Peter Buwalda

Peter Buwalda (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpeːtər byˈʋɑldaː]; born 30 December 1971) is a Dutch journalist, novelist and editor at various publishing houses.

Peter Buwalda
Buwalda (2019)
Buwalda (2019)
Born (1971-12-30) 30 December 1971 (age 49)
Brussels, Belgium[1]
OccupationJournalist, novelist, editor

Buwalda grew up in the village of Blerick[2] and was one of the founders of the Dutch literary magazine Wah-Wah. He wrote essays and stories for multiple magazines, and gained recognition after writing an essay titled "A diversion because of potholes. Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch" (original Dutch title: "Een omleiding wegens kuilen. Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, en Leopold von Sacher-Masoch"), which appeared in De Gids. Buwalda was editor of Kafka-Katern at the time.

His debut novel Bonita Avenue was published in 2010 by De Bezige Bij, one of the leading publishing houses in the Netherlands,[3][4] and was subsequently translated into English in 2014 by Jonathan Reeder. The novel was nominated for the Libris Literatuur Prijs 2011, de NS Publieksprijs 2011, de 25th AKO Literatuurprijs, and the Gouden Strop 2011. Buwalda was awarded the Academia Debutantenprijs,[5] the Selexyz Debuutprijs,[6] and the Tzumprijs in 2011, as well as the Anton Wachterprijs in 2012. Critics in the United Kingdom positively received and reviewed the novel.[7][8][9]


  • Peter Buwalda: Bonita Avenue. Translated by Jonathan Reeder. London, Puskhin Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-908968-17-3


  1. ^ - Interview with Peter Buwalda (Dutch) (Retrieved 15 September 2012)
  2. ^ "Buwalda wint Academica Literatuurprijs". Omroep Venlo (in Dutch). 22 September 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Anne Franks Het achterhuis werd afgewezen". Trouw (in Dutch). 22 December 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  4. ^ Hubben, Hub. (14 May 2004). "Illegaal was beter dan clandestien". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  5. ^ " - Buwalda wint Academica Literatuurprijs". Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  6. ^ " - Weer prijs voor Peter Buwalda". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  7. ^ Lowdon, Claire (28 May 2014). "The feelgood factor". The Times Literary Supplement. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  8. ^ Cummins, Anthony (22 April 2014). "Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  9. ^ Kidd, James (17 April 2014). "Dutch bestseller about internet porn lives up to hype". The Independent. Retrieved 21 July 2014.