All November: NaNoWriMo! Write a 50000 word novel in 30 days!
Tuesday, November 2nd: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham will be talking about his sixth and latest book, By Nightfall, at the University of Amsterdam from 20.00 hrs onwards. See the John Adams Institute website for all the details.
Friday, November 5th: Urban artist King Adz will visit Hotel V to sign his newest book Street Knowledge, from 17.00 – 19.00 hrs. See the separate blog post with all the details, and who to mail to sign up for the event.
Wednesday, November 10th: ABC is in the Wild! We will be at Paard van Troje in Den Haag to support the concert given by Nneka in honor of the activist Ken Saro-Wiwa (and also to sell his books, of course), starting at 18.3o hrs.
Wednesday November 17th – Saturday November 20th: The Crossing Border Festival will take place in Den Haag. This mish-mash of musicians and authors has been a long-standing feature of the cultural agenda in Den Haag, and this year promises not to disappoint, either. Artists scheduled to appear are Rufus Wainwright, Wim de Bie, DBC Pierre, Roddy Doyle, Anna Driver, Jamie Lidell, and Michael Madsen, to name a very few.
Thursday, November 18th: Pianist Lang Lang will present his autobiography Journey of a Thousand Miles (and play a little?) at De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, starting at 20.00 hrs. See the John Adams Institute website for all the details.
Thursday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Day!
Tuesday, November 30th: Tattoo artist extraordinaire Kat Von D will be at ABC Amsterdam to sign her newest book The Tattoo Chronicles, from 18.00 – 20.00 hrs. See the separate post for all the details.
Tuesday, November 30th: Watch the TEDx Amsterdam conference live at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam! It’s free, but first come, first serve, so get there early if you want to catch the lectures. See the separate post for all the details.
Wednesday, December 1st: Author Lionel Shriver will visit Spui25 in Amsterdam at the invitation of the John Adams Institute. Her gut-wrenching novel We Need to Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize in 2005, and her latest, So Much For That, has been shortlisted for this year’s National Book Award. Go see her! See the John Adams website for more information.
Thursday, December 2nd: Author Wladimir Kaminer will visit Border Kitchen in Den Haag in honor of the Dutch translation of his latest novel Es gab keinen Sex im Sozialismus. As far as I can see only one of his books has so far been translated into English: Russian Disco. See the Border Kitchen website for more information.
Thursday, December 2nd: Palestinian Ambassador Afif Safieh will sign his book The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown at the ABC in Den Haag from 19.30 – 20.30 hrs. See the separate blog post for all the details.
Saturday, December 4th: And again! Palestinian Ambassador Afif Safieh will present and sign his book The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown, this time at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, from 13.30 until 17.00 hrs. See the separate blog post for all the details.
Tuesday, December 14th: Filmmaker Spike Lee will visit Amsterdam at the invitation of the John Adams Institute. Not much information is available right now about what he will be presenting or talking about (I’m guessing it might have to do something with Spike Lee: Do The Right Thing, a book published in December in honor of the 20th anniversary of the game-changing movie of the same name), but visit their website for updates.