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This Just In: Plays

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Six Recently-Arrived Titles from the Plays/Drama Section:

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check.

Ebook available for Doubt, August: Osage County, Our Town and The Oedipus Cycle.

Store Bits: Blind Dates, Windows and Inventory

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Tiemen took the idea and ran with it at ABC Amsterdam, and now Ester has followed suit at ABC The Hague: Blind Date with a Book.  Choose from Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy and/or Mysteries & Thrillers!


The Amsterdam Window Team has done another stellar job with a Carson McCullers tribute.  See our Facebook page for more pictures.


And finally, a beautiful shot from this past Inventory Day at ABC Amsterdam.  All those books, one by one.  :-)

Saw the movie? Read the book!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

These January movies are based on books:

Ender’s Game: Based on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (ebook here).  Did you notice Harrison Ford took out his earring for this role?

Parkland: Based on Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi.  Although based on a true story and depicting real-life people, the end credits state: “All characters in this film are fictional and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.” (source: IMDb)

Philomena: Based on The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith (ebook here)(retitled to Philomena for the movie).  Did you know Judi Dench is “only” 5′ 1″ (1,55 m) tall?

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Based on the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber.  Tagline: Stop dreaming. Start living.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: Based, not on a specific book, but on the character Jack Ryan as created by Tom Clancy.  Ryan first appeared in 1984, in The Hunt for Red October (ebook here).  Personal quote by Tom Clancy: “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

The Wolf of Wall Street: Based on The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort (ebook here).  An oopsie: During the interview at the FBI office, the evidence box moves by itself to right next to Belfort. (source: IMDb)

The Book Thief: Based on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (ebook here).  In this film, Death has a voice. POSSIBLY SOMETHING LIKE THE VOICE OF DISCWORLD’S DEATH.

Edited to add: The Congress: “Inspired by” The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem (ebook here).  Director Ari Folman’s previous movie was Waltz with Bashir.

Bonus movies based on books:

I, Frankenstein: Based on the (currently unavailable) graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux.  Director/writer Stuart Beattie is known for co-screenwriting parts 2 and 3 of Pirates of the Caribbean.

ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part blogmistress: Karin, Ester, Sophie

Friday, December 20th, 2013

And so we come to the last favorite reads post.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the books we are so enthusiastic about, and I hope they’ve given you some new titles or authors to try out.  I always get tons of new reading tips myself and there’s not much more satisfying than seeing your fellow booksellers in full, enthusiastic bookselling mode.  :-)

Thanks so much to my lovely colleagues, who managed to find some time somewhere to send in their lists.  I really hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013, too. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

This last Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

  • Karin:  coordinator of many events, prize draws and other marketing things.  Hopes to improve her tennis game.  Also wants to do more volunteer work in 2014 and would like to ask everyone who reads this to try and give some of their precious time to help the many kids and elderly people who so need your support!
  • Ester:  our tweety bird.  Unable to resist any animal, especially one in need.  Just took over the Religion section in The Hague and is on a very steep learning curve. :-)
  • Sophie: your blogmistress, at your service.  I think I might hold the ABC speed record for typing, and I’m allergic to children’s choirs.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!


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.