The new agency for literature

Bee Rights, which is part of De Bezige Bij publishing house, is an agency for translation, film and theatre rights for authors who are not published by De Bezige Bij. It was launched in January, 2019. In the fall of 2019 a speakers bureau was launched under the name Bee Speakers, which focuses on author presentations, readings and other speaking opportunities.

The first Bee Rights authors

Geert Mak

Geert Mak was born in 1946. He is a journalist and writer. His books include Amsterdam, How God Disappeared from Jorwerd, My Father’s Century, In Europe and The Many Lives of Jan Six. He has won numerous awards, including the Leipziger Buchpreis and the Prins Bernhard Cultural Oeuvre Prize. His new book Great Expectations will be published by Atlas Contact in November 2019. A TV series based on Great Expectations will be broadcasted in the autumn of 2019 on Dutch television, radio and online. Geert Mak’s work has been translated in twenty-two languages.
Geert Mak was born in 1946. He is a journalist and writer. His books include Amsterdam, How God Disappeared from Jorwerd, My Father’s Century, In Europe and The Many Lives of Jan Six. He has won numerous awards,...
Geert Mak
(c) Vincent Mentzel

Eva Rovers

Eva Rovers (b. 1978) is a cultural historian with a PhD from the University of Groningen. Her biographies of art collector Helene Kröller-Müller and writer Boudewijn Büch received great critical acclaim. The Kröller-Müller-biography was awarded the prestigious National Biography Award. Together with filmmaker Leo de Boer, she produced a documentary film about Kröller-Müller’s turbulent life. Eva was guest editor for the Oxford Journal of the History of Collections, and editor of the Dutch journal Tijdschrift voor Biografie. Besides biographies Eva Rovers wrote various books on civil resistance and other ways individuals can change the world. Her philosophical essay Ik kom in opstand, dus wij zijn. Nieuw Licht op verzet (I Rebel – Therefor We Are. Casting a Different Light on Resistance) was shortlisted for the Socrates Award. With Practivisme. Een handboek voor heimelijke rebellen (Practivism. A Handbook for Closeted Rebels) she empowered many people who had never considered themselves to be rebels.
Eva Rovers (b. 1978) is a cultural historian with a PhD from the University of Groningen. Her biographies of art collector Helene Kröller-Müller and writer Boudewijn Büch received great critical acclaim. The Kröller-Müller-biography was...
Eva Rovers

Jaap Scholten

Jaap Scholten (b. 1963) has lived in Hungary since 2003, alternating between Budapest and the countryside, surrounded by wild boars and jackals. Scholten made his debut in 1995 with his novel Eighty, which quickly found its way to the longlist of the AKO Literature Prize, as did Morning Star in 2000. In 2008, Spengler’s Law was chosen as Book of the Year by bookseller chain Selexyz. His book Comrade Baron (2010) won the 2011 Libris History Prize. Scholten’s book Horizon City was published by AFdH Publishers in 2014. Later this year his new novel Sugar Bastard will be published by Pluim. His work has been translated in multiple languages.
Jaap Scholten (b. 1963) has lived in Hungary since 2003, alternating between Budapest and the countryside, surrounded by wild boars and jackals. Scholten made his debut in 1995 with his novel Eighty, which quickly found its way to the...
Jaap Scholten
(c) Annina Romita

Dimitri Verhulst

Dimitri Verhulst (b. 1972) has written novels, short stories, poems, essays and plays. His novels The Alasness of Things and Problemski were both filmed. He has won just about every award an author can win: among other prizes the Libris Literature Prize and the Golden Owl Reader’s Choice Award. He is adored for his humour, sharp observations and turns of phrase, as well as his perceptive characters sketches. In 2018, cinemas screened Angel, which was based on his 2011 book Monologue by Someone Grown Used to Talking to Himself. Verhulst’s new novel The Harvest of the Plums was published by Pluim in June 2019. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages.
Dimitri Verhulst (b. 1972) has written novels, short stories, poems, essays and plays. His novels The Alasness of Things and Problemski were both filmed. He has won just about every award an author can win: among other prizes...
Dimitri Verhulst
(c) Stephan Vanfleteren

Bee Speakers

Bee Rights also includes Bee Speakers, a speakers bureau that focuses on a specific part of the market regarding author presentations, readings and other speaking events.