Press Release: March 13, 2012
Book Launch: Quiet Amsterdam by Siobhan Wall
ABC Amsterdam - Saturday, April 14th at 15:00
Amsterdam is a lively and popular capital city with hundreds of shops, nearly forty museums, a thousand restaurants and over four million visitors a year. Despite its picture postcard looks, however, it can be difficult to find quiet places to have a drink, enjoy a meal or enjoy looking at artworks.
After discovering many of the city’s hidden secrets, Amsterdam-based writer Siobhan Wall invites readers to seek out over one hundred idyllic and rarely-seen places. Quiet Amsterdam tells you where to find small shops and intriguing galleries, verdant parks and unusual libraries, beautiful spas, places of worship and bookshops. She includes cafes and restaurants as well as boutique hotels and B&Bs which don’t play music. This very portable guide encourages both visitors and locals to wander away from the crowds for peaceful walks in little-known woods and gardens.
A perfect book for anyone who wants to discover serene and restful spaces amid the hustle and bustle of this fascinating city.
We cordially invite you to the booklaunch of Quiet Amsterdam. Meet the author Siobhan Wall. Buy your signed copy of the book and enjoy some VL92 Gin. Accordionist Coos Lettink will play various traditional songs about life in the city, from famine to petty thieves and missing Rembrandt Square whilst walking on 5th Avenue.
Siobhan Wall is a writer and artist who has worked as a senior lecturer, teaching photography, cultural studies, video production and fine art for over ten years at universities in London and Oxford. The author of numerous articles on contemporary art published by international journals (Eyemazing, Framework, Ceramics Art and Perception, etc.). Siobhan has curated group exhibitions for British museums and galleries. Her paintings have also been included in group shows at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the ICA, London and she has two works in the permanent collection of women's art at New Hall, Cambridge. Her figurative drawings and paintings are also held in numerous private collections. In June 2011 her drawings were exhibited in ‘Precious’, a joint show with
Dame Paula Rego. Siobhan is the author of Quiet London (also published by Frances Lincoln).
Of Quiet London, reviewers said:
“As a DJ I fear silence… All the same, I was fascinated to discover 'Quiet London' this week, a great new book listing places to find peace and contemplation amid the urban sprawl.”- Lauren Laverne, Grazia
“Full of whispered pleasures, this off-the-beaten-track guide shows you where to sit and stare - Zen gardens, quiet cafes, secret pools, tiny museums, blissful bookshops. Many places listed are also blissfully background music - and mobile - free.” - Sainsbury's Magazine
Copies of Quiet Amsterdam will be available at The American Book Center in April
Thanks to our sponsor that makes gin that tastes very similar like genever. www.vl92.com
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by Siobhan Wall
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, UK Edition
ISBN 9780711233423, € 17.95
Quiet Amsterdam will tell you where to find peaceful cafés, hidden parks, enticing bookshops, delightful museums and other tranquil places. This limited edition artist's book contains stunnig black an white photographs of over 100 idyllic locations
For further information, or to talk to Siobhan Wall, please contact:
Rick Lightstone, PR Director, The American Book Center
ABC Amsterdam: Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam
The American Book Center (ABC for short) is an innovative and stubbornly independent English-language book company with stores in the heart of Amsterdam (1972) and The Hague (1976). Our team of more than 40 funky, geeky, and knowledgeable international booksellers make great customer service their first priority and most of them are also buyers for the unique selection of books, magazines and merchandise ABC has on offer. Our stores have about 60.000 titles in stock, and our website, www.abc.nl, offers an additional 7 million titles. ABC specializes in (niche) genres like graphic design, comics, business, psychology, music, history but also stocks the latest (fiction) bestsellers and hard-to-find titles.
With the introduction of the Espresso Book Machine in 2010, ABC was the first bookstore in continental Europe to offer on-demand book printing services.
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