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Book Oral History on longlist of the first edition Prijs voor het Belangrijkste Boek

The book Oral History – The People and Their Stories by our steering committee member Selma Leydesdorff (historian and emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam) is on the longlist of the most important (non-fiction) books of 2021! A beautiful and deserved nomination!


The longlist of the Prize for the Most Important Book, a new prize for the best Dutch-language non-fiction book, was announced on Tuesday. The jury chose fifteen titles from almost four hundred entries. The list is a collection of books that you have to read now to understand these times; they are relevant, influential and offer a new perspective.


The first jury of the Prize, financed by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and a number of private donors, includes besides Rasch also writer Saskia De Coster, political journalist Ivan De Vadder, historian Nadia Bouras and Karel Degraeve, deputy editor-in-chief of Knack, also media partner. The author of the winning book receives 15,000 euros.


You can read more about the nominations here.

Curious about Selma Leydesdorff’s book and the development of oral history? Take a look at this page