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Prize Draw Winners: KLIK! Animation Festival + Bespoke Redesigned Classics

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Win Day Passes for KLIK! Animation Festival winners: Michael Middelkoop, Samir Rawas Sarayji and Roxanne Pastou

Q: What animation book/illustration book should always be in stock at ABC and why?

To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios.  Pixar is the alpha and the omega of not only modern animation, but more importantly, timeless storytelling. And that should be at the heart of any hand drawn/computer animated/clay figured piece.”

Coraline by Neil Gaiman because, simply put, it’s creepily awesome!”

“The obvious answer would be The Animator’s Survival Kit by the legendary Richard Williams. Indeed it’s not called the animators’ bible for nothing. But, to mix it up a little bit, I would suggest The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, firstly because it describes animation in the most poetic way, using only 4 words, in the title (“The illusion of life”, how great is that?!) and secondly because page after page it takes you to a magical place, whether you are an animator or an illustrator or not.”

Win a bespoke redesigned classic winner: Merel Hoekzema

Q: Which classic in your bookcase would you let Simone give the bespoke redesigned treatment to, and why?

“The classic in my bookcase I would let Simone give the bespoke redesigned treatment to is The Great Gatsby, because I think the story serves as great inspiration for either a flamboyant and glamorous look, or something beautifully simple.”

“I would let Simone bookbind The Great Gatsby. The book is full of glamour and takes place in the rich and roaring twenties, but my copy of it does not give off that image at all. In fact, it is starting to fall apart. I feel like it deserves a bit more glitz.”

“I’d really like it if Simone would give Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë the bespoke redesigned treatment, because it’s my all-time favorite, it’s such a beautiful novel!  It so beautifully written and you really feel Jane Eyre with all she goes trough. The story never bores me, I can read it over and over again.”

“The book I’d love to have covered so beautifully is called King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, by Roger Lancelyn Green. I won this at school as a prize for spelling (100%!) and it introduced me to the Arthurian legend for the first time, with which I have ever since been fascinated, even despite Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You can imagine how a young boy (I was then 8 I think) was captivated by and could identify with the knights and their heroic deeds.”

Ebook available for The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre and King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table.

Win Day Passes for KLIK! Animation Festival

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The seventh edition of the KLIK! Animation Festival will take place from November 4th through November 9th, 2014, at EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam. Cartoons, stop motion animation, 3D productions: prepare yourself for six days of animated shorts from around the globe, masterclasses, premieres and parties at KLIK! 2014. This year’s themed program will be Boys, Girls & Beyond!, a border-crossing journey through male and female stereotypes, transsexual and gay animations.

Besides the competition, the themed programs (Boys, Girls & Beyond! and Light Forms), KLIK! presents several feature premières, (avant-)premières, a special afternoon for kids, workshops and talk shows. Midnight Madness is back again, too, with a collection of the most bizarre and quirky animations of the moment. Keep an eye on or KLIK!’s Facebook page for more information about the program.

The excellent organisers have given us 3×2 Day Passes to give away! Just answer the following question:

What animation book/illustration book should always be in stock at ABC and why?

Mail your answer to before October 22nd. Please include “Klik Festival” in the subject header.

Win tickets to the Movies That Matter Festival!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This year’s Movies That Matter Festival takes place in The Hague from March 20th until March 26th.  The Movies that Matter Foundation, an initiative of Amnesty International, organises wide-ranging film programs in which human rights take center stage.  You can find this year’s full program here – from 12 Years a Slave to Dirty Wars to Hannah Arendt to Viva Cuba Libre and many, many more.

We are giving away 3×2 tickets to any movie* on the program!

All you have to do is mail and let us know what your favorite book-based movie is.  Please put ‘Movies that Matter’ in the subject of your email.

We will hold the prize draw and contact the winners on Tuesday, March 18th, and tickets must be picked up at ABC The Hague (at the Information Desk).

*Any movie?  Yes, any movie!  You DO still have to make reservations for the movie of your choice once you get your ticket, though.

Receive an ABC discount at Rialto’s Cracking the Frame presentation

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Rialto film theater presents Cracking the Frame, a special program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art-related documentaries and artists’ films.

Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

Each film has not been theatrically released in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

On March 19th, at 19.30 hrs, Cracking the Frame presents Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.  ABC Card holders get a €2,- discount for this special screening of the award-winning documentary: € 7 instead of € 9!

About Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Directed by Pratibha Parmar, 2013, 84 min., in English with no subtitles.

“Activism is the rent I pay to live on this planet.” – Alice Walker

This award-winning documentary examines the life of author, artist and activist Alice Walker.  Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1982 novel The Color Purple (ebook), made into a feature film by Steven Spielberg.

Born in poverty in 1944, the 8th child of sharecroppers, the film follows Walker’s life from her difficult upbringing in the midst of racism and political unrest to her becoming one of the most successful – and controversial – American female writers, and a revered icon for civil rights activists, black feminists and gay rights advocates.

Starkly independent and outspoken, Alice Walker has been recognized as a key architect of the US Civil Rights movement and of the American feminist movement and has never ceased leading a life of passionate commitment to progressive causes.

The film explores Walker’s relationship with her mother, ex-husband and daughter, her participation in the Civil Rights Movement and the different themes that are inherent to her writing and to her public campaigns.

Containing interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones and many other of Walker’s friends and collaborators, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth narrates the compelling and inspiring life of a truly extraordinary woman.

“Alice Walker is one of the great thinkers of our time, and has changed the lives of so many women with her ideas – this rich and honest film tells a story that we all need to hear.”- Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre UK

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Fiction, Film/TV, Foreign Languages

Wednesday, November 6th, 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 Fiction, Film/TV and Foreign Languages as picked out by section buyers Renate, Simone, Ester 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.