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bob-mustin's picture
Feb.21.2014
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt   Imagine a book written in the twenty-first century with pen and pencil in notebooks, work on the novel taking place over ten years. What would such a book be like? How long would it be? What impact would it have on readers? Judging by sales charts in the New...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.31.2013
I'm always scouring for clues about my ancestors and while doing so, come across some interesting tidbits. It's especially intriguing to read about the medieval merchant elite, and imagine them in Amsterdam, while boats sailed peacefully through the canals and men stood about the exchange talking...
jessica-anya-blau's picture
Apr.01.2013
Gina Frangello is the author of the novel My Sister’s Continent  and the story collection Slut Lullabies.  She is one of the most bold, fearless, unhindered writers I’ve ever read. After reading the manuscript of My Sister’s Continent, one editor was quoted as having said, “I couldn’t...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.19.2011
Back in the 1500s the Dutch had the VOC - Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (United East India Company). I believe this was the first stock "exchange". Investors would get together, and commission ships to voyage and bring back spices, cloth, herring, wheat, etc. The VOC was where you went to...
linda-c-wisniewski's picture
Oct.19.2011
When I was a girl, my family often drove down Widow Susan Road to get to the main highway along the Mohawk River, Route 5, the route that took us to the big stores in Schenectady and Albany. Invariably, one of us- my sister, my father or mother, and sometimes me - would ask: Who was Widow Susan?...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.03.2011
It’s Amstelredam; at least it used to be. Amstel is the correct name for the river that flows through the city, the “dam” part of the name refers to a dam (or dike) which Hollanders built in order to reside in this low lying seacoast area. Populated since ancient times, before the eleventh century...
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Aug.08.2011
The reason many Americans can't fill in their family trees is because their ancestors were Jewish. You'll notice Americans did funny things with their surnames, creating difficulties for descendants to trace them back to the old country. There was a lot of Anglicizing of names, both first and last...
andrew-d-wice's picture
Jan.26.2011
A café near the Leidseplein in downtown Amsterdam, where I conceived my first novel.                 In the summer of 1995, I was traveling with friends around Europe before my senior year of college.  The trip itself was a screwball comedy of missed trains, drunk late nights and grandeur...
jillian-lauren's picture
Aug.04.2010
Jorien, my publicist at Arena, picked me up at the Amsterdam airport this morning and took me to the Ambassad Hotel, which is apparently the hotel at which all of the publishers here put up their foreign writers. It has a library filled with signed books donated by its former guests. Cool, right? I...
libby-cone's picture
Feb.28.2010
    After uploading my new book, Flesh and Grass, to Kindle, I did one of my regular Google searches on the  protagonist's father, the Dutch colonial settler Pieter Plockhoy. I found a Dutch academic who had done his Ph.D. thesis on Plockhoy. We corresponded, and exchanged materials. I was shocked...