Dutch writer’s work inspires discussion series

ELLSWORTH — The late Janwillem van de Wetering’s crime fiction and other books are the focus of a book discussion series kicking off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ellsworth Public Library. Held the second Saturday of each month, the series will run until October.

As part of the series, participants will read a different book of van de Wetering, who was born in The Netherlands, but lived in Surry before his death in 2008. The author is well known for his detective novels featuring Amsterdam adjutant-detective Henk Grijpstra and the cat-loving sergeant Rinus de Gier, who investigate the city’s most unusual murder cases while pondering Zen philosophy.

At the Jan. 12 session, van de Wetering’s nonfiction book “A Glimpse of Nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community” will be discussed. The Feb. 9 session will focus on the author’s last book about Zen Buddhism, “Afterzen.” The series is free and open to the public. For more info, call 667-6363.

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