Posts Tagged ‘Lynn’

Our Favorite Reads: Renate, Lynn, Maarten

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

It’s time for this blog’s favorite posts of the year: the ABC Staff’s Favorite Reads of 2014! We hope these books, magazines, games, and more will help you start your new literary year with a bang.

We want to know about YOUR favorite reads, too.  They don’t have to be books published in 2014, just read in 2014.  Please mail your Top 5 reads, and your reasons for enjoying them so much, to by Christmas Day.  Your favorites will kick off the new year for this blog, as they have done for the past 7 years, and you will receive a € 7,50 ABC Gift Certificate as a thank you!


Store Bits: Author Visits, Minoes in English, Vintage ABC ads, EBMs in the Wild, Chickens & Unicorns

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

….aaaaand I’m back from vacation!  The amount of You Reviews I still have to post is STUPENDOUS, so please be patient with me as I work through them from oldest to newest.  (This will really take me a few weeks, sorry!).  But first I want to update you on the store happenings while I’ve been away.  - Blogmistress Sophie

First and foremost, we had an impromptu author visit!  I do love these an awful lot.  The one and only Mr. Tony Lee Moral visited ABC Amsterdam, and he was kind enough to sign his books Alfred Hitchcock’s Moviemaking Master Class and The Making of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (ebook available here).  Jilles featured him in his piece on Hitchcock books last year.  Also, the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam is running a special series: The Hitchcock Touch.  It’ll run until October 12th, so there’s still time to watch the movies and see what Tony Lee is so excited about.

Luke also remembered that ABC is actually home to several published authors.  In fact, we have an impromptu author visit every time Lynn, Jilles or Steven enters the building!  Here’s Lynn with a freshly signed copy of her co-authored book, Passing on the Comfort.


We try to post pictures of our events on our Facebook page.  Here are some images of Byron Katie’s book signing session in July, and we also have some of the fab Hair Story talk and signing (though not collected in one album).  Of course, actually being there beats pictures every time, so sign up for our monthly Events Mailing to stay informed!


In the category “Book News That Makes Us Squeal With Delight”: Annie M. G. Schmidt’s beloved children’s book classic Minoes has been translated anew, by none other than award-winning David Colmer.  The new English title is The Cat Who Came In Off The Roof, and the cover is beautifully retro.  We love it!

For you GoT fanatics: Minoes inspired a lovely film which was Carice ‘Melisandre‘ van Houten’s break-out role in The Netherlands.  And, as the old saying goes, once you are famous in The Netherlands you will be cast in Game of Thrones.


Our Jilles found this vintage ABC ad in the Weekend of Terror booklet from 1987 (that weekend was the ancestor of today’s Imagine Filmfestival).  ”The shelves of hell!” It even has the old ABC The Hague address.  :-D


Fellow social-medialite Karin was supposed to be on vacation, but she kept sending pictures of signed copies of Otherbound that she found in the US, and also this Espresso Book Machine, which can be found in downtown Las Vegas.  This one is funded by grants. Most of the books made on it are self-published, which pretty much corresponds with our machines.


And finally, two First Floor customers at ABC Amsterdam this week, photographed by Luke.  Because sometimes you just need to be a chicken.  Or a unicorn.

Store Bits: Out-of-print Crime, fascinating steps, an interview, find a new literary crush

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

“These out-of-print classic crime titles are once again available on our shelves at ABC Amsterdam in prestine condition (one copy per title only)! This month among the titles, the scary When Michael Calls by John Farris and the creepy Blood Secrets by Craig Jones.  All books are EUR 10.99.” – Jilles


Luke shot some proof that ABC always has something fascinating for you to discover, even if you can’t read yet.  :-)

(In case you were wondering: they’re looking at a step-stool.)


Former ABC customer Verushka interviewed Lynn, Avo and Karin for her eclectic pop culture website pop.edit.lit!  Check out the interview here.


And Sophie (that would be yours truly) hopes you’ll discover a new literary crush among the fresh batch of blind book dates she’s put up on the Romance shelf at ABC The Hague.  Hubba hubba!

ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 1: Jilles, Marten, Lynn

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It’s my favorite part of the blogging year: our favorite reads!  The ABC staff has looked through all the books and magazines they’ve read over the past year, or games they played, or stationery they used, and picked out their top 5 (or 4, or 8).  Every single item in these posts comes highly recommended, and we hope to add some ideas to your 2014 reading list.

Of course, we always love reading tips ourselves, too, and so we hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013 to us.  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.

Our first Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

  • Jilles: Always expanding his world- as well as inner view.
  • Marten:  Knows everything about the life and times of Jesus and is still waiting for his religious epiphany.
  • Lynn: Owner and, more importantly, mother of the ABCs. Creative business spirit, redhead and still a hippie at heart.



Store Bits: Section changes, bargains, ABC’s Rick in the papers

Friday, May 24th, 2013

First off, a few section changes at ABC The Hague!  Penguin has decided to discontinue their Penguin Popular Classics series.  *sniff*

As a result, ABC The Hague’s remaining popular classics stock has been redistributed to the Fiction, Drama, and Poetry sections.  You will now find our Digital Age books where the popular classics used to be (near the beginning of the SciFi/Fantasy section), and the Nature/Animals section finally has some breathing room again, where the Digital Age books used to be (near the Information Desk).  Hooray!

Lynn loved this article about Sarah McNally, bookstore owner / purveyor of the life of the mind.  Who loves her EBM like we love ours.  :-)

Marten has a new bargain for you:  Footprints by Co Rentmeester.  “This World-renowned Dutch photojournalist’s book, spanning his entire career is now available for the bargain price of 29.99 euro! This book is bound to become a classic, don’t leave till it’s too late! Buy it now and you won’t regret it!”

Sign up for our irregular bargains mailing if you want to keep up-to-date.

And finally, a proper version of the Parool article celebrating our Rick’s 25th ABC Anniversary!  The article is by Lorianne van Gelder for Het Parool, translated by Alexander Moust and edited by Bryna Hellmann-Gillson. March 12, 2013.  Below is the first part, after the break you can read the rest!

That Canadian with one sweater.

Rick Lightstone, the enthusiastic PR-person at the American Book Center, has close to 5,000 Facebook friends. He remembers anyone who’s been in the shop longer than merely dropping in to find and pay for a book. Without his presence and efforts, many international stars, like Stephen Fry, Dionne Warwick, Ziggy Marley, Spike Lee and David Sedaris, would not have come to the bookshop on the Spui.

ABC’s PR-man is a real networker, so his friends and colleagues say, but not in the tedious ‘good-for-business’ sense of the word. “He’s the man through and with whom people come together,” says Gary Goldschneider, writer and dear friend to Lightstone for years. “He often says, ‘This is someone you need to meet,’ and he’s always right.”

Recently Lightstone celebrated his 25 years’ jubilee at ABC. “It was a beautiful party,” director Lynn Kaplanian-Buller says. “We sang for him and gave him a Holtkamp pie and a blank-paged book in which we spur him on to finally write his autobiography.”

Born in Montreal in 1954, Lightstone is a man with a story to tell. Even the way he came to work at ABC is a narrative worth sharing. In 1987, his Dutch wife Yvonne walked into the shop and asked if they had a vacancy for her husband. Kaplanian-Buller hired him after one phone conversation. Lightstone was still employed at a bookstore in Vancouver, Canada. “He sent in a fantastic resumè in which he described his extensive experience in the book trade. Getting a work permit was no problem, as he was married to a Dutch woman.” With so many good references, she simply couldn’t refuse him.