Aleid Truijens will finalise her biography on Dutch writer Hella S. Haasse (1918-2011) during her fellowship at NIAS. Her biography is scheduled for publication by Querido in 2021, marking the ten year-anniversary of Haasse’s death. In 2011, Truijens wrote a well-received biography on another Dutch writer: Geluk kun je alleen schilderen – F.B. Hotz, het leven (De Arbeiderspers), which was nominated for the Erik Hazelhoff Biografieprijs 2012. Truijens made her literary debut in 2004 with the novel Geen nacht zonder, followed three years later by Vriendendienst, both published by Cossee. Her first novel is translated into German as Normal war gestern. Truijens is a literary critic at de Volkskrant and writes a weekly column for this newspaper.