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Store Bits: Staff Choices, Our Steven is Famous, and Daniel O’Malley visits The Hague

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Did you ever notice all our Staff Choices?  You can find them in books around the stores, and sometimes in specially dedicated spots, like the first shelf of the Science Fiction & Fantasy section at ABC The Hague.  Quick messages from the staff about books they read and enjoyed!

(After my summer holiday, I hope to start sharing them here on the blog, too…)

Our Steven is famous!  His Gay & Happy, an international gay guide, has been translated into English (from Dutch) and is now available everywhere.

He asks: “If you know of anyone who would be interested in Gay & Happy – please help spread the word.”

How exciting to have not only a published author, but a translated published author working alongside you.  :-)

Speaking of published authors:  the wonderful Daniel O’Malley ninja-visited ABC The Hague at the end of June (and I’m only now blogging it – shame on me, I know it!)(our Ester tweeted it on the spot, though, so some of us are quick when we need to be).

We sold out of his book The Rook, unfortunately (small paperback coming next month), so here he is posing in front of our books of his favorite author, William Gibson.

Please come by again when you’re on this side of the earth, Mr. O’Malley!

ABC Meets: graphic novelists Abby Denson and Tim Fish

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Ground-breaking American graphic novelists Abby Denson and Tim Fish will sign at The American Book Center on Thursday February 3rd at an event including readings and a Q and A.

In addition to speaking about their original LGBT-friendly works including Tough Love: High School Confidential, Love is the Reason, Dolltopia and Calvacade of Boys, they will discuss their work in mainstream American comics for such titles as Amazing Spider-Man Family, Simpsons Comics, and X-Men: Nation X!

You can see a preview of Dolltopia here, and see Tim’s sketches on his blog.

Click on ‘more’ for more information on our guests. (more…)

Hot gay tips for a hot Gay Pride 2010!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade is around the corner, and we thought you might appreciate some hot book tips to ensure a hot day! 

I mean, sure, you all have a canal parade to attend, and all manner of parties, and even sports events, (and art exhibitions!) but in between all that exuberance and dancing and above all PRIDE about who you are there’s bound to be a bit of down time…  And what better way to spend your down time than with an educational book or two?  ;-) Click more for  more! (more…)

Another Top 5 Gay Books

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I suppose for the sake of symmetry I should have come up with a top five of straight books, but this was easier to do…


The Story of the Night by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín tells the story of how a half-English man in Argentina stops hiding from the world, and stops hiding the world from himself. Despite its major issues – Argentinean politics, the Falklands War, AIDS – The Story of the Night is not a dark book. Honest and capable of making you uneasy at times, but also tender and almost hopeful. And Tóibín’s writing is always a joy.

Mr Clive & Mr Page by Neil Bartlett  (more…)

Top 5 Gay Books

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Why should a woman not like reading gay books? We might have different preferences than gay men but all in all I think that there are some lovely books out there and it is a pleasure to read or even re-read them.


1. Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley (it will always be my top favourite, the kind you take with you on a lonely island)(sadly this book is currently not in print, but it can be ordered through our supplier of second-hand books)(we can also order other, still in print, books by this author)

This is a complicated and difficult (but oh so beautiful) love story between Ford McKinney, a young doctor, offspring from a rich Savannah family and Dan Krell, of modest background and an administrator of the hospital where Ford is working, too. Dan is an HIV-positive haemophiliac who has had a very hard and not very nice childhood. His mother and his stepfather are living in a cemetery they own and manage for a living.  Ford has difficulties with relationships and especially with his sexuality and his rigid parents do nothing to make anything easier. Dan has the advantage that his mother knows about him being gay, even if she has some difficulties accepting it, but at least she loves her son, whatever life he has chosen for himself.
The story shows how Ford and Dan’s relationship evolves, shows the up and downs for both of them without putting a veil over their problems. Dan’s haemophilia and HIV-positiveness are well handled, nothing is sugar-coated.
All in all Comfort & Joy is a very beautiful love story between two completely different men, with their good and bad sides. I have to confess that I own the first edition in French and the second, slightly revised edition in English. And I never get tired to re-read this story, on the contrary that the more I read it the more I love it.

2. The Charioteer by Mary Renault (this too will come with me on my lonely island)

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