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Snapshots Caught on Paper – the IDFA Doclab Atlas of Pentacostalism Project

Friday, November 21st, 2014

From 20 to 30 November, our Espresso Book Machine window display in Amsterdam will be growing steadily with one book per day.

Working together with IDFA Doclab, each morning we will print out the most up-to-date version of the Atlas of Pentacostalism – an expanding record of the fastest growing religion in the world. Because of the unique properties of the EBM, we can keep updating the atlas, every day.

If you order a copy through our site, you will receive the most recent version of the book (up to the 30th of November), but of course you can order at the store as well. Ask for it on the second floor in Amsterdam.

For more information, see www.doclab.org and www.atlasofpentecostalism.net.

Edited on 3 December to add the picture of the window, filled with books, at the end of the project.

Our Book Drive for BetterWorldBooks

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Have you finally received that hard-earned degree, and are you wondering what to do with your old textbooks? Are you ready to move on from your childhood reads? Or have your bookshelves – once again – reached critical mass, and you either have to find a way to change the space-time continuum to squeeze in that new Billy bookcase or say a tearful goodbye to some of those paperbacks?

We can’t think of a better organisation to give your old books to than BetterWorldBooks (BWB). To date, BetterWorldBooks has raised millions of dollars for literacy, saved millions of books from landfills, created jobs for hundreds of people, and provided wonderful books to millions of readers worldwide. The story is still being written, and you can help write it.

Over the past years, ABC has donated thousands of books to them, and now we invite you match us, book for book. You can bring just one or a whole box. The books can be English, Dutch, German, French or Spanish, but please be sure to also check the BWB Donation Guidelines.

The book drive starts on Thanksgiving Day and will last until January 5th, 2015.

Richard Flanagan wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Congratulations to Richard Flanagan for winning the 2014 Man Booker Prize with The Narrow Road to the Deep North (ebook available here)!

This year marked the first time that any writer could win it, regardless of nationality, so long as the book was originally written in English and published in the UK.

The head of this year’s jury, A. C. Grayling, had this to say about the book:  ”The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war. Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism.  This is the book that Richard Flanagan was born to write.”

The 2014 Man Booker shortlist can be found here, and the longlist here.

Other novels by Richard Flanagan: Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish, The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting.

Patrick Modiano wins the Nobel Prize for Literature 2014

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Congratulations to French author Patrick Modiano for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature!

“For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” – the Nobel Prize jury

Modiano won the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, in 1978 for Rue des boutiques obscures (English title: Missing Person).  Some other works of his that have been translated into English thus far are Dora Bruder (The Search Warrant), Catherine Certitude (illustrated by Sempé!) and Voyage de noces (Honeymoon).  Undoubtedly more will be (re-)published with this happy news!

Photo credit: Patrick Swirc for Télérama 2014.

Bookbits for September 11th, 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
  • I love the responses to this reader survey The Guardian did, about “hearing” what you’re reading.  I always hear the book in my head, loud and clear.  I’ve also found I very much “read” commas and exclamation marks and ALL CAPS.  How about you?