(Harderwijk, 1963) is deputy editor-in-chief and heads the cultural desk of the Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. He studied art history and co-wrote a number of books on the architectural history of Amsterdam and the history of Dutch architecture. Right now he is busy writing a book on Soestdijk Palace and a book on cultural entrepreneurship in Amsterdam. For De Groene Amsterdammer he wrote among others articles on the globalisation of visual arts in Peking, Vilnius, Istanbul and Liverpool as well as film reviews. Kleijn used to work for IdtV and was responsible for documentaries and made programmes on 19th and 20th centruy classical music.
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Contemporary readers yearn for true strories. In the bookstores there are piles of books with literary non-fiction and the jury of the AKO literature prize never nominated so much nonfiction. Why does the genre have such an appeal to readers and writers alike? And: how true is non-fiction really? How does the writer keep guard over the boundaris of pure fabrication? Gerrit Komrij, Kristien Hemmerechts, Naima el Bezaz and P.F. Thomése debated with practical instances from their own non-fiction. Komrij opened with the pamphlet Fake Buttocks, which was published in the weekly the Groene Amsterdammer the week after the festival. Host: Koen Kleijn.