Kamil Bałuk over zijn boek Alle kinderen van Louis

“It’s a tale about human beings that I had to put into journalistic frames.” Kamil Bałuk, 31, schrijver & journalist, Warschau.

Kamil Bałuk over Detroit – Charlie LeDuff

“I wouldn’t dare to write a book like that, and that’s why I love it so much.” Kamil, 31, schrijver & journalist, Warschau.

Erika Fatland over haar boek De grens

“I decided to do that journey in reality, to travel around Russia, and write a book about it.” Erika, 36, schrijfster, Oslo.

Erika Fatland over Honger – Knut Hamsun

“I remember when I read it as a 14-year-old, I sat up all night, I couldn’t lay down.” Erika Fatland, 36, schrijfster, Oslo (NO).

Yanli over Raad eens hoeveel ik van je hou – Sam McBratney

“Laat andere mensen weten dat je van ze houdt, of zij van jou.” Yanli, 32, Utrecht.

Rosemary Sullivan over De weg naar het water – Barbara Gowdy

“The thing that Barbara does that nobody has tried is to get you inside the mind of the elephant.” Rosemary Sullivan, 71, biografe, dichter, Toronto (CA).

Rosemary Sullivan over haar boek De dochter van Stalin

“It made me understand that destiny is not a product of biology.” Rosemary Sullivan, 71, biografe, dichter, Toronto (CA).

Antjie Krog over The cry of Winnie Mandela – Njabulo Ndebele

“Why are white people always in the stories of black people?” Antjie Krog, 66, schrijfster, dichter, Kaapstad (ZA).

Medhini over De kraaien 1: List en leugens – Leigh Bardugo

“I love it because it’s such a unique perspective on criminals instead of the heroes.” Medhini, 17, student, Delft.

Linus over Eichmann in Jeruzalem – Hannah Arendt

“I think it’s my favourite book because of one particular thing, a chapter in history that somehow doesn’t get mentioned a lot in school education.” Linus, 23, muzikant, Amsterdam.

Paolo Cognetti over The call of the wild – Jack London

“I love the way that story speaks to my soul so much. Because I went to the mountains, to live in The Alps, looking for the same thing.” Paolo Cognetti, 41, schrijver, Milaan (IT).

Paolo Cognetti over zijn boek Sofia draagt altijd zwart

“In my mind I was so deeply in love with Sofia. And when I finished writing the book, it was like the end of a love story.” Paolo Cognetti, 41, schrijver, Milaan (IT).