Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Dear Friends,
I was saddened earlier today to learn that Janwillem van de Wetering, the former Buddhist monk who wrote gentle novels about Detective de Gier and Adjutant Grijpstra, died last month. A Dutch writer who wrote in English, he moved to the United States some years ago, settling in Maine with his wife and daughter dividing his time between writing and meditation. When he first moved to America, he came down to the bookshop to sign copies of his books for our clients and was an affable, relentlessly smiling fellow who was always a welcome presence at the store. I don't know any more details, but his passing appears to have been largely ignored, except for a brief obit in the N.Y. Times. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Otto

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