The ECI Literature Prize for the best Dutch-language literary book of the past year has gone to De mensengenezer by Koen Peeters. This year the prize was awarded for the 31st time by a jury consisting of Dutch and Flemish critics in the Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. In addition to a cash prize of €50,000, the author was also presented with the statue symbolising the award. Koen Peeters was also presented with the ECI Readers’ Prize earlier in the evening.

ECI Literature Prize
After the jury chairman Thom de Graaf announced the winner, Koen Peeters was presented with the prize by Martin Michael Driessen, the winner of the ECI Literature Prize 2016. “The jury has chosen a clearly written book that goes beyond the anecdotal, a book that touches on the ineffable and teaches us that we should not search for the truth, but for the source," said Thom de Graaf.
With the stipend of €50,000 made available by the online bookshop ECI, the Stichting Jaarlijkse Literatuurprijs voor Fictie en Non-fictie (Annual Literature Prize for Fiction and Non-fiction Foundation) wants to enable the winner to devote himself fully to writing for an entire year. In addition to the winner, the other five nominees each received a cash prize of €5,000.

ECI Readers’ Prize
Earlier in the evening, Koen Peeters also received the Readers’ Prize of the ECI Literature Prize 2017 for his book De mensengenezer. The ECI Readers’ Prize, which this year was awarded for the second time, carries a cash prize of €10,000. This afternoon, the fifty members of the Readers Jury met to decide the winner. Just like this year, in 2016 Martin Michael Driessen won both the ECI Literature Prize and the ECI Readers’ Prize for his book Rivieren.

About the ECI Literature Prize
The ECI Literature Prize is awarded to the best literary work in the Dutch language in the categories of fiction and non-fiction. The Prize, which consists of a sum of €50,000, is awarded annually by a jury of critics from the Netherlands and Flanders. The authors of the other nominated books receive a prize of €5,000. The ECI Literature Prize is awarded to books published between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

The ECI Literature Prize is awarded under the auspices of the Stichting Jaarlijkse Literatuurprijs voor Fictie en Non-fictie (Annual Literature Prize for Fiction and Non-fiction Foundation) with the aim of promoting Dutch literature. The Foundation, chaired by Council of State member Winnie Sordrager, appoints an independent jury for this purpose.

About the ECI Readers’ Prize
In addition to the ECI Literature Prize, the ECI Readers’ Prize is also awarded in collaboration with the NRC newspaper and HUMO magazine. Fifty enthusiastic readers from the Netherlands and Flanders decide together which book on the short list they think is best. The winner receives a prize of €10,000.

The ECI Literature Prize and the Readers’ Prize are co-sponsored by ECI. The aim of this co-operation is to bring the nominated books and the winning book to the attention of the widest possible audience.

About ECI
ECI was founded in 1967 to stimulate reading in the Netherlands. The company was restarted in 2014 with the help of Novamedia. ECI works according to the conviction that reading books enriches, connects and helps to make the world a more beautiful place. Since 2014, the former book club has been transformed into - an online bookshop where everyone can buy books easily. ECI employs true book-lovers who, together with specialists, help readers to find their next book.