De Bezige Bij
De Bezige Bij (The Busy Bee) is one of the leading literary publishers in the Netherlands for both Dutch and translated literature, fiction and non-fiction.
The Busy Bee was founded officially in 1944, and publishes a wide range of Dutch fiction: from Harry Mulisch and Hugo Claus to Jan Siebelink and Gerard Reve. The same applies to translated literary fiction: James Joyce side by side with John Irving, Amos Oz and Marcel Proust. In this impressive variety of literary styles, there is one common feature: quality. Since a few years The Busy Bee is manifesting itself as publisher of non-fiction by leading Dutch and international authors. The main focus of this list has always been the Second World War and history in general, but the number of titles in other areas of non-fiction is increasing. Memoirs and biographies have become more important genres, but there are books on current affairs, social criticism, religion, the arts and economy too.
The Busy Bee also has a number of other publishing activities. Under its wing, one finds: Thomas Rap (sports and stand-up comedy), Cargo (crime fiction, upmarket fiction and narrative non-fiction), Zoem (audio books), Oog & Blik (graphic novels) and Ludion (art books).
Contact: mr Hayo Deinum: h.deinum@REMOVE.debezigebij.nl