Offside: Hitting the books
Every year, the Flemish publishing industry organisation Boek.be delivers a selection of books to Flanders' ministers that relates to their portfolio
Everyone received De hemel van de verbeelding: Zestig brieven over kunst (The Paradise of the Imagination: Sixty Letters About Art), a book of letters from a diverse array of people, including artists, politicians and scientists.
Each minister then received two books related to his or her function. For instance, one of the books received by minister-president and heritage minister Geert Bourgeois was Een walvis in de stad (A Whale in the City) by Nathalie Poot, about scientific collections.
Ben Weyts, minister for mobility and public works, will be cracking open From Flux to Frame by Maarten Van Acker on infrastructure and urbanisation. Sven Gatz, culture minister, shall peruse the new edition of the annual yearbook The Low Countries.
Liesbeth Homans, minister for integration and equal opportunities, has Milady! by former senator Marleen Temmerman and Tine Maenhout on women’s rights. Philippe Muyters, minister for work and innovation, will be reading De wereld redden (Saving the World) by Michel Bauwens on the digital economy. Annemie Turtelboom, budget and finance, has received De limieten van de markt (The Limits of the Market) by economist Paul De Grauwe.
Het kind van onze dromen (The Child of Our Dreams) by the government’s own children’s rights commissioner Bruno Vanobbergen has fallen into the hands of welfare minister Jo Vandeurzen, while education minister Hilde Crevits has been given De becijferde school (The School Quantified) by professor Roger Standaert.
But it’s environment minister Joke Schauvliege who really lucked out: She found in her stack Gloob en Teo: Feest in het Bos (Gloob and Teo: Party in the Woods) by Gunter Segers, in which Gloob tries to organise a sustainable party for his friend Teo.
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