Archive for the ‘Donna’ Category

Free tickets to Faulkner at the Holland Festival – we have a winner!

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Congratulations to Freyja van den Boom for correctly answering our challenge and winning two free tickets to Elevator Repair Service’s production of William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury at the Holland Festival!  Although we only had two tickets to give away, you can still read the book or  buy tickets to see this impressive theatrical interpretation of the classic. And don’t forget to come to the ABC Treehouse for a dialogue with ERS director John Collins and Faulkner specialist Dr. Gene M. Moore, on Saturday 13 June, 3pm; Voetboogstraat 11 – just across the square from the American Book Center.

Inkheart – more than a children’s book

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I read Inkheart (Cornelia Funke) because it was one of the ABC Film/Book club highlights…and then rushed to buy the second and third books in the trilogy.  Sold in the Young Adult section on the first floor, many Fantasy fans may miss it.  But this book – a classic parallel worlds story – is fun for Fantasy lovers of any age! 

The story’s lead character is 13 year-old Meggie, whose father makes his living restoring old books.  But while books are the livelihood and the joy of father and daughter, he refuses to use his beautiful voice to read aloud to her.  She finds out the terrible reason why – and why she is growing up without a mother – when the mysterious Dustfinger arrives, setting events in motion that will change all their lives forever. 

But Meggie is only one in a colorful cast of characters, and the story is told from many points of view through the three books.  By the second book, it is as much about Dustfinger and the other adults, as it is about Meggie, and we are kept on the edge of our seats about all their fates until the extremely satisfying end.  Love, danger, heros and villains – sometimes all four mixed up in one character – Inkheart is a rousing tale good for fantasy lovers of all ages.  Along with The Name of the Wind  (Patrick Rothfuss) Inkheart is some of the best fantasy I’ve read in years.  My only complaint is that there isn’t (yet?) a fourth book in the series – and the the only Amsterdam screenings of the film are during work hours!

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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.

Laser 3/14 ‘crossed’ at the ABC Treehouse

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Laser 3.14 is one of the artists who regularly exhibit their work at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam.  Known for his pithy and often esoteric street poetry, Laser uses the Treehouse to broaden out into visual imagery as well.  He adds a certain street savvy to the mix of paintings, digital art and photography that usually hangs on our walls, and is a welcome addition to the current exhibition Bron.  But recently an incident occured that begs the question: you can take the artist off the street, but will the street let go of the artist?

On April 16th, during exhibition hours, an unknown man entered the Treehouse, gazed for a moment at the artwork hanging near the door – then pulled out a spray can and ‘crossed’ Laser’s work! Crossing is a well known occurrence within the graffiti scene, but new to the ABC, and the natural question is: why now?  Might it have to do with the Laser’s rising popularity among galleries and collectors?  The fact that his first solo book Are You Reading Me” will be launched at the ABC store in Amsterdam on April 23rd? You can pre-order your copy of this gorgeous collection of Laser sightings here.

Was this an act of jealousy, or the street version of a frat challenge?  See the work and judge for yourself – The “Bron” exhibition is in the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam throughout April/May (Thursdays-Sundays, 1pm-6pm).   Everyone is welcome – except the man who ‘crossed’ the line: I’d advise him to stay away, because when you’re inside a gallery, ‘crossing’ isn’t art – it’s vandalism, and police have been alerted.

In any case, I think we know the answer to the question posed above: no, the street won’t let go of the artist.  And in my opinion, the art world will only benefit from this artist keeping one foot in the streets, and one in the ABC Treehouse.  Big up, Laser!

ABC Film/Book Club goes “to the source”. Join us and win!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Congratulations to all the winners of our Watchmen contest, what a fantastic ride the book and film are.  Remember, we still have plenty of copies of the book on our shelves, if you want to go to the source.  But now for something Completely Different!


Two great films open on April 16th: “He’s Just Not That Into You” ( and “Inkheart” (   – and both were inspired by great books! 


“Inkheart” ($is a fantastic story for the young – and young at heart – adventurer.  It’s the story of a girl who is thrown into a world of magic and danger when she learns the truth about why her father won’t read aloud to her.  Read the book and answer this question for your chance of winning tickets to the movie: Which classic story does the character Farid come from?


“He’s Just Not That Into You” ($) is a must read for any woman who’s been on the dating treadmill too long.  Funny and insightful, its advice may not help you find Mr. Right, but it’ll help you stop wasting time on Mr. Wrong while you’re looking.  Do the homework and finish this quote from the book for your chance of winning tickets to the movie: “If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not (three words).”


Send your answers to, and remember: you must be able to pick up and use your tickets in the Netherlands.  And don’t forget to visit the American Book Centers in Amsterdam and Den Haag to buy your copy of the book first.  Enjoy!