Events & Workshops

At this writing (19 November 2013), the credits below are all excerpted from Donna DuCarme’s CV.  As BizArts grows into a network and takes on projects, this page will be adapted.

The following events events are those I hosted and/or produced at the ABC Treehouse from January 2006 to December 2011. Events marked with a ** are those which I had an active “hands on” role in producing and/or organizing, in addition to hosting. Prior to this I’d also organized projects ranging from fundraising events to the first (and only?) St. Patrick’s Day parade in San Jose California, and events as diverse as private parties and large scale 4th of July festivals in New York.

In January 2006, I became director of the Treehouse in Amsterdam the Netherlands, and hosted all activities that took place at that center, as well as many outside events (not listed here, but including college info faires, off-site book markets, and community events) to promote our activities. “Hosting” could be as simple as conducting an initial site visit with the client, and making sure the facility was set up per their needs, then leaving them to it… to acting as an on-site host or extra pair of hands during the event.

The listings below are taken directly from the monthly Treehouse e-letters; text was written by the presenting organization.

READERS THEATER – A CHRISTMAS CAROL, BY CHARLES DICKENS **
Dec 2004 – 2011
You’ve seen the movie, sung along to the musical…now you can watch the book! Theaterworks Amsterdam presents our popular “Readers Theater” version of the original novel. If you think you know this classic morality tale, think again! A first rate ghost story that will make you shiver in your boots, it’s also a heartwarming tale of redemption and love. Laughter, tears, and a lesson to us all – that’s a classic Theaterworks mix! Host: Donna DuCarme

ACTmarkt **
January 2005
This “activism faire” offered opportunities for becoming involved in community and political activism, and included info tables, workshops and speakers. Represented organizations were: Democrats Abroad; Republicans Abroad.nl; Green Party NL ; National Voting Rights Institute; Iraqi Platform; IFOR – International Fellowship Of Reconciliation /WPP – Women Peacemakers Program; American Women’s Club of Amsterdam; Love Exiles, working toward LGBT immigration rights; Greenpeace NL; FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting); Platform Biologica; NRDC –  Natural Resources Defence Council; Triodos Bank; ABC Bookstore. Co-organizer: Carrie Ballard.

TASTE AND TOASTMASTERS CLUB
started: Apr 2005
The TASTE and TOASTMASTERS club is part of Toastmasters International, a worldwide organization of over 10,000 clubs set up to help its members to improve their communication and leadership skills.

REMBRANCE DAY / DODENHERDENKIN  **
May 4th 2004 & 2005
The Moon is Down, by John Steinbeck. Edited and directed by Donna DuCarme. Readers Theater in honour of national remembrance day (Dodenherdenking).

MAMABABY YOGA COURSE
started: Apr 2006
In eight weeks we’ll focus on postures to tone and relax Mom, as well as exercises and massage techniques for Baby (benefiting coordination, digestion, circulation, ability to sleep well, etc). Working together with individual needs and abilities, we’ll create a relaxed bond and flow between ourselves and our babies. Host: Susan Nicolas

REMEMBERANCE DAY / DODENHERDENKING **
May 2006
Theaterworks Amsterdam continues its tradition of honouring Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) with a special reading. This year we’ll read selections from first-hand accounts of survivors of WWII, including “War Diaries” written by Harm van der Wal, and directed by Nina Cohen. Silence will be observed at 8PM, and the reading will commence immediately thereafter.

THE NASTY TERRIBLE T-KID 170 + SPECIAL GUEST COPE2
May 2006
On his European tour T-Kid & special guest COPE 2 will be coming to Amsterdam! On May 4th, T-Kid will present his book with a slide show followed by a signing session at the ABC Treehouse.

HAPPY HOUR – HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAXIMA! **
May 2006
ACCESS Amsterdam and The ABC Treehouse invites you to join them for Happy Hour on May 17th, 2006 – Princess Maxima’s birthday! Help us celebrate at the first in a series of monthly ‘borrels’ encouraging community networking, this month’s Happy Hour will be sponsored by a local restaurant. Bring your business cards, flyers and community spirit, and meet your international counterparts over a hapje’ and a cool drink. See you there!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT *

May 2006

http://www.ifor.org/

The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) believes that without peace, development is impossible, and without women, neither peace nor development can take place. IFOR’s Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) began in 1997 and works to support and strengthen women’s peacemaking initiatives.

RUTH OZEKI – READING FROM HER LATEST NOVEL

Jun 2006

The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts and ABC Treehouse will co-present a reading by author, Ruth Ozeki, from her latest novel, “All Over Creation”. Ozeki will talk about her work and answer questions after the reading.

WHY COMICS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD: BOOK PRESENTATION AND

DISCUSSION BY HANNAH SARVASY

Aug 2006

Harvard alumna and former US Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands, Hannah Sarvasy, reads from her graphic novella “Dear Brother,” the story of a Moroccan cleaning woman in Holland. The talk will include discussion of the power of comics to promote intercultural understanding.

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH!

Nov, multiple years

Each November, Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) draws thousands of writers world-wide. The challenge? To write a novel in one month.

THANKSGIVING DAY AT THE ABC TREEHOUSE **

Nov 2006 – 2011

A long-standing tradition for the AmericanBookCenter, this is one of our favorite events. Turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. Delicious fun for the whole family!

BOOK SIGNING: CHECKPOINT WATCH: TESTIMONIES FROM OCCUPIED PALESTINE BY YEHUDIT KESHET

Dec 2006

The women belong to an Israeli women’s network called “Machsom (Checkpoint) Watch”, a voluntary organization of about 400 Israeli field activists set up in 2001 to oppose the occupation of the West Bank . The aim of Machsom Watch is to make Israeli society aware of the daily humiliation, hopelessness and hardships that are a routine part of life in the OccupiedTerritories, simply by standing at the checkpoints and reporting ill-treatment, sometimes even tempering soldiers’ behavior if they become aggressive and

threatening.

FOOD! A TWO-HOUR EXPERIENCE ABOUT FOOD

Dec 2006

http://www.wegmetdeweegschaal.nl

FOOD! is for everyone who’s curious about himself and his eating habits. And for the ones that believe they already know everything. Be surprised at this inspiring evening about food… and you. The presentation will be in Dutch.

MADE FROM SCRAP BY TIEKA MASFAR – BOOK PERFORMANCE

Jan 2007

http://www.tieka.com

This talented girl published her own book! The world inspires her, the everyday life including inner struggle, which everyone may relate to. This isn’t just a book presentation. This is a book performance. Host: Rick Lightstone

BOOK SIGNING: THE POWER OF THE ACTOR BY IVANA CHUBBUCK

Apr 2007

http://www.ivanachubbuck.com

Hollywood’s leading acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck, will be signing her book “The Power of the Actor”

UNDUTCHABLE AUTHORS MEET LOCAL UNDUTCH

Apr 2007

A small soiree with Laurie Boucke and Colin White, visiting authors of The Undutchables. Discussion will follow a short presentation by the authors on the process of succesfull self publishing, updating the content while living abroad. Host: Lynn Kaplanian-Buller

HULP (AID) BY RALF BODELIER AND MIRJAM VOSSEN

May 2007

Why aid is necessary, growing and changing. A new book by Ralf Bodelier and Mirjam Vossen Although there is growing criticism of official aid for developing countries, initiatives by individuals are thriving. This book by Bodelier and Vossen explains why aid is hot.

“WELCOME TO HELL”

Jun 2007

http://www.eajg.nl

“Welcome to Hell”

A photo and video presentation by Mohammed Omer (22), recipient of the First National Ethnic Media Award for Best Young Voice. Mohammed lives in Rafah, Gaza, and has been a journalist since he was 16 years old. He is one of the few professional independent reporters of daily life in Gaza.

MARTHA COOPER – PHOTOGRAPHER OF SUBWAY ART & THE HIP HOP FILES

Jun 2007

Martha Cooper photographer of Subway Art, an absolute must-have graffiti book, will present her book Street Play.

JULIE PHILLIPS BOOK PRESENTATION

Jun 2007

http://www.julie-phillips.com

Julie Phillips presents her new book: “James Tiptree, JR.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon”. Join us for an exciting evening as Phillips reads from her book, talks about the writing process, and tells how she tracked down this mysterious and reclusive woman.

LIVE! : PETE JORDAN ON HIS BESTSELLING BOOK “DISHWASHER”

Jul 2007

http://www.dishwasherpete.com

Pete Jordan, author of Dishwasher, will read selections from his book, talk about eating restaurant leftovers, discuss and show the practical joke he and a friend played on David Letterman, and screen an unauthorized ‘Dishwasher Pete’ film. Host: Pete Jordan , Rick Lightstone

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS LAUNCH PARTY **

Jul 2007

Come and help us count down to the release of the very last Harry Potter book at our launch party on July 20th! Pre-purchase your copy of Harry Potter at The American Book Center and the Deathly Hallows and you’ll receive a special ticket giving you exclusive entrance to the party.

AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB OF AMSTERDAM

started: Sep 2007

http://www.awca.nl

The American Women’s Club of Amsterdam (AWCA) is a non-profit, volunteer, member organization whose mission is to provide an avenue of friendship for American women as well as non-American women with close ties to the United States, living in the Netherlands and to facilitate their efforts to integrate into the Dutch community.

IS THERE HOPE?

Sep 2007

http://www.eajg.nl

Een Ander Joods Geluid / A Different Jewish Voice presents a lecture by the writer and literary scientist Dr. Ran HaCohen. Host: Friduwih Riemersma

AUTHOR’S TALKAND LAUNCH OF DUTCH “ROOM TO READ” **

Oct 2007

http://www.r2r-start.nl

One of the fastest growing charity organizations in the World, Room to Read, launches its Dutch Chapter on October 28th at the ABC Treehouse. Room to Read is a successful international charity organization founded by John Wood (Author of “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World) to help children in developing countries read, and enhance their talents, by means of building schools, libraries, computer labs and providing scholarships for girls. Host: Kim Chandler

AUTHOR’S TALK & BOOK SIGNING: “DEATH’S DOOR, MODERN DYING AND THE WAYS WE GRIEVE” **

Nov 2007

Seneca wrote, “Anyone can stop a man’s life but no one his death; a thousand doors open on to it.” This inevitability has left varying marks on all human cultures. Exploring expressions of faith, burial customs, photographs, poems and memoirs, Sandra M. Gilbert brings to the topic of death the critical skill that won her fame for The Madwoman in the Attic and other books, as she examines both the changelessness of grief and the changing customs that mark contemporary mourning. Host: Najma Finlay (also for press info)

AUTHOR’S TALK & BOOK SIGNING: REBECCA WALKER, “BABY LOVE: CHOOSING MOTHERHOOD AFTER A LIFETIME OF AMBIVALENCE” **

Nov 2007

http://www.rebeccawalker.com

With honesty, passion, intelligence, wisdom, and insight, Rebecca Walker tracks her journey from experiencing a deep but conflicted biological urge for a child to her exquisitely unambivalent, joyous commitment to motherhood. Along the way, she reexamines her own family relationships, and shares her fears, worries, and eventual understanding about what is ultimately important in life and love. Beautifully written, Babylove will resonate with any woman who has fallen in love with her baby or is wrestling with choosing motherhood.” — Miriam Arond, Editor-in-Chief of Child Magazine

TESTIMONIES ABOUT AN UNDEREXPOSED SIDE OF ISRAEL: UNRECOGNIZED ARAB VILLAGES

Nov 2007

http://www.sivmo.nl / http://www.eajg.nl

Guest Mustafa Abu Hillal lives in Dar al Hanoun, a village in the middle of Israel. He is one of 80.000 Arab Israeli citizens residing in a place that does not appear on the map, and he is denied basic services such as running water, electricity, access roads, proper education and health services. A demolition order has been issued against his own house. Guest Malkit Shoshan, an Israeli architect, will describe how urban planning is being misused as a political tool.

MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY: A DEMONSTRATION BY FOUNDER HERVé THIS

Dec 2007

http://www.inra.fr/

Hervé This is an international celebrity and the founder of molecular gastronomy, or the scientific investigation of culinary practice, he is known for his groundbreaking research into the chemistry behind everyday cooking. At the ABC Treehouse he will talk about the Kitchen Mysteries, his first book that is now published in English following the succes of “Molecular Gastronomy” (2002). He will also give a demonstration of his kitchen science.

VOTER ASSISTANCE EVENING FOR U.S. CITIZENS LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS

Jan – Nov 2008 **

http://www.treehouse.abc.nl / http://www.treehut.abc.nl

U.S. citizens will receive non-partisan voter registration assistance from 7-9PM, with a special presentation by the “Votemaster” at 7:30PM. The Voter Assistance Program is offered as part of The American Book Center’s ongoing commitment to community service through our not-for-profit cultural enters: The ABC Treehouse and ABC Treehut. Host: Donna DuCarme

ROPEMARKS DEMO TO CELEBRATE FASHION WEEK **

Jan 2008

On 23 January 2008, 8PM The ABC Treehouse celebrates Fashion Week’s edgier themes (Street and Fetish fashion being two of the themes) with a special presentation by RopeMarks, famous for their expertise with Japanese Rope Bondage, and for emphasizing the beauty and eroticism of this classic art form.

LIVE! – BOOK LAUNCH ANDREADING, NINA SIEGAL, A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH THE FACTS

Feb 2008

Please join us for the book launch for Nina Siegal’s debut novel, A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH THE FACTS, a hardboiled satire of New York’s late-1990’s boom. Siegal will be reading from the novel at 20.00, and answering questions in a Q&A.

OBAMA OR MCCAIN: THE VOTER DECIDES **

Sep 2008

http://www.treehouse.abc.nl / http://www.democratsabroad.nl / http://www.republicansabroad.nl

The AmericanBookCenter presents two Conversations (September 25th & October 9th, 8PM) with the Netherlands Chairs of Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad. Opening remarks will be given by Marjorie A. Ames, U.S. Consul General. A community Service Event for all U.S. Voters. NOTE: Reservations are FULL for September 25th; seats still available for October 9th! Moderator: Donna DuCarme

BOOK LAUNCH – JON JORDAN, “IN THE NAME OF SARAH POGFORD”

Oct 2008

Who’s Afraid of the Creative Process? – Making Your Writing Public

You are invited to join us in the ABC Treehouse for a literary event, to launch the book of first-time published author Jon Jordan, and learn from the experience of writers bringing their writing to the public arena. Host: Cassandra Steer

BOOK LAUNCH: THE URBAN COOKBOOK – CREATIVE RECIPES FOR THE GRAFFITI GENERATION

Oct 2008

The Urban Cookbook is an indepth investigation into five great cities where the street sets the creative agenda: New York, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and London. Host: Rick Lightstone

THE US ELECTIONS AND THE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS: A PROSPECT FOR CHANGE? **

Nov 2008

http://www.tni.org

The world is anxiously waiting to see who will be the next US president and what will be the new administration’s foreign policy. Will the occupation of Iraq continue? Will there be a turn away from the current policy towards Iran or will the aggressive threats escalate? Just a day after the election results emerge, Phyllis Bennis, a veteran analyst of US foreign policy, will examine the history of the current U.S. wars and crises, and assess the prospects for change that may – or may not – open with the arrival of the new administration. Host: Andrea Sturkenboom

U.S. INAUGURATION EVENT **

Jan 2009

On 20 January 2009, Barack Obama will take the oath of office to serve as the 44th President of the United States. This is an exciting event for Americans and many others, and you’re invited you to celebrate it with the AmericanBookCenter in Amsterdam. We’ll be raising a toast and watching the live Swearing In Ceremony at the ABC Treehouse. Souvenir Give-Aways…Live Music…Bubbly…Change has come to America! Host: Donna DuCarme

MEETING OF THE EDUVERSE FOUNDATION

started: Jan 2009

http://www.eduverse.org

The Eduverse Foundation (www.eduverse.org) is an organization setup by Robert Shepherd to promote education in virtual environments. We are interested in all things 3D, virtual and the practical ways they can be employed to further the goals of education, culture, gaming, science, etc. It includes members from IBM, Kennisnet, OLPC, TomTom, Sogeti, Second Life and Actve Worlds. The Eduverse is based in Amsterdam. Host: Robert Shepherd

HELLO KITTY: THE GLOBAL BRAND WITH NINE LIVES (4PM) **

Mar 2009

Hello Kitty; The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon, will talk about Japan’s most famous cartoon cat. How she and other Sanrio characters have become a global cultural phenomenon, and the inner workings of the company that created her, Sanrio.

400 YEARS OF SHARED DUTCH AMERICAN HISTORY, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? **

Apr 2009

The AmericanBookCenter and the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam launch a new lecture series entitled: 400 Years of Shared Dutch American History, Where Do We Go From Here? These discussion evenings will each feature a different topic emerging from Dutch and American shared values, led by a diplomat from the U.S. Consulate General.

ABC HOSTS THE CRAFT COMMUNITY **

May 2009 – Dec 2011

The ABC Treehouse is the place to be if you knit, crochet, sew – or want to learn! Together with IDLE HANDS creator, Stephen Akehurst (“I’d rather be knitting…”) we host the new community of people who love being able to say “I made that by hand!” Every Wednesday evening, no RSVP necessary.

WAR AND WAR’S AFTERMATH, ETHICAL DILEMMAS OF THE AMERICAN WITNESS

Jun 2009

http://www.netherlands-america.nl

The NASA will organize the two-day international conference “War and War’s Aftermath, Ethical Dilemmas of the American Witness” from June 11-12, 2009. The conference, which will be hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will feature presentations focusing on American fiction, poetry, theater, and photojournalism. On the eve of the conference, NASA will present a poetry reading by W.D. Ehrhart, Barry Goldensohn, Daniel Morris, and JaneShore, hosted by the ABC Treehouse. Host: Diederik Oostdijk , Lorrie Goldensohn

HOLLAND FESTIVAL – THE SOUND & THE FURY (APRIL SEVENTH, 1928)

Jun 2009

http://www.hollandfestival.nl/page.ocl?pageid=2 /

http://www.elevator.org/shows/show.php?show=sound_and_fury

William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury (April 7th, 1928), a theatrical interpretation by the New York company Elevator Repair Service, comes to the Holland Festival on June 12/13. On the afternoon of June 13th, The ABC Treehouse will hosts a dialogue with director John Collins and Faulkner specialist Gene Moore,

THE ABC URBAN CULTURE EVENT **

Jun 2009

http://www.abc.nl

Breaking out of the passivity of chain-store shopping, the do-it-yourself movement has spread across America, invaded England, and is landing with both feet at the AmericanBookCenter in Amsterdam.

Join us on the square in front of the AmericanBookCenter on June 27th when some of the artists and urbanites driving the movement will share their secrets and offer hands-on workshops.

AN EVENING WITH NANCY BUSH AND BETH BROWN-REINSEL

Aug 2009

For knitters, crafters, and all who love the ‘yarn arts” – Come and get inspired by some true yarnie talent! Host: Stephen Akehurst

AMERICANS OVERSEAS DOMESTICVIOLENCECRISIS CENTER (AODVC) INFORMATIONAL SESSION AND TRAINING PROGRAM

Oct 2009

http://www.866uswomen.org/European-Informational-Session.aspx.

(AODVC), an American-based nonprofit that provides services to Americans experiencing domestic violence while residing in foreign countries, in collaboration with the Ending Violence Against Women Task Force of the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), would like to invite you to join us for an informational session on the issues that face Americans overseas experiencing domestic violence. Host: Brooke Galloway , Karen Lewis

400 YEARS OF SHARED DUTCH AMERICAN HISTORY, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? **

Oct 2009

Each of these discussion evenings feature a different topic emerging from Dutch and American shared values, led by a diplomat from the U.S. Consulate General. Our guest on October 21st will be U.S. Consul General Julie A. Ruterbories.

“LIFE OVER CANCER – A PERSONAL STORY”

Oct 2009

The American Book Center/ABC Treehouse hosts a talk by Terry Dornbush, former U.S. Ambassador to The Netherlands, entitled “Life Over Cancer, a Personal Story” on October 28th, 7pm. His talk highlights the book Life Over Cancer by Keith Block. “If I had just known about the BlockCenter or had his book available many years ago, my life might have been very different.” (Terry Dornbush).

TWILIGHT – THE BIRTHDAY PARTY **

Nov 2009

* Film, Fun, Birthday cake and Prizes *

An all-ages event celebrating the continuation of the Twilight Saga and the release of “New Moon the movie. Note: no on-site biting – please top up your blood supply before arrival!

400 YEARS OF SHARED DUTCH AMERICAN HISTORY, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? **

Nov 2009

This evening, Consul Andrew Webster-Main’s topic will concern the 8th President of the United States, Martin van Buren. President van Buren was of Dutch ancestry and a native New Yorker. Host: Donna DuCarme

TEDXAMSTERDAM – LIVE STREAM EVENT

Nov, multiple years

http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design – three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. Host: Donna DuCarme

NINA CHAKRABARTI

Dec 2009

London illustrator Nina Chakrabarti will give a public interview on Friday 11 December in Amsterdam at the AmericanBookCenter’s ABC Treehouse. With this interview Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion, seeks to draw the attention of professionals and the public to the special qualities, passion and inventiveness displayed by non-experts.

WORDPLAY AT THE TREEHOUSE **

Jan 2010

maslow.freespeechart.com

WordPlay is a monthly open forum for poetry, fiction, humor or anything else that is based on spoken word performance. Anyone from veteran slammers to first-time readers is welcome to perform. Come out and meet our new host, Maslow!

NANCY MARCHANT: BOOK LAUNCH AND KNITTING EVENT **

Feb 2010

http://www.briochestitch.com

Knitter extraordinaire Nancy Marchant launches her book Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch.

USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Feb 2010

International Association of Business Communicator

http://www.iabc.com/

Join our Social Media & Networking Event! Using Social Media for Your Business
Everyone is talking about it. But how can businesses use social media to be heard, and create engagement with their customers, even their employees?

WORDPLAY – “BOEKENNACHT” SPECIAL **

Apr 2010

http://www.treehouse.abc.nl / http://www.ducarme-works.com/theaterworks

“Everything I like is either illegal, immoral or fattening.” — Alexander Woolcott.

In April, we’ll celebrate “Boekennacht/Book Night” with a special Risque edition of WordPlay! With book stores open late (including the AmericanBookCenter: http://www.abc.nl), and the Spui full of live bookish entertainment, it’s just too tempting to resist!

ABC URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL **

Jun 2010

http://www.abc.nl/blog/?p=14118

The AmericanBookCenter and the ABC Treehouse present the ABC Urban Arts Festival. The large square in front of The American Book Center Amsterdam will be transformed into an outdoor “atelier”, with artists showing and creating work on-site for the public to enjoy. Some of the hottest local and international artists, representing a cross section of graphic designers, illustrators, graffiti artists, fiber artists, paper-toy designers – all with an urban edge – are scheduled to participate! Host: Donna DuCarme , Rick Lightstone

ABC URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL – FIBER ARTS CLINIC **

Jun 2010

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=95727406952

Pick up your sticks and make something! Whether you knit, crochet, sew, or dabble in another ‘handcraft”, this special gathering of the ABC Treehouse Craft Community is a great time to relax, create something, and make new friends. No matter your skill level or choice of “fibre art”: we’ll help you get started – and if you have a problem pattern or a snarled scarf, we probably have a fiber-fan who can help you sort it out. Meet you on the square! Host: Nat Miller

ABC URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL – ILLUSTRATED BOOK PANEL **

Jun 2010

http://www.abc.nl/blog/?p=14118

The process of getting a book from an author’s mind to the reader’s hands is a multi-step process, and sometimes those steps can feel like a never-ending dizzying spiral staircase. What many readers don’t realize is just how many people are involved with the creation of a book – from editors and agents to proofreaders, designers, marketing departments and salespeople – and if the book in question is illustrated the stages of production can become even more complex. Host: Rick Lightstone

DEMOCRATS ABROAD NETHERLANDS PRESENT STEVEN HILL

Sep 2010

http://www.democratsabroad.nl

Author Steven Hill is a political writer and program director at the New America Foundation. His new book is Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age. He will be in Amsterdam to speak with members of Democrats Abroad about the upcoming election. Host: Claire Taylor, Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad NL

HELP US WRITE A BOOK: THE ANYBOOK AWARD COMPETITION 2010 **

started: Oct 2010

http://www.anybookaward.com/

Can you imagine a machine that prints, binds and trims the book of your choice within 5 minutes? It actually exists! It’s called the Espresso Book Machine! And The American Book Center has bought the first machine in the Netherlands and continental Europe!

ELLEN LUPTON

Nov 2010

http://www.abc.nl/blog/?p=19648 / http://www.elupton.com/

Join us for a special Workshop Presentation with Ellen Lupton, curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, NationalDesignMuseum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist. Her book Thinking with Type (2004) is used by students, designers, and educators worldwide. Host: Rick Lightstone

ENTRE JEUNES HOSTS A MEETING FOR FEMALE BUSINESSOWNERS

Jan 2011

http://www.entrejeunes.nl

Are you a woman running a business or thinking about starting one? Entre Jeunes is a network association for starting businesswomen. Business of any sort, whether you’re an architect, a self-employed dentist, or have your own shop or real estate agency.

BOOK LAUNCH – “A CULTURAL MANIFESTO FOR THE SUSTAINIST ERA”

Jan 2011

http://www.abc.nl

With Sustainism is the New Modernism, Michiel Schwarz & Joost Elffers bring a new word into the world: “Sustainism”. It captures the zeitgeist of our culture and names the next age. The visually-compelling “sustainist manifesto” gives voice to a worldwide movement that is already defining our future. Sustainism will become the mainstream culture of the 21st century. This book of graphic aphorisms, quotes and symbols is an inspiring quide for the emerging “Age of Sustainism.” a public press presentation Host: Rick Lightstone

CARTOONISTS ABBY DENSON AND TIM FISH READ FROM DOLLTOPIA & CAVALCADE OF BOYS

Feb 2011

Ground-breaking American graphic novelists Abby Denson and Tim Fish will hold a signing at an event including readings and a Q and A. In addition to speaking about their original LGBT- friendly works including Tough Love: High School Confidential, Love is the Reason, Dolltopia and Calvacade of Boys, they will discuss their work in mainstream American comics for such titles as Amazing Spider-Man Family, Simpsons Comics, and X-Men: Nation X! Host: Rick Lightstone

THREE AUTHORS READ FROM THEIR MEMOIRS OF LIFE OVERSEAS

Feb 2011

To celebrate the recent publication of Carolyn Vines’ black and (a)broad and Niamh Ni Bhroin’s The Singing Warrior, writer Jo Parfitt will join the new authors and read from her own memoir, A Moving Landscape. After the readings there will be time for questions and a borrel. Host: Jo Parfitt

STORY SLAM WITH LISA LIPKIN AND JUDITH BLACK **

Mar 2011

Have a personal story to tell? Why not compete in this dynamic story slam, a storytelling competition where you can try out one of your favorite stories on the general public? Or just come and enjoy the work of the storytellers!

STORYTELLER LISA LIPKIN TO HOST THE STORY SLAM **

Jun 2011

http://www.storystrategies.net

On Friday 10 June, at 20.00, participants are invited to compete in telling the best five-minute story on the theme of the evening: “Personal Stories.” Winners will receive great prizes, including private story coaching sessions with Ms. Lipkin, storytelling books and CDs, and a host of other great gifts. Host: Lisa Lipkin , Donna DuCarme

BOOK PRESENTATION AND LECTURE: PALESTINIAN WOMEN, NARRATIVE HISTORIES AND GENDERED MEMORY

Jun 2011

Stichting Vrienden van Nazareth

http://www.friends-nazareth.nl

Palestinian Women, Narrative histories and Gendered Memory, is the first book in which ordinary Palestinian women speak about their experience of the events in Israel in 1948.

AMS*DIY – THE URBAN ARTAND CRAFTS FESTIVAL **

Jul 2011 to Jul 2011

DIY stands for Do It Yourself: for opting out of mass-production (unless you produced the first one with your own hands!), creating your own style, styling your own life. On July 2nd & 3rd, 2011, a handpicked selection of crafters, artists and authors will be creating, demonstrating, and helping you DIY your life: there’ll be art for sale, workshops where you can make your own art, and fun for young people too. Host: Donna DuCarme

AMS*DIY – MEET THE AUTHOR: HENRIETTA THOMPSON, “THE NEW REMAKERS”

Jul 2011 **

http://www.thamesandhudson.com/9780500514849.html

Designers have been rummaging in skips for materials and inspiration for as long as there have been skips to rummage in. Today, driven by the dual need to save money as well as the planet, they are rummaging more than ever before, and on a worldwide scale to produce some truly inspiring work. This talk will give an introduction to how the professionals approach upcycling, including a history of the best, most relevant and most exciting and enduring upcycling ideas we’ve seen to date, what’s going on now, where and how, as well as an introduction to four major new trends for the future.

LAUNCH EVENT – FRIENDS OF VIN

Oct 2011

http://www.friendsofvin.nl

After spending 3 months in Nepal trekking and working as a volunteer, Ann Wilson was inspired to continue supporting the people she had met. Together with Juna Shrestha, she set up Friends of VIN – a non-profit organization that seeks to empower marginalized and underprivileged communities in rural Nepal through enhanced educational programs and community training to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights. Host: Ann Wilson , Juna Shrestha

RENE DAALDER: THE TERRESTRIALS – DOWNLOADING TIMOTHY LEARY **

Oct 2011

On Sunday 16 October, the Dutch premier of the THE TERRESTRIALS – DOWNLOADING

TIMOTHY LEARY will take place, with director Rene Daalder in attendance. The film is distributed on DVD by ABC Cinemien/ Homescreen.

US STUDY PRESENTS A FREE SEMINAR FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN STUDYING IN THE USA

Oct 2011

http://www.ustudy.nl

Free seminar provided by the USA Community College Consortium to interested international students, their family and high school counselors. The consortium represents a group of high quality colleges in California, Washington, Illinois, Delaware and Florida. Chief of Visa Services of the US Consulate General Amsterdam will be available to answer any visa related questions.

VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES AND WEREWOLVES, OH MY!! **

Oct 2011

http://www.urbanaphrodite.nl

Join Urban Aphrodite and the ABC Treehouse for a Spook-a-licous Creative Dramatics & Make Up Workshop event that will Rock Your World! For ages 9- 14

THE NETHERLANDSAND THE BIG WORLD OUT THERE – PUBLISHING IN THE GLOBAL MARKET

Nov 2011

http://www.nlscbwi.wordpress.com/

Join us for this weekend conference on breaking through boundaries in children’s literature, whether they be creative or geographic.

MULTI-CULTI MIXER: “PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS”, AN ELECTION YEAR KICK-OFF EVENT **

Nov 2011

On November 6th, 2012, Americans will go to the polls to elect a new president…or re-elect Barack Obama. In the year leading up to that day, politicians, pundits and the media – in America, the Netherlands, and around the world – will talk, analyze and prophesy to the point of sending the rest of us into a state of catatonia. But what would you like them to talk about? Host: Donna DuCarme

THE HISTORY OF AMSTERDAM **

Nov 2011

Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam

A talk and discourse on the city’s history in English for Dutch- and non-Dutch-speaking Amsterdammers! Given by Hans Tulleners, journalist, writer and publicist, long famous for his writings and lectures on Amsterdam, and for leading historical walks and cycle tours through the city.

GREAT EXPATATIONS

Dec 2011

Expats contribute enormously to Amsterdam in many ways; to the economy, the atmosphere and the attractiveness to other international visitors. There are now almost 100.000 expats living and working in Amsterdam and this number is still increasing. John us for the showing of a short film about expats in Amsterdam called “Great Expatations”, followed by reactions from the maker of this film, Kees Colenbrander, and the director of the Expat Center Amsterdam, David van Traa, and a discussion with D66 City Councilor Sebastiaan Capel. Host: Eugenio Hoogland

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