14:30 – 15:30
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Max de Radiguès & Wide Vercnocke
Graphic Daredevils
NL, FRPerformanceIllustration

Illustrators Max de Radiguès and Wide Vercnocke aren’t afraid to take risks to reveal to you the ultimate truth. Go and ask one of them your most pressing question. The long-awaited answer will be yours within just a few minutes.

with Max de Radiguès Wide Vercnocke

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Born in Belgium in 1982, Max de Radiguès studied at Institut Saint-Luc, before working as a bookseller and publisher. His book Pendant ce temps à White River Junction was selected at the international cartoon festival of Angoulême in 2012. He then published Frangins (2011), 520 km (2012) and Weegee (2016) with Wauter Mannaert. His latest album is La cire moderne, in collaboration with children’s author Vincent Cuvellier.

© Athos Burez

Wide Vercnocke (b. 1985) graduated in 2010 from Sint-Lukas Brussel with a master’s in illustration/cartoon. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator for Focus Knack and Bruzz, among others. In 2013 he published the acclaimed debut comic, Mijn muze ligt in de zetel, followed in 2014 by his second album, Wildvlees, and in 2016 by Narwal.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

14:30 – 16:00
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Veronika Mabardi & Carmien Michels
Portrait Writers
NL, FRPerformance

Take a moment to sit for author Veronika Mabardi or European slam champion Carmien Michels. They will draw your features in words and cast your innermost feelings in a unique portrait.

with Carmien Michels Veronika Mabardi

© Koen Broos

Carmien Michels (b. 1990) dances between pen and stage, between urban and classical. She studied Drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. For her graduation project she wrote her debut novel, We zijn water, published in 2013 and shortlisted for the Debuutprijs and the Bronzen Uil in 2014. Her second novel, Vraag het aan de bliksem, was released in 2015. In 2016 she won the European Championship Poetry Slam.

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Veronika Mabardi lives in Brussels. A member of the collective Les Ateliers de l´Echange for ten years, Veronika Mabardi then co-founded the company Ricochets, where she writes and directs. She has worked with several directors as a writer and dramaturge. During writing residencies in Quebec and Mali, she wrote Eden Palace and Carnets du Fleuve. She leads writing workshops and has published, among others, Les cerfs (2014).

organized by Passa Porta

15:00 – 15:15
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Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Read Write Repeat
ENInterview

Juan Gabriel Vásquez selects a fragment from world literature that urges him to write. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) investigates what it is about it that continuously overwhelms and inspires him.

with Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Sven Speybrouck

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Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez (b. 1973) studied in Paris and then lived in Belgium and Barcelona before settling in his native country. Vasquez is one standard bearer of the new Latin American Boom. He broke through internationally with The Sound of Things Falling. His work has been translated into more than 28 languages and earned several awards, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the PEN English Award. 

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Instituto Cervantes Muntpunt

15:00 – 16:00
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Geert van Istendael, Maud Vanhauwaert & Benno Barnard
Jalousie de métier
NLReadingInterviewPoetry

Poet Geert van Istendael (Het was wat was) invites two colleagues who each have ‘something’ he envies: Maud Vanhauwaert (Wij zijn evenwijdig) and Benno Barnard (Krijg nou de lyriek). The three read aloud and talk about what connects and distinguishes them today. Host: Johan Reyniers.

with Benno Barnard Geert van Istendael Maud Vanhauwaert and Johan Reyniers

© Renata Barnard

Benno Barnard (b. 1954) is a Dutch poet, prose writer, translator, anthologist and essayist. Having lived in Belgium for decades, he moved to East Sussex in 2015. Recent titles include Krijg nou de lyriek (2011), Dagboek van een landjonker (2013), Mijn gedichtenschrift (2015) and Escaut! Escaut!, about five French-speaking Flemish writers around 1900 (2016).

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Geert van Istendael (b. 1947) is a poet, essayist, novelist, translator and member of the Brussels Poetry Collective, with which he worked on the European Constitution in Verse, among others. His latest poetry collection, Het was wat was, was nominated for the VSB Poëzieprijs 2016.

© Jimmy Kets

Maud Vanhauwaert (b. 1984) is a writer, text performer and editor at the literary review DW B. She has published the poetry collections Ik ben mogelijk (2011, Vrouw Debuut Prijs) and Wij zijn evenwijdig (2014), nominated for the VSB Poëzieprijs 2016 and winner of the Hugues C. Pernathprijs and the Publieksprijs Herman de Coninckprijs.

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organized by Passa Porta Théâtre des Martyrs

15:00 – 16:00
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Jeroen Olyslaegers
In conversation with Matthijs de Ridder
NLInterviewBook signing

After Wij and Winst, Jeroen Olyslaegers concluded his trilogy about Flanders with the ambitious war novel WIL (2016). The recipient of the Arkprijs van het Vrije Woord for his ‘genuine social engagement in words and initiatives’. A conversation about fiction, historical reality, activism and social criticism.

with Jeroen Olyslaegers and Matthijs de Ridder

© Koen Broos

Jeroen Olyslaegers (b. 1967) is a Flemish novelist and playwright. With his remarkable war novel WIL, he recently completed his trilogy about twentieth-century Flanders (Wij, 2009, Winst, 2012, WIL, 2016). In 2014 he received the Arkprijs van het Vrije Woord for his ‘genuine social engagement in words and initiatives’. He also wrote texts for Jan Fabre’s marathon show Mount Olympus (2015).

Matthijs de Ridder (b. 1979) is a writer, critic and editor at the literary review nY. He has edited work by Louis Paul Boon, Paul van Ostaijen and Gaston Burssens, among others. Recent publications include Rebelse ritmes: Hoe jazz & literatuur elkaar vonden (2012) and Behoud de Begeerte: Een literaire geschiedenis 1984-2014 (2014).
 

organized by Passa Porta

15:00 – 16:00
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Céline Minard
In conversation with Laurent de Sutter
FRInterviewBook signing

A singular writer, Céline Minard is always surprising. Le grand jeu, in which the narrator confronts her solitude, is no exception. Meet this unclassifiable author with a passion for mountains and philosophy.

with Céline Minard and Laurent de Sutter

© Lea Crespi

Céline Minard is the author of several novels, including Le Dernier Monde (2007), Bastard Battle (2008) and Faillir être flingué (2014). She has since been considered one of the most original voices of contemporary literature, a reputation confirmed by Le Grand Jeu, released in 2016.

When he isn’t teaching legal theory at VUB or the theory of fashion at NYU Paris, he writes short books that explore the links between the law, pictures and transgression. He is also the editor of a number of series that stimulate thought on topical subjects. He has featured several times in the top 100 of the year’s cultural personalities of Les Inrocks and Technikart.
 

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

15:00 – 16:00
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We Can Be Heroes
FR, EN, SP, FIReading

Négar Djavadi, Almudena Grandes, Sofi Oksanen and Lionel Shriver – four prominent authors participating in the Passa Porta Festival – search in their writings for heroic men and women. They will read from their work, each in their own language, and show what heroism means to them today.

with Almudena Grandes Lionel Shriver Négar Djavadi Sofi Oksanen

© Ivan Giménez

Almudena Grandes (b. 1960) debuted in 1989 with the controversial erotic novel The Ages of Lulu. Since then she has written 11 novels and 3 collections of stories, winning various literary prizes. With The Frozen Heart, a monumental novel about the civil war and the dark years that followed, she has written a ‘Sorrow of Spain’. In her latest novel, Los besos en el pan, she describes the harsh reality of the financial crisis.

© Eva Vermandel

American author Lionel Shriver (b. 1957) is acclaimed for her socially critical novels. Her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize and was made into a successful film starring Tilda Swinton. Shriver does not shy away from taboos in her work: she has questioned motherly love and written about the obesity epidemic and caused a riot on the subject of cultural appropriation.

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Born in Tehran in 1969, Négar Djavadi fled Iran ten years later to join her father in exile in Paris. After studying in Brussels at Insas, she taught film at Paris VIII and as a director saw her work selected for many festivals. In her first novel, Désorientale (2016), she relates the destiny of an Iranian family across three generations through the souvenirs of her heroine, Kimiâ Sadr.

© Toni Harkonen

The Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen (b. 1977) is one of the most prominent European writers of our age. Her work has been translated into more than 50 languages. Oksanen debuted in 2003 with Stalinin lehmät and broke through internationally with Purge, for which she won the Nordic Council Literature Prize, among others. In her latest novel, Norma (2016), she introduces fantasy elements into a macabre crime story.

organized by Passa Porta KVS

15:00 – 16:00
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Dag Solstad
In conversation with Hege Duckert
NO > ENInterviewBook signing

Conversation with the acclaimed Norwegian writer’s writer who counts Haruki Murakami, Lydia Davis and Peter Handke among his fans. Having notoriously refused to give interviews for years, this is a unique opportunity to meet a legend.

"Dag Solstad has been to Scandinavian literature what Philip Roth has been to American letters or Günter Grass to German writing: an unavoidable voice." - The Paris Review, 2016. 
 

with Dag Solstad and Hege Duckert

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Dag Solstad (b. 1941) is the greatest living Norwegian author, or so claim his fellow countrymen Per Petterson and Karl Ove Knausgård. He has been praised for his ‘new old-fashioned elegance’, endlessly meandering sentences and a unique sort of dry humour. The author of 18 novels, many short stories and essays, he sees himself mainly as a political author, one who writes in the tradition of Thomas Mann.

Hege Duckert (b. 1962) is the former Director of the Arts and Culture Department of the NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked as an arts journalist for many years and is the author of four non-fiction books.

organized by Passa Porta Norwegian Embassy in Brussels De Munt | La Monnaie NORLA

15:00 – 16:00
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Rosa Montero
In conversation with Kathy Mathys
ES > ENInterview

With La ridicula idea de no volver a verte, Spain’s most versatile author has written a gripping new chapter in her unclassifiable oeuvre. A conversation about the literature of mourning and the power of the imagination.

with Rosa Montero and Kathy Mathys

© Patricia A. Llaneza

After studying psychology and journalism, Rosa Montero (b. 1951) grew to become one of Spain’s most famous writers and journalists. She refuses to limit herself to a single genre and writes both realistic and more imaginative novels, always odes to the imagination. She calls creativity ‘an alchemical attempt to turn suffering into beauty’. Montero’s novels have sold millions of copies and been translated into more than 20 languages.

 


 

Kathy Mathys (b. 1972) is a literary journalist and writer. She studied Germanic languages at Ghent University. In April 2015 she published her first book, Smaak: Een bitterzoete verkenning.


 

organized by Passa Porta Air Europa Beursschouwburg De Munt | La Monnaie Instituto Cervantes Embassy of Spain in Belgium / Spain Arts & Culture Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek

15:00 – 16:00
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Dulce Maria Cardoso & José Eduardo Agualusa
In conversation with Harrie Lemmens
ENInterview

Dulce Maria Cardoso and José Eduardo Agualusa talk about their youth in Angola and the impact that the war of independence had on their country, culture and writing. A conversation with their translator about writing in the wake of a national trauma.

with Dulce Maria Cardoso José Eduardo Agualusa and Harrie Lemmens

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Portuguese author Dulce Maria Cardoso (b. 1964) spent her childhood in Angola. After studying law she turned to writing with great success. Her debut novel at once won Portugal’s greatest literary award. Her second novel, Os Meus sentimentos, won the first European Literature Award and drew international attention. Cardoso hates being identifiable, and so she invents a new writing style for each book.

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José Eduardo Agualusa was born in Angola in 1960 and is one of the most important literary voices in the lusophone world. His novel The Book of Chameleons won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007, and his recent novel, A General Theory of Oblivion, was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Agualusa lives between Portugal, Angola and Brazil.

Harrie Lemmens (b. 1953) is a translator from Portuguese. He has translated Pessoa, Saramago, Lobo Antunes, Clarice Lispector, Mia Couto, Agualusa and Dulce Maria Cardoso, among others into Dutch. In 2006 he won the translation prize of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. He is also the author of a book on Brazil, God is een Braziliaan (2014).

organized by Passa Porta Uitgeverij Koppernik

15:00 – 16:00
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Caroline Lamarche & Alain Berenboom
Authors in Dialogue
FRInterview

These two Belgian writers know and like each other. As a result, they have accepted to read each other’s latest book (respectively, Dans la maison un grand cerf and Hong Kong Blues) and to interview one another in public.

with Alain Berenboom Caroline Lamarche

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Alain Berenboom was born in Brussels in 1947, the son of immigrant parents. He released his first novel in 1990, La position du missionnaire roux. It was followed by, among others, Le Lion noir (2000), Périls en ce Royaume (2007), Le Roi du Congo (2009) and Monsieur Optimiste (2013), Prix Victor Rossel, which recounts the life of his parents after they immigrated. In 2015 he was awarded the literary prize of the authors’ society SCAM for his oeuvre.

© Estelle Michiels

Caroline Lamarche is one of Belgium’s most famous French-speaking authors. Her debut novel Le jour du chien (1996) won the Prix Victor Rossel. Her latest novel is La mémoire de l'air (2014), and this year she will release Dans la maison un grand cerf.

organized by Passa Porta Tropismes Librairie

15:00 – 16:00
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Niña Weijers
In conversation with Silvie Moors
NLInterviewBook signing

Silvie Moors talks to Dutch writer Niña Weijers (The Consequences, forthcoming in 2017) about writing and deleting, life and literature.

with Niña Weijers and Silvie Moors

© Annaleen Louwes

Niña Weijers (b. 1987) studied literature in Amsterdam and Dublin. She has written short stories and essays for various reviews and in 2010 she won the writing competition Write Now! She writes for De Groene Amsterdammer and is an editor at De Gids. In May 2014 she published her debut novel De consequenties, which won the Anton Wachterprijs.

Silvie Moors is the artistic director of DE DAGEN, an organisation that promotes reading and shares literature with the underprivileged.

organized by Passa Porta De DAGEN Muntpunt

15:00 – 17:00
festival! Kids
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Als ik een boek was...
Family Workshop with André Letria
NLWorkshopKids8+

A playful and creative workshop on how to invent surprising word-and-image combinations, under the supervision of André Letria. This Portuguese illustrator and his father José Jorge are the authors of If I were a book …, a wonderful picture book that invites its reader to search for the many shapes a book can take. For max. 12 children and parents. Reservation: mail@abc-web.be

with André Letria

© Joana Berrones

André Letria (b. 1973) is a famous Portuguese illustrator and publisher of mainly children’s books. His work has been translated into several languages and won the Gulbenkian Award and the Portuguese Illustration Award. Titles include The Moon Has Written You a Poem (with José Jorge Letria), Run, Pumpkin, Run (with Eva Mejuto) and If I Were a Book (with José Jorge Letria).

organized by Passa Porta ABC Transbook

15:30 – 15:45
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Maartje Wortel
Read Write Repeat
NLInterviewBook signing

Maartje Wortel selects a fragment from world literature that urges her to write. Sven Speybrouck (Radio 1) investigates what it is about it that continuously overwhelms and inspires her.

with Maartje Wortel and Sven Speybrouck

© Keke Keukelaar

Maartje Wortel (1982) is a Dutch writer of novels, short stories and columns. She has been praised for her wry and crystal-clear narrative voice. In 2015 she published her short-story collection Er moet iets gebeuren, an autobiographical tale about the imagination and desire. Her latest book is Goudvissen en beton (2016). Several of her stories have been translated into German, French, English and Italian.

Sven Speybrouck (b. 1968) is a Flemish radio and television presenter. Together with Koen Filet he presents De interne keuken on Radio 1.

organized by Passa Porta Muntpunt

16:00 – 16:30
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Peter Holvoet-Hanssen & Laurence Vielle
Poetrymobile
NL, FRPerformancePoetry

In an old Citroën fitted with a sound installation on the roof, Peter Holvoet-Hanssen unfolds his Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry. Together with Belgium’s national poet Laurence Vielle, he steeps the Brussels city centre in poems. They make a stop on the Arduinkaai/Quai aux Pierres de Taille.

with Laurence Vielle Peter Holvoet-Hanssen

© Andy Huysmans

Laurence Vielle (b. 1968) is a Belgian French-speaking poet and actress. For her, poetry and the spoken word are inextricably connected. She loves letting words sound out and giving them rhythm. She writes for the stage and for radio, always with the listener in mind. In 2016-2017 she is Belgium’s national poet. Her poetry has been published by maelstrÖm, among others.

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poetenational.be

© Patrick De Spiegelaere

Writer and poet Peter Holvoet-Hanssen (b. 1960) is one of the most colourful figures of Flemish poetry. He has won many prizes for his poetry collections, from the Debuutprijs to the Cultuurprijs of the Flemish Community. In 2014 he published ‘music-box poems’ in Miavoye, a tribute to Paul Van Ostaijen. His Gedichten voor de kleine reus were published in 2016, and in 2017 he released Wereld van de Poëzie in kaart, a trail through the history of poetry.

organized by Passa Porta

16:00 – 17:00
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Shamisa Debroey & Max de Radiguès
Graphic Daredevils
NL, FRPerformanceIllustration

Illustrators Shamisa Debroey and Max de Radiguès aren’t afraid to take risks to reveal to you the ultimate truth. Go and ask one of them your most pressing question. The long-awaited answer will be yours within just a few minutes.

with Max de Radiguès Shamisa Debroey

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Born in Belgium in 1982, Max de Radiguès studied at Institut Saint-Luc, before working as a bookseller and publisher. His book Pendant ce temps à White River Junction was selected at the international cartoon festival of Angoulême in 2012. He then published Frangins (2011), 520 km (2012) and Weegee (2016) with Wauter Mannaert. His latest album is La cire moderne, in collaboration with children’s author Vincent Cuvellier.

© Jeroen Vanneste

Shamisa Debroey (b. 1989) studied cartoon and illustration at Sint-Lukas Brussel, where she graduated first of her class with the graphic novel Verdwaald (2013), in which she mixes autobiographical elements with a lively imagination. She currently works as a freelance illustrator for, among others, Apple, Samsung, Één, De Standaard, De Morgen and Focus Knack.

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

16:00 – 17:30
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Aliénor Debrocq & Andy Fierens
Portrait Writers
NL, FRPerformance

Take a moment to sit for short-story writer Aliénor Debrocq or poet and performer Andy Fierens. They will draw your features in words and cast your innermost feelings in a unique portrait.

with Aliénor Debrocq Andy Fierens

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Born in Mons in 1983, Aliénor Debrocq lives in Brussels. The author of a dissertation in art history on the Cobra movement, she teaches literature and cultural affairs in three art colleges. She is also a journalist for La Première and Le Soir, conducts writing workshops and has been writing fiction for many years. She has published a collection of short stories, Cruise control (2013).

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Because of his hilarious and merciless texts and his uncompromising performances, poet and performer Andy Fierens (b. 1976) is a bit of an outsider in the Flemish literary scene. In 2009 he debuted with the collection Grote Smerige Vlinder (Herman de Coninck Debuutprijs). In 2013 he published with Michaël Brijs the novel Astronaut van Oranje. Een Vlaams epos. One year later he released his second collection, Wonderbra's en pepperspray.

organized by Passa Porta

16:30 – 17:30
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Négar Djavadi
In conversation with Jean-Claude Vantroyen
FRInterview

Négar Djavadi attracted a lot of attention with her literary debut Désorientale, which calls to mind both Virginie Despentes and Salman Rushdie. A big fan of Brussels, she will talk about her atypical itinerary, between Iran and France.

with Négar Djavadi and Jean-Claude Vantroyen

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Born in Tehran in 1969, Négar Djavadi fled Iran ten years later to join her father in exile in Paris. After studying in Brussels at Insas, she taught film at Paris VIII and as a director saw her work selected for many festivals. In her first novel, Désorientale (2016), she relates the destiny of an Iranian family across three generations through the souvenirs of her heroine, Kimiâ Sadr.

Jean-Claude Vantroyen is a journalist. After occupying almost every position at Le Soir, he became the head of the culture department and is now in charge of the paper’s literary supplement, Les Livres du Soir. He also writes on jazz for the same newspaper.
 

organized by Passa Porta Amnesty International Belgique francophone Le Salon littéraire du Musée et Jardins van Buuren

16:30 – 17:30
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Culture of Fear?
Frank Furedi, Lieven De Cauter, Tinneke Beeckman, François De Smet, Karel Verhoeve
ENDebate

Twenty years after his much-discussed book Culture of Fear, the renowned British-Hungarian sociologist Frank Furedi will engage in a debate with the Belgian intellectuals Tinneke Beeckman, Lieven De Cauter and François de Smet.

with François De Smet Frank Furedi Lieven De Cauter Tinneke Beeckman and Karel Verhoeven

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François de Smet (b. 1977) is a French-speaking Belgian philosopher and writer. He is also the director of Myria, the Belgian Federal Migration Centre. Recent titles include Reductio ad Hitlerum (2014), Petit guide de survie en Belgique fédérale (with Pierre Kroll) and La marche des ombres: Réflexions sur les enjeux de la migration (winner of the 2015 Prix du Livre politique). He has also co-authored a comic book with Thierry Bouûart entitled Les droits de l’homme: Une idéologie moderne.
 

© Patrick Post

Frank Furedi (b. 1947) is a Hungarian-British sociologist, author and political commentator who writes for The Guardian, among others. In 1997 he released the first edition of his influential book Culture of Fear. Other titles include Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? (2006), Invitation to Terror (2007), Authority (2011), The Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter (2015) and What’s Happened to the University (2016).

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Lieven De Cauter (b. 1959) is a cultural philosopher, lecturer, activist and writer. Titles of his include The Capsular Civilization: On the City in the Age of Fear (2004), De Oorsprongen of het boek der verbazing (2011), De alledaagse Apocalyps: Van Nine-Eleven tot de Arabische Lente (2011) and Metamoderniteit voor beginners (2015).

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Tinneke Beeckman (b. 1976) is a philosopher and political commentator. She teaches at the School of Life in Antwerp founded by Alain de Botton and has published articles in, among others, De Standaard and De Morgen. In 2015 she released her book Macht en onmacht: Een verkenning van de hedendaagse aanslag op de Verlichting. On Spinoza’s thought she has published Door Spinoza’s lens (2012), among others.

organized by Passa Porta KVS

16:30 – 17:30
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Véronique Bergen & Tristan Garcia
Une vie intense
FRDebate

Our fear of banality governs our lives; our search for intensity is relentless. But isn’t this rather recent thirst for ‘powerful’ experiences, for intensity also illustrative of the trouble we have accepting life as it is? The authors discuss the matter. Moderator: Laurent de Sutter.

with Tristan Garcia Véronique Bergen and Laurent de Sutter

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Tristan Garcia is a writer and philosopher. Haunted by the spectre of modernity, his novels have earned him many prizes, including the Prix de Flore for Hate: A Romance (2008) and the Prix du Livre Inter for 7 (2015). His most recent essay is entitled La vie intense (2016).

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Véronique Bergen is a writer and philosopher. She is the author of an extensive body of work that includes essays, novels and poetry, and which feature defining figures of our age. Recent publications include Le cri de la poupée (2015), Comprendre Sartre (2015) and Fétichismes (2016).

When he isn’t teaching legal theory at VUB or the theory of fashion at NYU Paris, he writes short books that explore the links between the law, pictures and transgression. He is also the editor of a number of series that stimulate thought on topical subjects. He has featured several times in the top 100 of the year’s cultural personalities of Les Inrocks and Technikart.
 

organized by Passa Porta Beursschouwburg

16:30 – 17:30
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P.F. Thomése
In conversation with Piet Piryns
NLInterview

P.F. Thomése is as brilliant as he is unpredictable. Intimate prose about loss alternates effortlessly with dirty road novels and shrewd essays. Brace yourself for a conversation with the most ungraspable author of the Netherlands.

with P.F. Thomése and Piet Piryns

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P.F. Thomése (b. 1958)  is one of the most versatile writers of the Dutch-speaking region: novelist, essayist, polemicist, storyteller, ironist and sharp cultural critic: fearless and accurate and always surprising. He has been nominated for awards many times and translated into more than 20 languages. His latest novel, De onderwaterzwemmer, won the readers’ prize of the Fintro Literatuurprijs.

organized by Passa Porta Uitgeverij Atlas Contact KVS

16:30 – 17:30
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Sofi Oksanen & Saskia De Coster
ENInterview

The Finnish-Estonian literary star Sofi Oksanen makes historical events understandable in her novels. In a conversation about her work with Flemish writer Saskia De Coster she lets her light shine on shared concerns such as the refugee crisis and contemporary feminism.

Book signing Sofi Oksanen: Sun 26.03, 13:00, Beursschouwburg

with Saskia De Coster Sofi Oksanen

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Saskia De Coster (b. 1976) is a columnist, visual artist, playwright, video artist and opinion maker, but above all the author of brilliant novels. With her next-to-last book, We and Me, she has definitely earned a place among the literary greats. In 2015 she released Wat alleen wij horen. Her work has been translated into ten languages.

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The Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen (b. 1977) is one of the most prominent European writers of our age. Her work has been translated into more than 50 languages. Oksanen debuted in 2003 with Stalinin lehmät and broke through internationally with Purge, for which she won the Nordic Council Literature Prize, among others. In her latest novel, Norma (2016), she introduces fantasy elements into a macabre crime story.

organized by Passa Porta BOZAR LITERATURE The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux Uitgeverij Prometheus

16:30 – 17:30
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Lionel Shriver
In conversation with Ruth Joos
ENInterview

The dollar is in free fall, the president is advocating isolationism and a wall is being built … by Mexico. In her futuristic novel The Mandibles, bestselling author Lionel Shriver paints a darkly humorous portrait of America.

with Lionel Shriver and Ruth Joos

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American author Lionel Shriver (b. 1957) is acclaimed for her socially critical novels. Her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize and was made into a successful film starring Tilda Swinton. Shriver does not shy away from taboos in her work: she has questioned motherly love and written about the obesity epidemic and caused a riot on the subject of cultural appropriation.

Ruth Joos (b. 1976) is a Flemish radio presenter, known from the radio programme Joos en De wereld vandaag.
 

organized by Passa Porta Uitgeverij Atlas Contact De Munt | La Monnaie

18:00 – 19:30
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Annie Ernaux
In conversation with Ysaline Parisis
FR, NLInterviewBook launch

A major figure of contemporary French literature, Annie Ernaux (Mémoire de fille) has created a body of work that is essentially autobiographical, in which she searches for herself as though she were a stranger whose memory she has. Taking an approach that is quite close to sociology, and writing in a style whose neutrality she defends, Ernaux evokes her parents and their social evolution, her sexuality and her abortion. Published in 2008, Les années is a kind of impersonal autobiography which matured in her for a long time and won almost unanimous praise. The meeting will be preceded by a reading of Mémoire de fille by the actress Virginie Efira.

with Annie Ernaux and Ysaline Parisis Virginie Efira

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Born into a rather modest milieu, Annie Ernaux obtained her agrégation in modern literature. She published Cleaned Out in 1974, then developed a body of work composed of autobiographical texts, including A Man’s Place (1984, Prix Renaudot), Les Années (2008) which won several prizes, and the anthology Écrire la vie (2011). Here latest book, Mémoire de fille, was published in 2016.

A journalist and literary critic, Ysaline Parisis writes for Focus and Le Vif/L’Express, where she is in charge of the cultural department. She collaborates regularly with RTBF and Passa Porta.
 

A Belgian actress, Virginie Efira began her career as a TV presenter. She made a name for herself in cinema with L'amour c'est mieux à deux (2010) and 20 ans d'écart (2013), then shot to fame in 2016 with Victoria, a drama presented at Cannes.
 

organized by Passa Porta BOZAR LITERATURE

18:00 – 19:30
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Connie Palmen & Herman Koch
Forbidden Fruits
NLInterview

At the start of the Dutch Boekenweek, of which the theme this year is Forbidden Fruits, the two leading Dutch authors Connie Palmen and Herman Koch will conduct a conversation about the hedonist who wants to, is not allowed to, but does anyway.

with Connie Palmen Herman Koch

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Connie Palmen (b. 1955) immediately set the tone with her debut novel The Laws for a glorious career in literature. Her acclaimed novels of ideas have since appeared in record editions. With I.M. (1998), her ode to her late partner Ischa Meijer, Palmen introduced the widow novel in Dutch literature. Her latest novel, Jij zegt het (2015), won the 2016 Libris Literatuurprijs. Connie Palmen is the author of the Boekenweek essay 2017.

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Herman Koch (b. 1953) is renowned as both a television maker (Jiskefet) and a writer. In 2009 he published The Dinner, the novel with which he broke through internationally and of which the American adaptation, with Richard Gere in the lead, will soon premiere. Koch’s writing style has recently earned him an eponymous adjective: ‘Kochian’, meaning, crystal clear, witty and thrilling. Herman Koch is the author of the Boekenweek gift 2017.

organized by Passa Porta Boek.be KVS Uitgeverij Ambo Anthos Uitgeverij Prometheus