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Lília

Lília was born in Brazil, worked there as a translator and moved to the Netherlands for love. It was her love for books that brought her to the ABC in July 2000. First buying Romance novels, then Children’s and YA books and many more. 

In the Netherlands she also found love for sewing, is a certified seamstress. She makes bookmarks and booksleeves that are sold at the ABC under Lília’s Atelier brand.

She still loves reading and Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy and books about Fashion and Sewing are always on her TBR list.

How we work

The book buyer: Lynn Kaplanian-Buller interviews Lília Visser Lilia is a seasoned ABC book buyer. Asked how she would define a good one, she says the most important characteristic for book buyers is listening to customers. Besides that, a book buyer must keep an eye on what sells, its [...]

2023-01-25T17:01:46+01:00Tags: , , |

Conversations with customers

Marie is a good example of a “growing up with ABC” customer: niece of our Sophie, she has known the ABC since she was born. Her ABC store may have changed from The Hague to Amsterdam, where she moved to study and work, but her loyalty remains the same. [...]

2023-01-07T13:40:18+01:00Tags: , , |

ABC Top 5: 2022 Edition

Here we go again with our 5(ish) favorite reads of 2022. We try very hard to keep to 5, but it’s not always possible. So, there may be 5 or 6, an A and a B list, memorable reads or just plain marvelous books. We hope you enjoy it and [...]

Conversations with customers

Lauren Lauren is not only a customer but also our blog editor. She’s an avid reader, so when she moved to the Netherlands back in 1996 to work as a journalist, she just had to find the ABC. ABC Lília: Hi Lauren, great talking to you! Lauren: Thanks, [...]

2022-12-09T13:23:46+01:00Tags: , , |

ABC Staff Picks

written by Lília Halloween may be over, but we’re still in a ghostly mood. If you’re looking for some horror recommendations to counter all that holiday good cheer, read on… Syarah, from Amsterdam, recommends Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz. Set in Edinburgh in 1817, it tells [...]

ABC Ghost Stories

Our Halloween reading list It’s that time of year again: jack-o'-lanterns, ghosts and black cats hiding under flaming autumn leaves. Why not get in the mood? From ghost stories to thrillers, we’ve got your ghoulish literary cravings covered. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier A newlywed arrives at her [...]

2022-11-01T22:45:49+01:00Tags: , , , , |

ABC Staff Picks

written by Lília Nothing beats curling up on the couch with a blanket, book and (hot) beverage in the autumn months. We’ve got some great new titles for you spanning the genres—starting with true story-based fiction, passing through pure romantic escapism and falling finally into the magical world of translation. (You’ll [...]

Conversations with customers

Peter and Lotte Longtime customer Peter introduced his wife, Lotte, to ABC. But that was only the beginning of their love story. Read on to see how they gave new meaning to the phrase “book lovers” (with a little help from Covid, timing and ABC staff). [...]

2022-10-12T12:26:25+02:00Tags: , |

Bring on the banned books!

written by Lauren Book banning in the US is on the rise. According to PEN America’s Index of School Book Bans, there were 2,532 book-banning incidents concerning 1,648 titles in the US from July 2021 to June 2022—almost half of them young adult books. The most banned books by far contain [...]

2022-09-29T10:22:13+02:00Tags: , , , , , , |
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