Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category

This Just In: Plays

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Six Recently-Arrived Titles from the Plays/Drama Section:

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check.

Ebook available for Doubt, August: Osage County, Our Town and The Oedipus Cycle.

Pulitzer Prize Winners 2014

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Congratulation to everyone who won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize last night!  The full list can be found here; the winners in the Letters and Drama categories are:

Fiction: The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt *
Drama: The Flick – Annie Baker
History:  The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 – Alan Taylor
Biography or Autobiography:  Margaret Fuller: A New American Life – Megan Marshall
Poetry: 3 Sections – Vijay Seshadri
General Nonfiction: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation – Dan Fagin

* True story:  I saw my very first goldfinch yesterday morning as I was on a run!  I should have kept running to the nearest bookie, obviously.  :-)  Very pretty and quick bird, and very striking, too.

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Philosophy, Photography, Plays, Poetry

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Philosophy, Photography, Plays and Poetry as picked out by section buyers Ester, Marten, Martijn and Tom. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


Win free tickets to Faulkner at the Holland Festival!

Monday, June 8th, 2009

William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury has been given a theatrical interpretation by the New York company Elevator Repair Service, and comes to the Holland Festival on June 12/13.

On the afternoon of June 13th (3PM), The American Book Center will host a dialogue with director John Collins and Faulkner specialist Dr. Gene M. Moore at the ABC Treehouse (Voetboogstraat 11, Amsterdam). You can WIN FREE TICKETS TO THE SHOW by answering the following question”

“John Collins (Director, The Sound and The Fury) will talk about two important books written by American writers. Faulkner’s “The Sound & The Fury” is just one. The second book was the inspiration for another performance of the Elevator Repair Service several years ago, which was also shown at the Holland Festival. What was the title of that show?”

Send your answers to (make sure to use the subject line: Faulkner if you want your e-mail to arrive safely!). Ttickets must be picked up at the June 13th event, at the ABC Treehouse. Offer good only while supplies last.

The new ABC/Film Book Club offering: Towelhead by Alicia Erian

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Told in the voice of a 13-year old Arab-American, Towelhead is a coming of age tale that will shock you, make you laugh, and stay in your heart and mind for days. “An arch, coyly sexy book that’s as nervy as its title.” – The New York Times

Towelhead the movie opens in the Netherlands on May 14th.  Win a chance to see the movie free when you buy the book from our Amsterdam or Den Haag stores.  Show your ABC receipt and ask for your tickets (in Amsterdam at the 2nd floor register), while supplies last.