One of our members, writer/journalist Diane Lemieux has written an autobiographical story which will appear in a collection of stories available in stores as of November 15.
The book, Sinterklaas overseas; adventures of a travelling Saint, portrays the ingenious and sometimes hilarious ways that the expat Dutch tries, at least once a year, to create that ‘home feeling’. We see Saint Nicholas arrive on the Mekong, the Nile, or the Yangtze rivers, to follow his route by horse, pick-up truck, rickshaw, camel or elephant.
The stories are told from various perspectives; as a child or adult participant, as an organiser, and even as the Saint himself. The book is edited by Paul Faber, curator for Africa at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, and published by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). It is a collection of 50 stories which describe this gift-giving event between 1907 and 2005.
For those who read Dutch, or who want to buy a special gift for a Dutch friend, the book is available in bookstores and on line. The English version is also available now! You can order it on trought this website (infocenter-resources)! In the section Boeken-Nederlands, type in Sinterklaas Overseas…
Dutch title: Sinterklaas overzee. Avonturen van een reislustige heilige ISBN: 90 6832 490 X.English title: Sinterklaas Overseas.