Archive for the ‘Poetry’ Category

Pulitzer Prize Winners 2014

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Congratulation to everyone who won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize last night!  The full list can be found here; the winners in the Letters and Drama categories are:

Fiction: The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt *
Drama: The Flick – Annie Baker
History:  The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 – Alan Taylor
Biography or Autobiography:  Margaret Fuller: A New American Life – Megan Marshall
Poetry: 3 Sections – Vijay Seshadri
General Nonfiction: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation – Dan Fagin

* True story:  I saw my very first goldfinch yesterday morning as I was on a run!  I should have kept running to the nearest bookie, obviously.  :-)  Very pretty and quick bird, and very striking, too.

You Ask, We Answer: Poetry

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

We are often asked for reading suggestions and recommendations, from one bookworm to another. We love these questions, so please don’t hesitate to ask us. If one of us doesn’t know an answer, we’ll ask a colleague whether they have any tips. Step right up to one of us in either store or else mail your quandaries to and we’ll do our best to come up with some great books. We’ll post our answers right here on the blog so others can enjoy them, too!

Darice mailed us this question:

“I recently bought De eerste letter by Lieke Marsman, an autobiographical poetry book. It’s about her dealing with anxiety, loneliness and love. Lieke is 23 and a bit of daily life shows in her poetry, like binge-watching ‘Orange is the New Black’ or going to Marqt for groceries.
Normally I’m not into poems, but I liked this one.
My question is: are there female poets in English that fall in the same category as Lieke Marsman? Not being familiar at all with present-day poets and poems I have no idea where to look.”

ABC Amsterdam’s Poetry buyer Renate answered:

“Funny – I just bought De eerste letter by Lieke Marsman myself!  To be perfectly honest, I don’t know a lot of young, female British/American poets that have a similar style, but I have come up with some suggestions:

Personally I find the poems by Ariana Reines very beautiful.

Other than Reines I can recommend, even if they’re not all female and/or young:

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Philosophy, Photography, Plays, Poetry

Monday, November 18th, 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 Philosophy, Photography, Plays and Poetry as picked out by section buyers Ester, Marten, Martijn 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.


Gift Ideas: Fiction, Romance, Poetry

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Fiction, Romance and Poetry as supplied by Simone and Sophie.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!


This Just In: Poetry

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Five Recently Arrived Titles from the Poetry Section: