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|Bukowski tribute weekend|
This weekend, on March 8th and 9th, ABC is commemorating Charles Bukowski, one of our favorite authors who passed away twenty years ago.|
Join us at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam for the opening of Joan Gannij's exhibition of Bukowski photos and artifacts on Saturday, March 9th (there are still a few places available), enjoy the beautiful tribute window at ABC Amsterdam, and take a selfie with a life-size blow-up of Bukowski in the Amsterdam store.
For more information about Bukowski, his work and this weekend's activities, see our site.
|Arab Women's Film Festival and International Women's Day|
At ABC The Hague, we will be celebrating the Arab Women's Film Festival this weekend. On Friday, March 7th, the ABC Treehut in The Hague will host the opening of the film exhibit of ANA ANA, the documentary that will officially open the festival a few hours later. The filmmakers have made an exhibit consisting of a one-screen video installation and special edition stills of ANA ANA.|
We will also be at the Filmhuis Den Haag, where the Arab Women's Film Festival will take place, with a selection of books. See the festival's website for information, screening times and tickets.
Saturday, March 8th, is also International Women's Day. Celebrate everywhere by buying and reading books by women, about women and join #readwomen2014. Here are a few suggestions, to get you started: Mom and Me and Mom (ebook here), Mrs. Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women (ebook), How to Be a Woman (ebook), A Tale for the Time Being (ebook) and The Invention of Wings (ebook).
|Win tickets to The Invisible Woman|
In 1857, the 45 year-old Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) falls in love with 18 year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), who will be his muse/mistress for the rest of his life. Years later, the new life she has made is haunted by that guilty secret relationship.|
Based on Claire Tomalin's book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (ebook here), this is Ralph Fiennes second turn at directing. It premieres in Dutch theaters on March 27th.
We are giving away 3x2 tickets to The Invisible Woman!
All you have to do is answer the following question: Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas (Mrs. Frances Ternan in the movie) starred together in another blockbuster that was based on a very famous book.
What was the title of that book and the name of its author?
Mail your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 17th for a chance to win free tickets! Please include "Dickens" in the subject of your mail.
|Oscar movies based on books|
The Oscars were handed out this past weekend, and the annual questions of best picture, best actor, best actress and best-dressed were answered for another year. Which winners and nominees were based on books, though - that's the only question that matters to a bookstore! |
Here are the books that spawned some serious movie magic:
- 12 Years a Slave (ebook here): winner Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress
- The Great Gatsby (ebook): winner Costume Design
- A Captain's Duty (ebook): nominee Best Picture
- The Lost Child of Philomena Lee (ebook): nominee Best Picture
- The Wolf of Wall Street (ebook): nominee Best Picture
- August: Osage County (ebook): nominee Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress
- The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (ebook)(win a pair of tickets here): nominee Costume Design
- Room on the Broom: nominee Animated Short Film
- Ernest & Celestine: nominee Animated Film
- The Book Thief (ebook): nominee Original Score
- Long Walk to Freedom (ebook): nominee Original Song
- The Hobbit: nominee Sound Editing
- Lone Survivor (ebook): nominee Sound Mixing
- Dirty Wars (ebook): nominee Documentary Feature
We also keep track of movies based on books on our blog every month.
|Receive an ABC discount at Rialto film theater|
Rialto film theater presents Cracking the Frame, a special program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art-related documentaries and artists’ films.|
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers. None of the films has had a theatrical release in the Netherlands so they will be screened in English or with English subtitles.
On March 19th, at 19.30 hrs, Cracking the Frame presents Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. ABC card holders get a €2,- discount for this special screening of the award-winning documentary: €7 instead of €9!
Visit our blog for more information about Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.
|Book Launch: Under the Shade of the Olive Trees by Nadia Zerouali and Merijn Tol|
Join us at ABC Amsterdam on Saturday, March 29th, for a special launch, Q&A and tasting session with food writers Nadia Zerouali and Merijn Tol. You might also recognize them from TV channel 24Kitchen's 'Grenzeloos Koken'.|
After two Dutch-language cookbooks focused on the Arabic influence on Mediterranean cuisine, their third collaboration has now been translated into English as Under the Shade of the Olive Trees.
Come by to taste their flavourful labnes with dukkah or pomegranate with anise, silky hummus and delicious lemon za’atar lemonade. We're sure you won't be able to resist their book, it's filled with over 100 delicious recipes.
Other events in March: Trade-In Day (The Hague only), Sale by Weight (Amsterdam and The Hague), Bukowski Tribute Weekend, Meet My Book and The Price of Peace.
To stay informed about all our events, sign up for our monthly Events Mailing.
|Waaaaay More Than Fifty Shades|
Spring is about get sprung on us. There is no better way to encourage the happy hormones that come with it than to immerse yourself in a steamy novel, and Siren Publishing is here to deliver. No one can better their enthusiasm for putting out sexy smut, neither in volume nor in heat. |
A small selection can be found through this link, but an Advanced Search for ’Siren Publishing’ on our site will yield seas of saucy romps for readers of almost all sexual persuasions. Because these otherwise hard-to-get titles can be printed-and-tightly-bound in our very own stores on our Espresso Book Machines, you won’t have to wait long to get your eager hands on them. They may be so hot off the press that they’re still warm to the touch...
After all, why limit yourself to just fifty shades of gray when you can have the entire color spectrum?
|ABC Fact of the Month: Spanish-language books and magazines|
Did you know... that we have a section with Spanish books at ABC The Hague where you can find both fiction and non-fiction titles? |
Some popular Spanish-language titles we stock are La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind), El juego de Ripper (Ripper), Rayuela (Hopscotch) and Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude). We can also order many more Spanish-language books through our US supplier. Delivery time is usually about a week, so feel free to check with us what we can get for you.
We also stock some children's books and have Spanish-language magazines such as Cosmopolitan en Español, Vogue España, People Español and TVyNovelas.
Would you like to pick up your Spanish books or magazines in our store in Amsterdam? No problem, just call or mail ABC The Hague, and we will put your books or magazines in the next delivery to Amsterdam.
On May 9th we will have a special Spanish Evening in The Hague. Please check the Upcoming Events on our website for more information closer to the date.
|You Ask, We Answer|
We are often asked for reading suggestions and recommendations, from one bookworm to another. We love these questions, so please don’t hesitate to ask us. If one of us doesn’t know an answer, we’ll ask a colleague whether they have any tips. Step right up to us in either store or else mail your quandaries to email@example.com.|
“I recently bought De eerste letter by Lieke Marsman, an autobiographical poetry book. It’s about her dealing with anxiety, loneliness and love. Normally I’m not into poems, but I liked this one. Are there female poets in English that fall in the same category as Lieke Marsman?” - Darice
ABC Amsterdam’s Poetry buyer Renate suggests the poetry of Ariana Reines. Other than Reines, she recommends, though they're not all female and/or young:
- Hello, the Roses by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
- The New Clean by Jon Sands
- To See the Queen by Allison Seay
- Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido
To see Renate's answer in full, check our blog.
The Girl With All The Gifts - M. R. Carey (ebook here)|
"I am a sucker for near-future dystopian fiction and The Girl With All The Gifts definitely stilled my hunger… and I didn’t even have to eat anyone. ... Don’t let the word 'zombies' put you off because this fast-paced and unsettling dystopian novel is foremost about love and redemption in this coming-of-age story." - Karin van Eck
Lion Heart - Justin Cartwright (ebook)
"I wanted to love it, I really did. But it just didn’t prove to be the treat I was hoping for. And the disappointing thing is, it had all the elements of a great read." - Eefje Koppers
Peter Pan - Regis Loisel
"It’s been a while a graphic story was able to suck me in with great art and ditto storytelling, but Loisel’s Peter Pan more than lived up to my expectations. ... Readers who are only familiar with the Disney incarnation are in for a surprise, because this is a dark and brooding tale aimed at adults, not kids." - Michael Minneboo
See our blog for many more book reviews.
|Best of the Bits|
Read an alphabet of books this year. Forty movies that you (probably) didn't know were based on comic books. And blind dates with books can now be found at ABC The Hague, too! |
Let your mind snack on our tasty Bookbits and Store Bits, filled with news about the literary world in general and ABC in particular.
Check our blog regularly for other bookish facts and frivolities, like fun promotions and recently-arrived titles.
|New & Notable Titles - Non Fiction|
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel|
Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn confli ... more
Chineasy : the New Way to Read Chinese by Shaolan Hsueh|
Learn to read and write Chinese with Chineasy--a groundbreaking approach that transforms key Chinese characters into pictograms for easy recall and comprehension.
Chinese is one of the oldest written languages, and one of the most difficult to master, especially for Westerners. With Chineasy, learning and reading Chinese has never been simpler or more fun. Breaking down the Great Wall of Language, ... more
Fashionable Selby by Todd Selby|
Expected on March 18th.
The next installment in the bestselling "Selby" series, "Fashionable Selby" explores the kaleidoscopic world of fashion, featuring profiles of today's most interesting designers, stylists, haberdashers, models, shoemakers, and more. The subjects include a mix of the avant-garde, the traditional, the must-haves, and the totally unexpected. Chapters on individual artists bring readers inside their s ... more
Fractured Times : Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century by Eric Hobsbawm|
Ebook available here.
An engaging and provocative look at culture in the 19th and 20th centuries, from one of Britain's foremost political historians. Takes in subjects as diverse as religion, manifestos and the myth of the American cowboy. From the author of "How To Change The World, Age Of Extremes" and many others.
HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen|
The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle
Hillary Clinton's surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she ... more
News : a User's Manual by Alain De Botton|
Ebook available here.
From the author of "The Art of Travel," a thought-provoking look at the manic and peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives.
"What does the news do to our brains, our souls, and our views of one another?
We spend an inordinate amount of time checking on it. It molds how we view reality, we're increasingly addicted to it on our luminous gadgets, we check it every morning when we wake ... more
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon|
Ebook available here.
In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by stealing from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey getting known. Show Your Work is about why generosity trumps genius. It s about getting findable, abo ... more
Talk like Ted : the 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by Carmine Gallo|
A powerful guide to public speaking, based on scientific analysis of hundreds of TED presentations and interviews with TED speakers.
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku|
Ebook available here.
Recording memories, mind reading, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis - no longer are these feats of the mind solely the province of overheated science fiction. This title takes us on a tour of the top laboratories around the world to meet the scientists who are already revolutionising the way we think about the brain.
|New & Notable Titles - Fiction|
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi|
BOY Novak turns twenty and decides to try for a brand-new life. SNOW is mild-mannered, and cherished - exactly the sort of little girl Boy never was. When BIRD is born Boy is forced to re-evaluate the image Arturo's family have presented to her, and Boy, Snow and Bird are broken apart. This novel is about three women and an unbreakable bond.
French Affair by Katie Fforde|
Regular paperback edition. Ebook available here.
Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century.
Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill|
The shadows have never been darker and the end has never been closer. Turn the key and open the last door; it's time to say goodbye.
The Gate Thief by Orson Scott Card|
Regular paperback edition.
In this sequel to "The Lost Gate," bestselling author Orson Scott Card continues his fantastic Mither Mages series about the Mages of Westil, who live in exile on Earth, in "The Gate Thief."
Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of thirteen centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can't control him ... more
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes|
Ebook available here.
One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Me Before You"
American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the "New York Times" bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation "Me Before You." Now, with "One Plus ... more
Watch Your Back by Karen Rose|
Regular paperback edition. Ebook available here.
A cold case reopened. A murderer re-emerging more deadly than ever before...
Baltimore Homicide Detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she's still a fighter. When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she's determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target.
It's former Marine Clay Maynard's job t ... more
Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book III by Colin Meloy|
From Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society, comes the stunning third book in the New York Times bestselling fantasy-adventure series the Wildwood Chronicles.
A young girl's midnight seance awakens a long-slumbering malevolent spirit. . . . A band of runaway orphans allies with an underground collective of saboteurs ... more
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson|
Expected second week of March.
Having met the challenge of a posthumous collaboration with the great Robert Jordan to complete his classic, bestselling fantasy series The Wheel of Time(R) with "three" #1 "New York Times" bestsellers in a row, Brandon Sanderson is at last free to return to the decade-spanning task of creating his own multi-volume epic, one that he hopes will make a comparable mark on the field. That epic is The ... more