In a series of interviews conducted by ABC’s Maria Minaya, we’re going to introduce you to (almost) everyone who works at The American Book Centers in Amsterdam and The Hague.
Books form an integral part of our lives not only because they’re our bread and butter, but because our passion for them came first. Our mission is to pass them on. By reading these interviews you’ll discover the faces behind your favorite sections and get a glimpse of who we are.
I was born in Amsterdam in the Prinsengracht Ziekenhuis.
What was your favorite food as a kid and what did you hate?
I loved grilled cheese sandwiches and scrambled eggs. I hated ginger.
Were you read to as a child?
Did you have books in your house while growing up?
Tons and tons of books. Books everywhere!!
Quick free associations:
Paperbacks: Ira Levin: Rosemary’s Baby.
Sale: Stacks of books.
Piano: The building we are in.
Price gun: I hate it when that thing doesn’t work.
Cash Register: Customers.
Discount Card: 7 euros.
“I’m looking for a book…”: Well, you are at the right place!!
What is your connection to books and the written word now?
Well, I love books but I have less time to read as much as I would like to. I read on the average two books a month.
What sections do you oversee and what are your other responsibilities at ABC Amsterdam?
I do the blank books and the Moleskine section and various bits of merchandise like Magnetic Poetry. I do the windows and I also strengthen the link between the store and the Treehouse. And I sell books of course!
What is the best part of your job?
I love working with all kinds of people and the diversity of the aspects of my work. I love the colleagues. We really have a great bunch of people working at ABC.
How would you describe your customer service, i.e., how do you do your job in terms of: cars (Ferrari or Fiat?), pastries (Hema or Holtkamp), or shoes (Puma or Prada)?
I think I’m friendly, helpful and patient. I’m a Chiquita banana, because they are sweet and tasty.
How long have you worked at ABC?
On and off for ten years.
Who is your favorite author? Or what are you reading now?
Like the angle books: Doreen Virtue but love Steven King and Roald Dahl as well. I’m currently reading Lisey’s Story by Stephen King.
What is the opposite of bookselling?
Sitting at home. Doing absolutely nothing.
What do you think people should know about ABC?
That the owners are an Arab and an American and that many cultures work at ABC not only Americans. We are an international team! Also our discount card is really a good deal, with no strings attached.