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Wednesday, May 30 2018, the multiple award-winning Dutch author Annejet van der Zijl will visit The Netherland Club for the presentation of her latest book ‘An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew’.

This book tells the true story of a young girl in the Gilded Age who lives the American Dream and was one of the first Americans to become a princess. The book already hit The Wall Street Journal’s bestsellers list!

On this evening, in an interview with Vera Kuipers (Press & Cultural Department. – Consulate General), Annejet will tell about the life of Allene Tew, the main person in her book. And about how she came to her subject and this story. A lively conversation, with readings from the book and opportunity for questions from the audience.

The beautiful and impetuous Allene Tew is born to a pioneering family in Jamestown, Upstate New York in the late 1800s. She becomes the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream. Over the course of five marriages, she weathers personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witness the Russian Revolution and becomes a princess – an American princess.Annejet’s sweeping biography tells the adventurous life story of Allene Tew while giving readers a fascinating history of America at the turn of the century through World War II.


Annejet van der Zijl is one of the best-known and most widely read literary nonfiction writers in the Netherlands. She has written biographies of Dutch children’s author Annie M. G. Schmidt; Prince Bernhard, the husband of former Dutch queen Juliana; and Gerard Heineken, founder of the famous beer empire; as well as other works. Her nonfiction has been awarded the M. J. Brusse Prize for the best work of journalism and has been nominated for the Golden Owl and the AKO Literary Prize.An American Princess spent more than fifteen weeks at the top of the national bestseller list in the Netherlands and was short-listed for the Libris History Prize. In 2012, she was awarded the Golden Quill for her entire oeuvre.Copies of ‘An American Princess’ will be available for sale at the event.


TNC Members: FREE   |   Non-members: $15

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