Our evenings combine a lecture or reading by the invited guest and a discussion on stage with our specially selected moderator. Add in questions from the audience and we can promise a fascinating and lively discussion! Our events are hosted at various locations in Amsterdam. Check each event announcement for location.
We are happy to announce Paul Beatty as a last minute addition to our program. Beatty was the first American writer to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout, “a caustic satire on US racial politics that puts him up there with Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift,” according to the Man Booker Prize jury. The Sellout (translated into Dutch as De Verrader by Uitgeverij Prometheus) tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb ... Read more
How do you spot the emerging trends in business, technology and culture so that you can distinguish the trend from the trendy? Futurist Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute, is coming to the John Adams to discuss her new book The Signals Are Talking - about how to predict which of all the seemingly random ideas appearing at the fringe will become mainstream. Technology affects our work but also our private life, as Webb shows in her hilarious ... Read more
Two time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Joby Warrick (Washington Post) comes to the John Adams to discuss his new book Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, translated into Dutch by Uitgeverij Q. In this book, Warrick tells the story of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the founding father of the organization that would become the Islamic State. Drawing on unique high-level access to the CIA, Warrick explains how ... Read more
Michael Chabon is returning to the John Adams with his new book Moonglow, translated into Maangloed by Dutch publisher Ambo Anthos. In this book, Chabon explores - with his typical eloquent prose, larger than life characters, and his dry, absurd wit - the boundaries of fact and fiction through a fictionalized memoir of his own family history. The narrator’s grandfather is on his deathbed, and begins to recount his life’s adventures, from his childhood in Philadelphia to ... Read more