Posts Tagged ‘Author Events’

Win ticket to see novelist Chad Harbach with the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Once in a great while, a debut novel appears that causes critics to declare an instant classic. Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding is such a book. The New York Times and many others have listed it as one of the best books of 2011.

The Art of Fielding is set in a college in American’s Mid-West, and it’s a story about baseball. But, as critic Michiko Kakutani says, “it’s also a magical, melancholy story about friendship and coming of age that marks the debut of an immenselytalented writer.”

On Thursday January 19th, Harbach will give a reading at Amsterdam’s John Adam’s Institute and talk about his book.

We have TEN pairs of tickets to give away for this event, courtesy of the John Adams Institute!

To enter the draw to win two free tickets, just send an email to by 10am on Monday January 16th.

Please include your contact details in the mail, which store you would like to collect the tickets.

And to help us not miss your entry, put “Chad Harbach tickets” in the subject line.

  • When: Monday 19 January 2012, 8pm
  • Where: Aula – Universiteit van Amsterdam – Singel 411 Amsterdam
  • Admission: Members €11,00 Non members €18,50 Students/seniors €10,00
  • More Info: JAI site

ABC Meets: TV Personality Kelly Cutrone

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Kelly Cutrone, CEO and founder of People’s Revolution, best-selling author and television personality will be gracing ABC with a visit, a talk, Q&A and signing session on December 2nd.

Cutrone will talk about her career as a leading fashion publicist and brand strategist and most important share insights from her books If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, and Normal Gets You Nowhere.

  • Date: Friday December 2nd 2011
  • Time: 5 – 6pm
  • Place: The ABC Treehouse, Amsterdam
  • Reservations: Via the Treehouse website. This is a limited seating event, so reserve a spot before November 25!

For those who are too late to reserve a spot –  but do NOT intend to cry OR go outside – Miss Cutrone will be at the ABC Amsterdam store at Spui 12 to sign copies of her books at 6.30 pm.

Kelly will also speak at the TEDx Amsterdam Women conference on December 1.

About Kelly Cutrone

When Kelly Cutrone’s first book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, was initially published, young people flocked to this new voice—finally, someone was telling them like it is, in a language they spoke. It quickly became a New York Times bestseller and stayed on the list for eleven weeks, and fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone became more than a personality; she became a beloved guru, mentor, and fairy godmother.

Kelly Cutrone has long gone against the grain. From her all black, no makeup trademark look despite her career in the image obsessed fashion industry, to her being living proof that you don’t have to do things in a certain order to be successful, to her being a very happy working single mom,

Kelly costarred on MTV’s the Hills and the City, she executive produced and appeared on the aptly entitled Bravo/TLC debut “Kell on Earth” which earned her rave reviews and helped her consecrate her devout following of devotees. Currently Kelly can also be seen as a correspondent on the highly acclaimed U.S. daytime talk show Dr. Phil. In March 2012, for season 18, Kelly will appear as a judge of the international hit TV show America’s Next Top Model.

A powerful force in the fashion industry for over 25 years, Kelly is the owner and CEO of the internationally recognized fashion PR and marketing firm, Peoples Revolution. Most importantly, Kelly is the mother to her 9-year-old daughter Ava.

Happy Kinderboekenweek!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Kinderboekenweek started today, and loads of things are happening to celebrate children’s books all across the country.  And at ABC, too, of course!  Here’s a round-up:

If you buy a children’s book during Kinderboekenweek, you will receive a free € 2.50 ABC Gift Voucher! Details about this promotion can be found right here.

Tell us about the superhero in your life, and win a € 15 ABC gift certificate! See the rules and some possible suggestions right here.  The three most inspiring entries win gift certificates!  The final date for sending in your entry is Monday, October 10th.

There’s still time to win The Power of Six goodies! See the rules and our supermodel Jitse posing with the t-shirt right here.  The final date for sending in the answer to the posed question is Monday, October 17th.

Meet children’s book writer and illustrator Leanne Delehanty! She’ll be coming to both ABC Den Haag and ABC Amsterdam to present her book Jimmy and the Pink Diamond, so you have no excuse to miss her.  :-)   See the separate post for all the details right here.

And finally, we’re all really excited about the fact that there is now an English translation of Pluk van de Petteflet, the book that, next to Jip and Janneke, is read to pretty much every Dutchman (or -woman) in the country when they’re little.  It’s called Tow-Truck Pluck, has all the iconic Fiep Westendorp illustrations, is translated by David Colmer (who shared the IMPAC Dublin Award with Gerbrand Bakker for his translation of The Twin), and can be found at both stores.  Yay!

ABC Meets: Children’s author and illustrator Leanne Delehanty

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The talented author and illustrator Leanne Delehanty has written and illustrated an exciting and beautiful new children’s book set in Amsterdam.

For naughty Jimmy the cat, Amsterdam is a world of cops, robbers, exquisite beauty, and terrible danger.

Jimmy certainly doesn’t expect to fall from the balcony, when he jumps onto the railing to get a better look at someone in the garden. As soon as his feet hit the ground, Jimmy realizes that he has landed into much more trouble than he bargained for. Who and what is that sinister creature in the garden shed? Whether he wants to or not, he will be thrust into a baffling new world.

Leanne is an energetic and entertaining storyteller, and we are thrilled that she wil be part of Children’s Book Week at ABC when she visits us to read from Jimmy and The Pink Diamond.

  • Leanne will be at the ABC Treehut in our store in The Hague on Sunday October 9th from 3pm to 4pm.
  • On Wednesday October 12th Leanne will visit ABC Amsterdam from 3pm to 4pm, on the first floor.

She’ll read from her book, and you’ll have a chance to have your copy signed and have a chat. Copies will be available in our stores soon.

You can see images from Jimmy and The Pink Diamond on Leanne’s website, or on the book’s facebook page.

About the author:

Leanne Delehanty was born in 1948, of Irish parents. She lived in America until she was 16. She then left for Europe, where she worked and studied for many years. Her first publication was in New York, by ‘The Small Spiral Notebook’, a magazine for international writers. In 2006, ‘Jimmy and the Pink Diamond’ was translated and published in The Netherlands. Her next children’s book, ‘The Tiger and the Star’ is awaiting publication. Her last book, ‘The Brussels Legacy’ has just been edited. She has had many international art exhibitions, and there are world-wide collectors of her paintings. She has studied in Paris, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Boston and Amsterdam. Leanne Delehanty has been living and working in Amsterdam since 1988. She is a former member of the SCBWI, and her work was featured in their international summer conference in Los Angeles, 2008.

Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss to visit ABC Amsterdam

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

He’s one of our favorite authors, and was a huge hit with you last time he visited ABC. We’ve had lots of tip-offs from you that the great man would be in Europe again in November, and of course, lots of requests to please, please, PLEASE get him to come to ABC. (Seriously, some of this guy’s biggest fans clearly live right here in The Netherlands.)


Our people talked to his people, and… they have confirmed that Patrick Rothfuss will visit us in November!

Updated on 29/9/2011: Sadly, due to personal circumstances, Patrick Rothfuss’s visit will not be happening in November.  We really hope he will come to visit us at some stage in the future, though, and we sincerely hope everything will be alright for him and his very soon.

Rothfuss is the author of epic fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle, which so far includes The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear.

The details of his visit are still being ironed out, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we know more.

For now, whet your appetite with an interview Tiemen did with him earlier this year in which he told us what his kit would include  in the event of a worldwide zombie apocalypse. ;-)