The Netherlands has just celebrated its annual Boekenweek (Book Week), but Radio Netherlands Worldwide said “even in other ‘normal’ weeks, bookshops notch up huge sales, for the Netherlands is a country of avid readers.”

“We are doing this now for the 75th time,” said Henk Kraima, director of the CPNB, a foundation that promotes Dutch literary works. “The idea originally came from the United States, where it died a slow death. The Netherlands is the only country where it has become such a revered tradition.”

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