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Store Bits: Meet My Book restart special

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

This coming Sunday, October 19th, marks the reboot of our Meet My Book program, where local authors can present their book – whether it’s a brand-new title, a self-published book, or an almost-finished manuscript.

This Sunday’s event has already garnered quite a bit of local buzz.  It was mentioned on Monday’s What’s Up Amsterdam podcast, and presenter (and Meet My Book-veteran!) Claudio Tapia is part of the Amsterdam Writer’s Platform, which will feature author interviews on SoDamLocal, part of Broadcast Amsterdam’s programs on Salto TV.

If you think you would like to be a part of Meet My Book, click here to download the application form and to find other ways to promote your book at ABC.

If you want to stay informed of future Meet My Book events, sign up for our monthly Events Mailing or keep an eye out on our Upcoming Events page.

And now, without further ado, meet our Meet My Book authors – before you hear from and speak to them yourself this Sunday, of course!

Marie Phillips is a British author who is currently based in Amsterdam.  She’s written one bestseller already, Gods Behaving Badly, and this Sunday will present her new book The Table of Less-Valued Knights (read the Guardian’s glowing review here).  She will also be introducing the Book Swap to ABC and the Netherlands on October 25th (and do a book signing afterwards).

Floris Kleijne is the first ever Dutchman to qualify for membership of the SFWA.  He’s been writing for as long as he can remember, and won the Writers of the Future contest in 2004.  It’s safe to say he’s one of the trailblazers of Dutch SF writers in English!  He will read a new short story from his new, EBM-published collection, Mashup, this Sunday.

David Swatling is quite special to the ABC Blog.  He is a long-time You Reviewer, and I’ve been following the progress of his debut, Calvin’s Head, from manuscript to publishing contract to actual finished book with so much excitement!  Congratulations, David!  Please enjoy the book trailer below, and if you want to find out more about David and his debut, read the interview that thriller festival The Big Thrill had with him this past summer.

Events in October

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

You can receive this information in your mailbox every month, simply by subscribing to our Events Mailing. Be sure to check the Upcoming Events regularly, too, for late additions.

If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

At or in cooperation with ABC

Book Signings & Events:

  • Saturday, October 25th: Book Swap (Amsterdam)

One-Off Events/Workshops/Clubs/etc.:

Ongoing Events/Workshops/Clubs/Etc.:

ABC in the Wild:

Exhibitions:

Elsewhere

Events in September

Friday, August 29th, 2014

You can receive this information in your mailbox every month, simply by subscribing to our Events Mailing. Be sure to check the Upcoming Events regularly, too, for late additions.

If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

At or in cooperation with ABC

Book Signings & Events:


One-Off Events/Workshops/Clubs/etc.:

Ongoing Events/Workshops/Clubs/Etc.:

ABC in the Wild:

Exhibitions:

Elsewhere

Events in August

Monday, July 28th, 2014

You can receive this information in your mailbox every month, simply by subscribing to our Events Mailing. Be sure to check the Upcoming Events regularly, too, for late additions.

If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

At or in cooperation with ABC

Book Signings & Events:

One-Off Events/Workshops/Clubs/etc.:

Ongoing Events/Workshops/Clubs/Etc.:

ABC in the Wild:

Exhibitions:

Elsewhere

PINC.15 and the American Book Center

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Written by Renée Wijnen

First time for me

It was the first time I’d attended a PINC Conference.  PINC stands for People, Ideas. Nature and Creativity.  PINC hopes to inspire by enabling very different speakers from all over the world to tell their stories. I’d already seen their website: together with exuberant acts, music and short movies in an unusual setting, this promised to be very special. After such a day, you would have to be happy and go home with new ideas!

Coming in, I felt immediately at home in this varied society of visitors, speakers and organizers. The atmosphere was easy, nearly cosy. Around the red winding stairs at Figi in Zeist, there was a gay, expectant crowd. In the big hall, two bookstalls: one for Dutch-language books and one for ABC foreign-language books. With those by some of the speakers prominent, all of them showed a clear relationship to PINC 15 subjects.

After a stimulating intro with plays, a movie and an explanation of the program, the PINC 15 lectures began.  Many speakers had a clear message and explained their mission in an appealing manner.  Here below are the topics. They all made an impression on me!

Anita Nowak pleaded for emphatic action. Real social engagement will bring more profit than simply focussing on IQ and EQ.

Manual Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné showed in their beautiful picture-simulations what can be done with unused metro-stations. Especially their swimming pool spoke to the imagination.

Läslo Evers of the KNMI explained how shockwaves create unhearable sounds. Elephants, for example, give messages in this manner to their friends.

Rob Spence has only one eye, but he’s made his handicap into a virtue. In his artificial eye, he has a tiny camera which is not connected to his brain. It’s just like an earring.

Philipp Riederle, Philipz on internet, is a 19-year-old from Germany. who seems to be a born speaker. He explained how the social media work and, specifically, how to reach the young target market. He finished his lecture with: “Don’t be scared!”

James Brett is the founder of the Museum of Everything, the world’s only travelling museum for undiscovered, unintentional and untrained artists.  The ABC stand sold magazines and books by and about this museum.

Arthur Wassenberg urged that we look more carefully at the components of the world’s economy, because it must become more independent of financial markets. He spoke of how it resembles pyramid games and gave examples of ways to achieve a more stable economy. Very interesting! It was a pity that he couldn’t finish his lecture because he ran out of time. But the lecture will be available on the PINC site.

Samuel Or His documentary about insects, Return of the Cicadas, was the absolute highlight of this conference for me. His movie about the seasons in a forest was also fantastic.

Bart Remes explained drones. At the end of his lecture, he let loose several in various sizes and types to walk and fly. Very nice!

John Barker showed surgery on hands and faces. Intrusive!

Ellen Mookhoek is a forager of wild plants. We got parts of varied plants to eat. They tasted good! Ellen explained how to look for these plants that grow everywhere.

Richard Aldrich asked himself whether we can live without secrets. This amiable man has written a beautiful book about the fact that, in the near future, all personal facts about all of us will be known everywhere. On the other hand, there will be no secrets about governments and companies.

Francoise Mouly told about her long career as an art director at The New Yorker magazine. She was responsible for the suburb covers made by well-known artists such as David Hockney and Sempé.  The ABC stand displayed several issues of The New Yorker, and a box with covers, each on a postcard, was a popular sales item.

Jelle Reumer showed a swan in the city above her nest made of waste matter. He explained that plants and animals assimilate to their surrounding. Cities have various eco-systems with more variety of materials than in the countryside, where agricultural monoculture has depleted the landscape.

David Moinina Sengeh works on the improvement of protheses. His inventions are revolutionary. He also stimulates young people in Africa to fight against illnesses such as malaria.

At the end of the day, there was a splendid concert by Jazz Juniors. Nice to hear and see!  After all this excitement and inspiration, we enjoyed an unbelievably fantastic buffet in Figi’s dining room.

Books and imagination

How books affect the world is something that speaks clearly at a PINC Conference, perhaps because many of the organisers are publishers.  The books on sale were a nice addition to the word-and-image program. With our purchases, many of us took something tangible home with which to quietly enjoy the conference again or to work further on the day’s new insights. PINC gave us all far-reaching insights into many aspects of our lives.

I certainly learned many new things about the subjects that interest me, especially those about the natural world. Those speeches triggered my imagination, and I will work with this: I won’t ever forget that swan on her nest of waste!

People

People, people, people: from very old to “chicken-young”, in all colors and sizes, casually or splendidly dressed.  During the lectures, I enjoyed listening to the fascinating stories while the speakers or their subjects were projected, in large scale, on the screen behind them. In the intermissions, I walked and looked around a lot. I met old colleagues and exchanged e-mail addresses with new friends. The program gave us many subjects for a short conversation. Everything went on in a harmonic and informal atmosphere.

I went home with two presents: a book with a personal message in it by another PINC-visitor and a beautiful watering can with a fun picture on it as a souvenir of this day. For me, that PINC-conference was indeed a fantastic and fulfilling spring of inspiration!

Originally written in Dutch by Renée Wijnen, May 2014, edited by Bryna Hellman.  Posted here with permission of the author.  Read more PINC.15 reviews here.