Curaçao through the eyes of Pierre Lauffer

5 09 2012

Publishing house In the Knipscheer organises an evening with reading, interview, lecture, film and music around the Curaçao poet Pierre Lauffer in response to the presentation of the biography Het bewogen leven van een bevlogen dichter [The life of an inspired poet] by Bernadette Heiligers.

Pierre Lauffer (1920-1981) belongs to the most important poets of Curaçao. He is the man who defied the spirit of the times in order to create literature in his beloved Papiamento, the language that when, under the influence of the colonial thinking, was branded by many as ugly and indeficient. Through his poetry the reader learns about the society in which he grew up. And his stories written in Dutch written shows the Dutch reader how much beauty his country has to offer.

Two more books will be launched that evening:
– the debut novel Woestijnzand [Desert Sand, ed.] by Elodie Heloïse and
Terug tot Tovar [Back to Tovar, ed.], the new novella by Hans Vaders.

Sign session with authors afterwards

The following persons give their cooperation: biographer Bernadette Heiligers, Prof. Dr. Wim Rutgers (connected as Professor at the UA on Aruba and UNA on Curaçao), translators Lucille Berry-Haseth and Fred de Haas and artist Robin Akkerman.

Date: september 16th, 2012
Time: 3 p.m.  (hall open 2.30 p.m.)
Location: Podium Mozaïek, Bos en Lommerweg 191,  Amsterdam

Impression of the lecture on the postcolonial Aruban lit

13 04 2012

Last april the 1rst writer Quito Nicolaas delivered a lecture on the rise and development of the postcolonial Aruban literature. An interesting lecture which was en eye-opener for some people in the audience and which gave some interesting results. The lecture was organised by Caribbean Lagoon. BookIsh Plaza was also there with Caribbean books.

Quito Nicolaas delivering his lecture

the audience

people relating

literary magazines in time

the audience from another angle

the change agents

browsing at the bookstall

interesting items

the author with friend anthropologist Francio Guadeloupe

with a fan of Verborgen leegte [Hidden Emptiness]

yet another fan

Lecture on the Aruban literature

31 03 2012