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Just like the bookshelves in our stores, we have lots of stories to share! With Valentine's Day coming up, this one is all about CHOCOLATE. Sign up for our event Everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate and win 2x2 free tickets for Chocoa Festival (AMS).
Did you know that the people working at the ABC are also the buyers for the wide range of sections you find in our stores? We've decided to show you the people behind the books. Meet our Natalia! Every free moment she reads, on the train, on her break or at home on the couch. She absolutely loves books and that shows! Natalia buys books for our ABC Favorites, Fiction and Romance.

"The Romantic Fiction was one of my first sections when I started to work at the ABC. I aim to have as many different Romance books as I can! Your classic 'boy meets girl', but also books that feature subjects such as LGBTQI+ and neurodiversity. It is definitely a section where you shouldn't let the bright and colorful covers fool you! My favorite book is Red, White & Royal Blue, because it features a biracial bisexual protagonist, which is still rare in popular mainstream (Romance) novels. It's a feel-good one!"

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Upcoming Events 

Everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate (ABC hosts cultcheers)
Thursday, Feb 13th 18:30
The ABC Store, Amsterdam
Everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate (ABC hosts cultcheers)

Sign up for this event and win 2 tickets for Chocoa Festival, Feb 22-23

We all love chocolate. But how much do we know about it? Marika works as a consultant in the cacao and chocolate industry and is a qualified chocolate taster. In one hour she will take you through the basics of chocolate. Learn where it comes from, how it got here and how we think of chocolate today. Experience real chocolate by using all of your senses.

ABC @ Chocoa Trade Fair & Festival
Thursday, Feb 20th to Feb 23rd
Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
ABC @ Chocoa Trade Fair & Festival

Can you imagine a world without chocolate? No? But will it always be available and what are the challenges the makers face today? And did you know, just like wine, the taste of your chocolate varies depending on where the cocoa comes from? The American Book Center will - once again - be present at Chocoa Trade Fair & Festival with a selection of books on the topic.

Book Chats @ the ABC Amsterdam
Friday, Feb 21st 18:00
The ABC Store, Amsterdam
Book Chats @ the ABC Amsterdam

This monthly book club is dedicated to the fine art of slowing down, taking stock, and doing what we do best: talking about our favorite books. Like-minded book-lovers from around the community gather to sip some tea (or coffee), nibble on some snacks, and chat about a selected novel which has been making waves and capturing imaginations around the world.

Feminist Book Club @ ABC The Hague
Sunday, Feb 23rd 18:30
The ABC Store, The Hague
Feminist Book Club @ ABC The Hague

This book club began as an Our Shared Shelf meet-up but has since grown into an independent, active group with lively discussions. The gathering is international in nature, and we speak English. Whether you come every time or just happen to be near this once, you are very welcome to join us! Drinks and nibbles are provided, but you can bring your own, too.

Show Me the Money: Understanding University Affordability
Wednesday, Feb 26th 18:00
The ABC Store, Amsterdam
Show Me the Money: Understanding University Affordability

The ABC hosts LAUNCH Education Advisors for this free event providing information on American college and university. Discover true costs, how to pay, and how to budget for your university journey.

Heroes Dutch Comic Con 2020
Saturday, Mar 28th to Mar 29th
Jaarbeurs, Utrecht
Heroes Dutch Comic Con 2020

Do you like comics, manga, cosplay, gaming & e-sports? Are you a fan of movies and series, or perhaps an avid board game fanatic? Heroes Dutch Comic Con has it all ...

General Info
Most ABC events are free and open to all, please sign up through the ticket link if requested. Always double check the event location before showing up at an event. Photos might be taken at our events and shared via the internet.

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