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|In Memory of Rick|
Rick Lightstone, professional bookseller and ABC's public relations entrepreneur extraordinaire, passed away unexpectedly on September 23rd. |
We are still reeling from this shock but the many heartfelt condolences, tributes and messages we've received are helping us begin to cope with the giant Rick-shaped hole in our lives. Thank you all so much for your love and sensitivity.
We would like to invite you to a special event to celebrate Rick's life on Sunday 2 October from 17.00 - 19.00 hrs, in the Amsterdam store.
Together with you we would love to share memories about the lovable story teller, booklover and people-connector who touched so many people's lives and was part of our ABC team for over 28 years. Please reserve so that we know roughly how many people to expect.
If you'd like to say or read something, play music or do something else to commemorate Rick, let us know in the comments when you reserve.
We also invite you to bring something to share (cookies, something to drink) and a stone for Rick's family. Within the Jewish faith, it is customary to leave a small stone on the grave. The stones will be symbols of the lasting presence of Rick’s life and memory.
Rick organised a LOT of events. Some of his favorites included David Sedaris (twice), Patti Smith (twice), Ziggy Marley, REM, Lee Child, and Steve McCurry. He also championed various local heroes like Erik Kessels, Laser 3.14, Henk Schiffmacher, and Niels 'Shoe' Meulman.
A few years ago, Maria conducted a series of interviews of the ABC staff for our website. Rick's interview can be found here. Oscar van Gelderen, from Lebowski Publishing, wrote a beautiful in memoriam about Rick, and artist Laser 3.14 made the fantastic visual (above) on the streets of Amsterdam.
|Below are some of Rick's favorite books. When he loved something, he LOVED it and would champion it with vigor. Because of his passion many of the titles have become ABC bestsellers. He also tirelessly invited many of these authors and creatives to visit us for events - and most of them caught his excitement bug and actually came by!|
Lonely Planet Greek Islands by Lonely Planet|
Lonely Planet Greek Islands is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Meander down the cobbled alleyways of Rhodes Old Town, unwind on sandy stretches of Greece's remote shores, or catch the Santorini sunset; all with your trusted travel companion.
Kl: a History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann|
The first definitive history of the Nazi concentration camp system, KL will remain an essential read for years to come.
In a landmark work of history, Nikolaus Wachsmann offers an unprecedented, integrated account of the Nazi concentration camps from their inception in 1933 through their demise, seventy years ago, in the spring of 1945. The Third Reich has been studied in more depth more
Reckless Daughter: a Joni Mitchell Anthology by Barney Hoskyns|
Rick would have loved to read this new book on one of his favorite Canadian singers.
Joni Mitchell has only visited the U.S. Top 40 singles chart four times in her long recording career - and the Top 20 just once. So much for 'stoking the starmaker machinery behind the popular song', as she sang in her 1974 song 'Free Man in Paris'.
What Joni has done, on the other hand, is record a handful of masterful albums - Blue, Court And Spark, The Hissing Of Summer Lawns for more
Waging Heavy Peace: a Hippie Dream by Neil Young|
Presents a kaleidoscopic view of personal life and musical creativity. This title offers a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.
Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs by Anthony Bannon|
American photographer Steve McCurry (b.1950) is universally recognized as one of today's finest image-makers and has won many of photography's top awards. This special limited-edition monograph brings together the most memorable and beautiful of his images, taken around the world over the last 30 years. McCurry's ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture fleeting moments of more
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|ABC The Hague's 40th Birthday|
Much though Rick will be missed, life does go on, and we're glad we also have some good news to report on in this mailing: ABC The Hague turns 40 this year!
One of the ways we are celebrating is with a special late night shopping night for everybody with a registered Booklover Card, ABC Gold Card (65+), and Teacher Discount on Friday 28 October from 19.00 - 21.00 hrs.
Just show your card at the door* and enjoy browsing the store after hours with a beverage in one hand and a snack in the other. Chat with your fellow booklovers and the ABC The Hague staff, and have a look at a little bit of ABC history on the walls of our Treehut upstairs. We'll also have an extra discount on our in-stock ABC Favorites, ABC Staff Choices, and magazines.
We hope to see you then!
*Teachers: since you are registered but cardless we can check your details at the front register.
|Book Launch: WHOLE by Freudenthal/Verhagen|
On Saturday 8 October photographers Carmen Freudenthal and Elle Verhagen will present WHOLE, a tribute to their monumental body of work spanning more than 25 years of photography, at the Amsterdam store.|
The work of Freudenthal/Verhagen is unusual, weird and wonderful, a unique mix of fashion, photoshop and fine art. The world they create may look realistic but reality can not be further away.
Freudenthal/Verhagen are known for their museum shows (Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Centraal Museum, Utrecht), fashion editorials (i-D, Dazed & Confused, NRC De LUXE and Harpers Bazaar), commissioned campaigns, portraits and their long time collaboration with fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm. They are represented by The Ravenstijn Gallery Amsterdam.
|2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist|
Have you read them all yet? The six books that made the Man Booker Prize shortlist this year? |
If you haven't, don't worry. You have a few more weeks to read them because the winner is announced on October 25th. The bookies' favorite appears to be Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien.
|New & Notable Titles - Non Fiction|
Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge|
On an average day in America, seven young people, aged nineteen or under, will be shot dead.In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning Guardian journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost on one random dayNovember 23, 2013. Ten children died that day. From Jaiden Dixon, nine, shot point-blank by his mother s ex-boyfriend on his doorstep in suburban Ohio, to Tyshon more
Don't Read This Book: Time Management for Creative People by Donald Roos|
Most of our ideas never see the light of day. Why? If you ask a creative person, the answer will always revolve around time. Don't Read This Book focuses on how to make choices about everything you do in your daily creative practice and life.
It s not about a minimalist way to spend and organize your creative time as Hemingway with twitter, it s not even to be as synthetic as you can in your more
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari|
During the twentieth century, humankind has managed to do the impossible: we have brought famine, plague and war under control. Today, more people die from obesity than from starvation; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed in war. We are the only species in earth's long history that has single-handedly changed the entire more
My Turn by Johan Cruyff|
Johan Cruyff is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. Throughout his playing career, he was synonymous with Total Football, a style of play in which every player could play in any position on the pitch. Today, his philosophy lives on in teams across Europe, from Barcelona to Bayern Munich and players from Lionel Messi to Cesc Fabrecas. My Turn tells the story of more
Plant: Exploring the Botanical World by Phaidon|
The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever.
Following in the footsteps of the international bestseller Map: Exploring the World, this fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. It combines photographs and cutting-edge micrograph scans with watercolours, drawings, more
Time Travel by James Gleick|
From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.
The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book and an more
|New & Notable Titles - Fiction|
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo|
The hotly-anticipated sequel to SIX OF CROWS, this is Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in a fantasy epic from the number 1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of SHADOW AND BONE, SIEGE AND STORM and RUIN AND RISING, Leigh Bardugo.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable.
But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're fighting for their more
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas|
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With more
Nix by Hill n|
Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn't seen his mother, Faye, since she walked out when he was a child. But then one day there she is, all over the news, throwing rocks at a presidential candidate. In this stunning debut novel, Samuel will rethink everything he ever knew about his mother--a woman with an epic story of her own, a story she kept hidden from the world.
The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories|
'We were kids - but good kids. If I may say so myself. We're much smarter now, so smart it's pathetic.
Except for Bavink, who went crazy' A husband forms gruesome plans for his new fridge; a government employee has a haunting experience on his commute home; prisoners serve as entertainment for wealthy party guests; an army officer suffers a monstrous tropical illness. These short stories more
The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky|
Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul, so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken more
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue|
Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.
Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a more