Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Dinner reading and Q&A with Herman Koch

The Dinner reading and Q&A with Herman Koch

Starbucks The Bank - Friday, May 17th at 19.00

ABC and Starbucks are very happy to announce that author Herman Koch will come to Starbucks The Bank to discuss his international bestseller The Dinner. Herman will read, sign and answer readers' questions about The Dinner to conclude the first Starbucks book club selection.

About the Starbucks book club:
In April, Starbucks and ABC introduced the ABC/Starbucks book club: an open English language bookclub. The first book selected for this new bookclub format is The Dinner by Dutch author Herman Koch.

About Herman Koch:
Herman Koch is a best-selling novelist. In previous years he was also an actor, comedian and satirist. Published in 1989, Herman Koch’s first novel, Red Ons, Maria Montenelli, was a mixture of confession and tirade in the style of J.D. Salinger, about a victim of a Montessori education living in the swagger of South Amsterdam. Shortly afterwards he began writing and acting in the iconic comedy sketch show, Jiskefet, a precursor of shows like Little Britain. It ran for fifteen years.

In later novels, he developed his unique form of ironic realism and tackled topical themes. His central characters are burdened by their empty existence, they feel unjustly treated and search for a way out, often vicariously, through other people’s stories. After six well-received novels, Koch’s seventh, a tragi-comedy entitled The Dinner broke new ground and paved the way to international acclaim. His most recent novel, Zomerhuis met Zwembad, has also been widely translated.

About the book:

"A European Gone Girl." --The Wall Street Journal

An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal.

The next Starbucks Bookclub selection
From May 18th onwards Pete Jordan's Dishwasher/In the City of Bikes will be on sale in Starbucks the Bank and the American book Center at the Spui. A date for the next book club meeting (in July) will soon be announced on the ABC website and on facebook and the blog of the Bank.



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