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September always feels like a new beginning. |
Most of us have returned from a summer holiday, a new school year has begun, the eagerly-awaited September Vogue magazine is in stock, the big names in the literary world release their new titles, and the 2015 calendars begin to occupy the shelves. Book events are on the upswing, too (there are 8 events planned so far in September, compared to 7 in July and August combined), not to mention the regular courses at our Treehouse and Treehut.
We're thrilled to begin the cycle anew, and so very glad you are joining us. We hope to see you soon!
Thanks for reading,
Sophie, Karin and Nicki
ABC News Team
|Interactive book party with Lavinia Bakker|
Join creator Lavinia Bakker at ABC Amsterdam on Saturday, September 6th, for an interactive presentation of her book Once Upon a Time I Was...|
Prepare to answer and ask questions about your life you never thought about before and share these with your loved ones. What would you like to know and what would you like people to know about you? Write down your own questions and see what wonderful answers other book party visitors come up with.
Once Upon a Time I Was... is a "guided diary" which helps you create your own autobiography by means of questions and space for pictures, little drawings, lists of your favorite things, your memories and more. Record the stories of your life (or a loved one's life) in this keepsake that will be cherished for generations to come. Think of how nice it would have been for your mother or grandmother to have filled this book with their responses, memories, photos and drawings, allowing you a glimpse into their lives of yore. We hope to see you there!
Other book events in September: Trade-In Day (ONLY at ABC The Hague), Deborah Harkness: The Book of Life, Marcel Ruijter: Graphic Novel Artist, Amsterdam Slavery Heritage Guide, Magic Prerelease: Khans of Tarkir, Pitch Your Book Idea to a Professional Publisher, and Herman Koch: Summer House with Swimming Pool.
Early heads-up: Food blogger Sarah Britton will visit us in October for a Q&A and preview of recipes for her upcoming book, My New Roots: Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season.
To stay informed about all our events, sign up for our monthly Events Mailing.
|John Green and Corinne Duyvis prize draw winners|
Before the summer break we had three prize draws in quick succession. The prizes on offer were an autographed copy of Corinne Duyvis's debut, Otherbound, as well as various John Green-related paraphernalia. All you had to do was answer one of these questions:|
- Name at least one other Young Adult novel that you loved that deals with LGBT issues.
- You’ve read EVERYTHING by John Green. What author should you read next?
- Besides all the John Green novels, what is your favorite Young Adult book (fiction or non-fiction, English or Dutch)?
Here are some of the wonderful answers we received:
"Lately for some "reading challenges," I’ve been reading a few very good LGBT themed Young Adult novels. My favourites by far were Ask the Passengers by A.S. King and How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis. I also greatly enjoyed Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. As for sci-fi, I recommend Adaptation by Malinda Lo :)"
"After you’ve read everything by John Green, you might experience what is known as a book hangover. Because, although John Green’s books are amazing, some are also quite sad. So to get over this you’ll need another cute and funny read but without the (spoiler alert!) death involved. I think a great book for this is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell."
"Francesca Lia Block! Her Weetzie Bat series is quirky and colourful and great fun. And on top of that the books carry a great underlying message of inclusiveness and accepting & even celebrating our differences. It’s a crying shame Block and her books are not more widely known."
"Momo en de tijdspaarders by Michael Ende (English title: Momo).
But frankly now I feel bad for all the other beautiful books I read at that time and were just at beautiful… Shame on you: you do know that there are so many books in that time period. Every one of them beautiful in their own way!"
Thank you to everyone who sent in their reading suggestions. As usual you have given us lots of inspiration that we hope to pass on to other bookworms everywhere. :-)
To see the full list of winners as well as all the answers given by every entrant, head over to our blog.
Ebooks available for The Fault in Our Stars, Ask the Passengers, Adaptation, Fangirl, and Weetzie Bat.
|Fact of the Month: Staff recommendations on abc.nl - by subject, theme or color|
While we always love hearing about your favorites, we also try to make our own for you. Our fabulous IT people, known internally as The Goats, came up with recommendation lists for abc.nl a few years back, and this summer ABC The Hague colleagues Simone and Ester have been hard at work to update and expand them.|
The results can be found on the Staff Recommendations by Subject page on our website.
Looking for Dutch fiction in English? Science Fiction & Fantasy? Or do you prefer History or Social Science or Art? Or some old-fashioned pulp?
Perhaps, after that window display in Amsterdam last month, you really, really need to read a blue book? Orange? Black? Ester has even uncovered a whole theory behind cover colors, which you can read here.
Please, have a rummage through all those categories. We're certain you'll find something you never knew you needed to read!
|Recently (self-)published on our Espresso Book Machine|
Our Espresso Book Machines just keep churning them out: books self-published by local authors, theses, classics, travel journals, personal histories... If you haven't heard about or seen them in action, click here or drop by either store. Nothing beats seeing a book come out of the chute, and you'll better understand the origin of the phrase "hot off the press"!|
Some recently (self-)published titles from our EBMs are:
- The Transparency of Things by Rupert Spira
- The Colossus of Ylourgne and Three Others by Clark Ashton Smith
- The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill
- White Phosporus by Laser 3.14
- Nederlands voor Beginners (3e herziening) by M.H. van Kasbergen and L.A. van Kasbergen
- Talking to Strange Men by Guy Wilson
- Alexander Borodin: composer, scientist, educator by Willem Vijvers
Will YOUR book be featured in an upcoming News Mailing? Find out how to publish your own book here.
|Amsterdam Zine Jam 2014 call out|
Have you made a zine? Then Zine Jam wants to show it! |
The 2014 Amsterdam Zine Jam will be held on October 4th, organised once more by ReKult, and we will showcase some of the artwork in a window display at ABC Amsterdam. Last year's Zine Jam was a melting pot of creativity and DIY-publishers and fun, as you can see here.
Click here for more information and to download the call out. The deadline is September 21st, 2014.
|You Review: the latest releases, reviewed by ABC customers|
Munich Airport - Greg Baxter (ebook available here)|
"The story is a raw and compelling report of troublesome family ties, complicated relationships, and getting to grips with feelings of guilt. It left me speechless for a while – but I’m sure that in due course I will look at some of Greg Baxter’s other work." - Anouschka van Leeuwen
You Review: We Are Called To Rise – Laura McBride
"From the first page, I loved the book. The writing is very good and the voices are genuine. One of the protagonists is the third-grader Bakshim. My biggest pet peeve is that writers often give the children in their novels a voice beyond their years, but McBride gets it just right with Bakshim." - Kayleigh Goudsmit
The Price of Peace – Ron Muyzert (self-published on our EBMs)
"Whilst unfolding the story of the donation, author Ron Muyzert lifts the veil of history, sharing his factual knowledge of Israel and the way its politicians ensure a state of their own. While diplomat Ginsberg’s story is fictional, he learns stories from the past that are real. Muyzert manages to keep that balance." - Sheila Schenkel
See our blog for many more book reviews.
|Best of the Bits|
In honor of which book's 60th anniversary did ABC The Hague have 8 editions in stock?|
Which authors paid our store an impromptu visit this summer?
What section was recently created at ABC Amsterdam?
If you are one of the customers who posed as Chicken or Unicorn: you made our day! Thank you. :-)
Let your mind snack on our tasty Bookbits and Store Bits! They are filled with news about the literary world in general and ABC in particular.
Check our blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed regularly for other bookish facts and frivolities, like recently-arrived titles and staff choices.
|New & Notable Titles - Fiction|
Adultery by Paulo Coelho|
A thought-provoking novel about the blurred lines between love and infatuation, adventure and self-sabotage. Linda is happily married to a wealthy man, has two children and works as a journalist – she knows she is lucky which only makes her unhappiness more confusing. While being afraid of change, she is also terrified of life continuing as it is. A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, ...
Cat Who Came in off the Roof ( Minoes ) by Annie M.G. Schmidt|
New translation of the Dutch title "Minoes," by award-winning translator David Colmer.
Tibble is a reporter. He only ever writes about cats, and he's about to be fired. Minou is a young woman who has moved into Tibble's flat. She hates dogs, likes rooftops, loves the fishmonger, and happens to have been, until very recently, a cat. With her feline friends listening out for all the local human ...
Children Act by Ian Mcewan|
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for ...
Danger is Everywhere: a Handbook for Avoiding Danger by David O'doherty|
This fully illustrated, totally wacky story is about an everyman who is afraid of everything! Docter (note the "e"--he fully admits he's not a real doctor) Noel Zone, Dangerologist, is going to teach readers how to avoid danger at all costs. If they reach the end of the book and pass the quiz based on what they've learned, they become a Level 1 Dangerologist (Noel is a Level 5, though, so don't ...
Edge of Eternity: Book Three of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett|
Ken Follett's Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. It has been called "potent, engrossing" ("Publishers Weekly") and "truly epic" ("Huffington Post"). "USA Today" said, "You actually feel like you're there."
"Edge of Eternity," the finale, covers one of the most ...
Isla and the Happily Ever after by Stephanie Perkins|
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, ...
Lock in by John Scalzi|
A novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern SF
Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselvs “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to ...
Paying Guests by Sarah Waters|
Ebook available here.
From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London.
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa - a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, ...
Personal (jack Reacher 19) by Lee Child|
Lee Child has become a bestselling juggernaut, and his iconic hero Jack Reacher has been dubbed "one of the most enduring action heroes on the American landscape." (The New York Times). With each new entry, critics fall harder for Reacher and legions of new fans climb on the bandwagon. Now, Child once again gives a jolt of pure adrenaline to the suspense genre, with a story so gripping that even ...
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella|
Expected any day now.
This title will go on sale on September 25th, 2014.
Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA - city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour - and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, ...
Stone Mattress : Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood|
A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace.
Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias ...
The Bone Clocks by Mitchell David|
An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and master prose stylist, David Mitchell - the prizewinning author of "Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, " and "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" - has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, "The Bone Clocks, " crackles with invention and wit - fiction at its most spellbinding ...
The Property by Rutu Modan|
Winner of the Eisner Award 2014!
After the death of her son, Regina Segal takes her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw, hoping to reclaim a family property lost during World War II. As they get to know modern Warsaw, Regina is forced to recall difficult things about her past, and Mica begins to wonder if maybe their reasons for coming aren't a little different than her grandmother led her to ...
The Wraith, Welcome to Christmasland by Joe Hill|
Joe Hill's New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Talent Manx III. Now, in an original new comic miniseries, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers and sure to delight fans of the book.
Zone of Interest by Martin Amis|
"Once upon a time there was a king, and the king commissioned his favorite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn't show you your reflection. It showed you your soul--it showed you who you really were."
"The wizard couldn't look at it without turning away. The king couldn't look at it. The courtiers couldn't look at it. A chestful of treasure was offered to anyone who could look at it ...
|New & Notable Titles - Non Fiction|
100 Ideas That Changed the Web by Jim Boulton|
This innovative title looks at the history of the Web from its early roots in the research projects of the US government to the interactive online world we know and use today.
Fully illustrated with images of early computing equipment and the inside story of the online world's movers and shakers, the book explains the origins of the Web's key technologies, such as hypertext and mark-up language, ...
Jamie's Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver|
Jamie Oliver's new cookbook brings together a hundred of the best comfort food recipes from around the world, inspired by everything from childhood memories to the changing of the seasons, and taking into account the guilty pleasures and sweet indulgences that everyone enjoys.
Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food is all about the food you want to eat, made exactly how you like it. With this in mind, the ...
Mum's Family Calendar 2015 by Sandra Boynton|
It’s the super calendar for super mums. Mum’s Family Calendar combines the usefulness of a planner with Sandra Boynton’s funny, colorful, and energetic animal illustrations. The generous, ingeniously designed grids allow parents to see what each family member is doing every day of the month. Add a lively crew of silly chickens, tumbling cats, marching reindeer, and befuddled frogs, and it’s total ...
Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi|
The hotly anticipated follow-up to London chef Yotam Ottolenghi's bestselling and award-winning cookbook "Plenty," featuring 120 vegetarian dishes organized by cooking method.
Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the world's most beloved culinary talents. In this hotly anticipated follow-up to his bestselling "Plenty," he continues to explore the diverse realm of vegetarian food with a wholly original ...
River Cottage Light & Easy : Healthy Recipes for Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall|
'Eating more healthily isn't about denial. For example, reducing one's dependence on wheat flour and dairy ingredients, which don't appear at all in this book, turns out to be a delicious voyage of discovery. New grains, new oils, new tastes, new combinations: it all adds up to a new zest for life.' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Ever lack the time or inspiration to cook a nourishing meal after a ...
The Imaginary World Of... by Keri Smith|
What kind of world would you like to inhabit?
To imagine something different, better, or more interesting is to push the existing world into a state of change. Some of the greatest revolutionary acts of our time came to be because someone had the courage to imagine something new.
In "The Imaginary World of.".., Keri Smith asks readers to imagine something new: a unique world of their own ...
The Monocle Guide to Good Business by Monocle|
The Monocle Guide to Good Business is a book for would-be business leaders, start-ups, and established companies that feel it’s time for some new ideas. It’s a book made to be used. Write in its margins and turn over the corners of its pages. But don’t expect management speak or miracles for untold riches. This is not a book about staging a revolution. Rather, this is a book about doing things ...
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John W. Dean|
Based on Nixon's previously overlooked secret recordings - a revelatory new look at Watergate by one of its key figures.
Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA's wide-spread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's ...
The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned--And Have Still to Learn--From the Financial Crisis by Martin Wolf|
There have been many books that have sought to explain the causes and courses of the financial and economic crisis which began in 2007-8. "The Shifts and the Shocks" is not another detailed history of the crisis, but the most persuasive and complete account yet published of what the crisis should teach us about modern economies and economics.
The book identifies the origin of the crisis in the ...
World Order by Henry Kissinger|
Henry Kissinger has traveled the world, advised presidents, and been a close observer and participant in the central foreign policy events of our era. Now he offers his analysis of the twenty first century's ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.
There has ...