Twenty-seven stories from the Writers’ Hotel
The twenty-seven stories included in this book form the heart of a project that was begun during the long lockdown in the winter of 2020-21) with the working title Sheltering in the Writers’ Hotel.
Bookshops had been closed for months and for the authors there were no tours, no readings, no signings, no national Book Ball, no live awards ceremonies… The writers stayed away from the Ambassade Hotel and we missed them.
After all, what is a writers’ hotel without writers? pen without ink? This is how the idea came about to invite one author each week over six months to stay at the Ambassade Hotel and describe their writing lives at that time.
Throughout the period May to November 2021, the newspaper Het Parool published the Writers’ Hotel columns in its weekly Arts Section
Copyright © 2022 Ambassade Hotel
Copyright © 2022 This edition: Samsara Publishers, Amsterdam
Editorial: copy editors at the newspaper Het Parool and Marte Meijs
Original cover photo: RonaId Tilleman
Photography: Jasmine Gunther, Ireen Wyers and Adinda Bekema
Design cover and interior: Erik Thé, www.erikthedesign.com
Translation: Paul Evans
Copyediting: Vimbai Shire
This project came about thanks to the collaboration of:
The following companies in the Ambassade Group were involved in this project: