The LACE That Lived

“An evening with Rowling” was most definitely not the first event hosted by the Literary Activities Committee Etcetera (LACE). But, it was arguably the best. Zahia Siab’s enthusiasm was catching as she presented the evening in the Doelenzaal – that was hardly distinguishable from Hogwarts’ Great Hall. Gorgeous, atmospheric hall? Check. Hogwarts banners? Check. Drinks … More The LACE That Lived

Das Mag vs.

The Love-Hate Relationship between Publishers and Online Book Sales On March 31st, the Dutch book world was shocked when online sales giant removed all of publishing house Das Mag’s books from its website. The reason, according to Das Mag, is that the publisher refused’s new “collaboration contract”, which states that the popular webshop … More Das Mag vs.

Behind the Classic 3: Marital Intimacy and Women’s Rights in Jude the Obscure

This instalment of the Behind the Classic series looks at the women’s rights movement of the nineteenth century that forms the political backdrop of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. More specifically, it will discuss the issue of sex – or, to speak in more appropriate, Victorian terms – “conjugal rights” and a woman’s right to … More Behind the Classic 3: Marital Intimacy and Women’s Rights in Jude the Obscure

End of the Watch

A discussion of Harper Lee’s long-expected second novel Go Set a Watchman When 31-year-old Harper Lee first entered the office of publishing house J. B. Lippincott & Co., neither she, nor her editor could have expected her manuscript to become the global phenomenon it has become. The manuscript, titled Atticus, fell into the hands of … More End of the Watch