Lit Links: Our irregular round-up of stuff

This edition is guaranteed April Fool Free. 🙂

Section switch alert in Den Haag! The Poetry, Computer, Nature and Reference sections have shuffled around the store.  They’re all still there, just in a different spot.  See the notes pasted on each (original) section header for info on where it is now (if you like treasure hunts) or else ask any of the staff.

The Amsterdam store was tagged by the Ladies Fancywork Society (see the embellished elevator to the right!),

I love this series over on the Guardian‘s website:  Writers’ Rooms.  With commentary on all the junk the paraphernalia by the writers.  Also, you might want to head on over to – a place where you can quickly upload texts (i.e. books) and download them for free (as far as I can tell).  There’s already a controversy around it.  And then over to a great comic about Book, the new wireless platform for reading.  🙂  And I’m not done yet! Want to smell of musty old books?  Then try this perfume.  Finally, it’s been written about before here, but here’s another link to the most interesting bookstores in the world.  I may have to go on a pilgrimage to Porto…

PTRL has a hot tip if you’re looking for a fun book: Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever by Joel Derfner.  PTRL is the authority on these things, you know.

Tom has found a very useful webpage  for all of you that want to know the difference between Lonely Planets, Rough Guides en Eyewitness travel guides.

Sigrid found out that President Obama probably doesn’t need his White House paycheck. (Then again, which president ever really did?)

ABC has a posse! We’re on on Facebook. Including pictures of Alley the cat, gravelly voiced guardcat of the ABC Amsterdam Treehouse. (You’ll need to join facebook to become a member of the ABC Fan page and see the photos. But it’s worth the five seconds it takes. Just search for “American Book Center” to find us.

Hester has a few tips, too.  First of all, she says that Alzheimer’s is a hot topic in the Fiction section.  Off the top her head she named three new titles dealing with it:  Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen, and The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block.  Next, she highly recommends you curl up on your favorite chair to read and shiver along with one of her favorite winter reads, Company of Liars by Karen Maitland – “The year is 1348 and the first plague victim has reached English shores. Panic erupts around the country and a small band of travellers comes together to outrun the deadly disease, unaware that something far more deadly is – in fact – travelling with them…”

Hayley desperately wishes she could have been here. Do not click if you are of a delicate disposition where the treatment of books is concerned – this site contains graphic images of book carnage.

Hayley also learned How not to blurb a book. Seen on the back of the Advanced Reader’s Copy for The Sacred Blood by Michael Byrnes: “Fans of The Da Vinci Code knockoffs will welcome Byrne’s first novel…”

Marten found a big box of Footprint: Our Landscape in Flux by Franklin Stuart.  It’s a pretty book, he says, and he’s marked it down to EUR 35,99.  He also priced down the last few copies of Celebrity by Gary Boas to EUR 9,99 – the author visited us last September, so they might be signed (the copies in Den Haag aren’t, I know that much, but I can’t speak for the ones in Amsterdam :-)).

And last, but not least, Jitse found a picture (see right) of a statue in Lviv, Ukraine after a Google image search under the term “bookseller”.  The statue depicts Ivan Fyodorov, founder of book printing in Russia and Ukraine. He mainly printed books in Old Church Slavonic, like psalms and bibles.  Jitse likes this statue because of its style and posture. “It makes Ivan Fyodorov look like a mythical figure stepping forward from the mists of time who brings knowledge and love to the people.”