Deventer Boekenmarkt 2017
We were very excited to visit the remarkable Deventer Boekenmarkt earlier this month.
For the last 29 years, on the first Sunday of August the streets of the Dutch city of Deventer are literally filled (excuse the pun), with thousands of book stalls! The market stretches for over 6 kilometres, and showcases all kinds of books – from the secondhand book shops and antiquarian sellers, to self published novels and comic strip collections; people come from all over the Netherlands…and beyond.
The market is always popular, very organised and full of surprises. This year was no exception, and we found ourselves (armed with reading glasses and a wheel along bag) among an excited throng of over 125,000 visitors. It took us a full 8 hours to do the market justice. Thoroughly recommended!
For centuries, many printers and publishers have chosen Deventer as their base, and the city still houses many of national significance, alongside a wide variety of book shops and antiquarian book sellers.
Among other goodies, we managed to pick up some nineteenth century political cartoons, a French hand coloured folio atlas, some beautiful children’s books and a very nice Japanese postcard album.
The next Deventer Boekenmarkt takes place on Sunday, August 5, 2018