Splinter Chabot’s “If Heaven Has Enough Room” is Rainbow Book of the Year

Splinter Chabot.  Image Brunopress

Splinter Chabot.Image Brunopress

Splinter Chabot won the Rainbow 100 election in 2021 and 2022, a public award from the Hebban.nl reader community and queer lifestyle magazine WinqNamewith his book Confetti rain. Despite the negative judgment of literary critics, his novel is today If heaven has enough room voted the most beautiful LGBTQ book of 2022. Second place goes to Pim Lammers with I think I was kidnapped. Lammers was seriously threatened this year after writing a poem for Children’s Book Week. He had to hide.

According to Martijn Kamphorst, editor-in-chief of WinqName, the increased focus on LGBTQ empowerment is reflected in the book offering: “It used to be that sometimes it was a real search for good LGBTQ books, but now you could fill several pages with reading tips. It’s incredibly beautiful and important for the community, but also for all those other people who want to broaden their view of the world by reading books.

thousands of voices

For Best Rainbow Book of the Year, the publishers of WinqName compiled a long list of over 70 queer books to be published in 2022. Readers could vote for these titles, but could also nominate a book themselves. Thousands of people voted for their favorite book, just like the previous two years.

On Friday, book promotion organization CPNB announced that writer, poet and performance artist Rachel Rumai Diaz (1990) has been commissioned to write a special rainbow poem. The poem Somewhere fits into the Pride Amsterdam theme: #YouAreIncluded. She performed it for the first time at Scheltema on Friday, when the Rainbow Book of the Year was announced.


Rumai Diaz is the founder of the feminist literary platform Zus & Zo and is currently working on her first novel for Uitgeverij Pluim, about women in her family history. “With this poem, I hope to encourage people, with all the disturbing developments around us. I find hatred and insecurity in society very frightening. I continue to hope that the hateful noises will die out one day, in about a hundred years.

Top 10 Dutch Language Rainbow Books of 2023

1. If heaven has enough roomEclat Chabot

2. i think i was kidnappedPam Lammer

3. The Rhythm of RamsesFemke van Oorsouw

4. On the other side of luckNadine Swagerman

5. Trans TowerEus van der Grift

6. MandateBoris Dittrich

7. The truth will set me freeAlejandra Ortiz

8. Dads 2 BeAart van den Haven & Sjors Veenendaal

9. the last guyPepin Keppel

ten. delicious monsterFlower Pierets

The full list is here to find.

Marjolijn de Cocq has been the book coordinator at Het Parool since 2017 and writes about books, art and culture.

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