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  • 27 Sep 2016 4:41 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    Book Launch at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th with readings from 7 p.m. at Waterstone’s Booksellers, 75, Boulevard Adolphe Max 71, 1000 Brussels

    Circle of Words, by various authors
    Brussels Writers’ Circle Anthology I
    Harvard Square Editions
    Release Date: September 15, 2016

    ISBN: 978-1-941861-20-2

    Trade paperback and eBook formats 270 pages, $22.95
    Available through Ingram, Baker, & Taylor Brodart, Amazon, & bookstores everywhere


    Circle of Words
    Illuminates  Brussels

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, July 18, 2016—European Capital Brussels has grabbed the attention of international press for many of the wrong reasons in 2016. Aside from the sparks of Jihad, it is home to a vibrant international community of writers who question life: destiny and choice; diversity and integration.

    The Brussels Writers Circle (BWC), which is proud to host members hailing from Belgium to New Zealand, Greece to the USA, Russia to Vietnam, celebrates the launch of its first anthology, Circle of Words. More international than London, Brussels is the unique spot for such an international, English-language publication.

    Here, twenty six authors from 16 countries share their reflections, on a boy’s dealing with the death of a chameleon; on becoming invisible; on a young Samurai-in-training facing a choice that will affect his fate—to kill or not to kill a song bird. There are stories and poems of love, longing and belonging, from the intimate, to evanescent, with travellers finding a home in Flanders or among Canadian Indians. Others focus on the art, the craft, the struggle of writing itself.

    The book launch will be held at Waterstone’s at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th with readings from 7 p.m.: 75, Boulevard Adolphe Max 71, 1000 Brussels.

    About the authors: Contributors to Circle of Words are among the 200 members of the BWC, founded in 1997, with both English mother-tongue and non-mother-tongue speakers who together help writers—established and new—fine tune their craft and publish. They meet in the centre of Brussels giving readings and feedback on fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry.  These writers from the four corners of the Earth retreat twice a year to the Flemish countryside, in an old monastery that turns into a modern melting pot. There, they spin their yarns and weave the next circle of words.

    Harvard Square Editions is a Hollywood-based publishing house dedicated to bringing out art that crosses political, social, and cultural boundaries, including winners of the Nautilus, IPPY other book awards. It will release Circle of Words on 15 September 2016. Waterstones will  host the book launch in Brussels.


    • Book launch at Watersone’s Brussels
    • National Radio & Print Campaign 
    • Major Book Club Outreach
    • 5-city author tour 
    • Library Outreach
    • Online Publicity Campaign Targeting Major National Sites, Entertainment Sites, and Book Blogs
    • Coordinated Blog Tour
    • Social Networking Campaign on Goodreads & Facebook
    • Twitter: @Harvardsquareed
    • Facebook:
    • Web site:
    • Emails:
    Simone Weingarten
    Harvard Square Editions
    2152 Beachwood Terrace
    Hollywood, California 90068
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  • 27 Sep 2016 4:22 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)
    Afbeeldingsresultaat voor flagey logo
    Thu., November 10 - 12:30 - Studio 1

    Reed Tetzloff, piano

    Flagey offers a platform to young pianists, and gives them a chance to explore new repertoire. This time, it is up to Reed Tetzloff, one of the young promising American prize winners of today. Worth discovering!

    César Franck, Prélude, Choral et Fugue
    Franz Liszt, Ballad No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
    Charles Griffes, Sonata, A. 85
    Nikolai Kapustin, Variations, op. 41

    Price: €10.00
    Sandwich & drink included

    Book ticket

  • 27 Sep 2016 4:10 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)


    American Women's Club of Brussels

    What's Going at the Club? Write these dates down!


    Dear All,

    Take out your calendars and please write down these exciting events! Coffee mornings, activities, special events, meetings, TGB... Look out for the dates of the Halloween party, Thanksgiving Family Lunch and Christmas Market...

    The club is buzzing, come and and join us!

    On going activities: 

    • The TGB is back and in full operation mode! Drop by any time, Monday through Thursday, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    • Every Tuesday at 10AM : Come and enjoy walks in the forest with Marty. Bring your dog if friendly! Details via 
    • Every Friday at 11AM : Power Yoga in the Gym. No need to book in advance, so come see for yourself (12 euros per session). 

    Reminder : 
    Sept 28th, 10 am to 1 pm, Coffee Morning with Sam's Homemade cakes and Mapie Doux Jewelry.

    October - Coffee Mornings
    10 am to 1pm



    • Oct 5th:   Have coffee with Najmia's Jewelry and get a presentation of our
                      current art exhibit by the artist.
    • Oct 10th: Discover crafters from our Christmas Market
    • Oct 19th: Have coffee with Mireille Ahn and discover her clothing and
    • Oct 24th: Discover crafters from our Christmas Market

    October - Meetings

    Oct 4th, 11:30AM : All members and Department Chair
                                   meeting. In the Board Room
    Oct 7th, 10:00 am: Moving Forward Meeting Session 6. In the
                                   Meeting Room

    October - Special Events

    Oct 14th:  Champagne and Chocolate tasting. Registration on
                    the website

      Oct 23rd: 
     11 am to 4 pm, Halloween party. Details




      November - Coffee Mornings - 10 am to 1pm
      Details to come but write the dates down!
      Nov 7th
      Nov 16th
      Nov 21st

    November - Meetings

    Nov 8th, 11:30AM : All members and Department Chair meeting. In the Board Room


                November - Special Events 

      Nov 20th, Thanksgiving Family Lunch

      Christmas Market
      Nov 25th - Premiere Night, 7pm
      Nov 26th - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
      Nov 27th - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm


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  • 21 Sep 2016 7:58 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Join renowned champagne expert Charles-Eric Vilain XIV  for a wonderful night of Champagne & Chocolate. 

    He will highlight the Champagne Region, the differences of various champagnes, and he will focus on how to better enjoy and choose your champagne. 

    Participants will learn about the various grapes and how those impact your taste and the colour. You will be able to read and understand the labels and better understand the differences between high and poor quality champagnes. 

    Finally, you will taste and put your knowledge into practice by recognizing different tastes and aromas of champagne and chocolate.

    Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

    Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    Location: American Women's Club of Brussels, Rhode St Genèse, 1640, Belgium

    Member Price-42 euros

    Non-Member Price-45 euros

    To register, ask questions or reserve transportation to/from the clubhouse, please contact:
    Aglaia Pomonareva at 0473-40-55-76 or Emmanuelle Thiney at 0477-90-07-41

    Registration for this event is due no later than October 6th.

  • 20 Sep 2016 4:00 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    meet the author: hanya yanagihara

    06 October 2016 – 20:15

    Conversation with the American writer Hanya Yanagihara (b. 1975, Los Angeles), the author of A Little Life and The People in the Trees. Interview: Ruth Joos.

    With her second novel, A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara conquered the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers and made the shortlist of both the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize. Reviewers called the book ‘The great gay novel’ and showered it with positive reviews.

    In A Little Life, four friends from college are each making their way in New York: the charming actor Willem, the eccentric artist JB, the talented architect Malcolm, and the lawyer Jude St Francis. The latter plays a central role in the group of friends and in the story. Taken into a monastery as a foundling, he then ended up in youth welfare before making it where he is now after countless peregrinations and a serious accident. Successful in his career, but suffering from a limp and prone to all-consuming attacks of pain. Yanagihara reveals Jude’s secrets across the years, across the decades, as friendships shift, become muddied, grow deeper.

    Hanya Yanagihara grew up in Hawaii and Texas. After her studies Yanagihara worked for a long time as a travel journalist. Since 2015 she has been a deputy editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

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    Photo © Sam Levy

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  • 19 Sep 2016 2:48 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)
    Join us for the Serve the City Welcome Back Brunch!!! After the summer break we can’t wait to see you again! We would love to invite you to our Welcome Back Brunch. We’re looking forward to spending time together again, hearing from each other and sharing stories. When: 24 September, 11:00 - 13:00 Where: 4041 event space at Galerie Ravenstein (next to Brussels Central Station) Cantersteen 7/ Rue Ravenstein 40, 1000 Bruxelles. The brunch is going to be pot-luck style– please bring any kind of food or dish you would like to share with others. Serve the City will take care of all drinks. If you’re planning on coming to the Welcome Back Brunch please let us know by replying to this email by Wednesday 21st. Thank you very much! We hope to see you on September 24th.
  • 19 Sep 2016 2:10 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Police have notified RSO of the following approved protest in Brussels, which will significantly disrupt traffic for the evening commute.  Police will be present to maintain order, but as always RSO advises to plan accordingly, use alternate routes, and avoid all protest locations. 

    Tuesday September 20, 2016 from 16h30 to 17h00

    • Who: Anti-TPP Protest, approximately 2,000-10,000 are expected

    • What: Protest for human rights in their home country and against TTIP

    • Where: The participants will assemble on the corner of Arts-Loi and Rue de la Loi and march towards Schuman Square, where the protest will end in front of the EU buildings.  

    RSO will continue to monitor the situation and will provide via an announcement, any new information it receives regarding this planned demonstration. 

    Nicholas Brashich
    Deputy Regional Security Officer
    U.S. Embassy Brussels

  • 19 Sep 2016 12:19 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)


    The Bulletin and ING Belgium invite you to a seminar on « PROPERTY TODAY »


    Kristien Viane:
    CEO, Noa Real Estate

    « An overview of the latest trends »

    Alexis Lemmerling:
    Notary, Berquin

    « The notary is your best friend »

    Dave Deruytter:
    Head of Expatriates & Non-residents, ING Belgium

    « Private Real Estate, how to finance and insure, how about taxation »

    Thursday october 6, 2016 | ING HEAD OFFICE - Marnix

    Rue de trone 1 - 1000 Brussels | (nearest subway station: Trône)


    Registrations at 17:30


    Presentations at 18:00 sharp


    End by 21:00

    Attendance is FREE. Register before September 30.



    Best regards,

    The Bulletin Team 


    > Click hereto read this newsletter online.

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  • 18 Sep 2016 8:57 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)
    Democrats Abroad
    We are getting in to the home stretch of this election.  Last night my California ballot arrived in my email, reminding me of how critical every vote will be.  So please make sure you and your American friends, family and colleagues request your absentee ballot asap via  I also hope to see you at one of our upcoming events: on September 27th, we'll view the replay of the First Presidential Debate at the eastern Brussels home of one of our generous members.  Attendance is limited to the first 25 who RSVP, which you can do via this link: Sep 27th Debate Watch - we'll also be selling our Stronger Together t-shirts and latest crop of buttons (to US citizens only!).

    On October 3rd, we will have a special fundraiser for the Hillary Clinton Campaign.  You will have all seen the amount of money being pumped into the swing states and just how close the polls are showing the race.  And while we recognize that not everyone has the means to contribute at these levels, we hope that those who do can will join us.  Starting contributions are $150, and students with a valid ID may join at the "for45" level for $20.16.  (Note that all attendees will be asked to show proof of US citizenship or permanent residency).  Details are below and you may RSVP via the link October 3rd Fundraiser.

  • 15 Sep 2016 11:38 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Donations requested for Home Leopold!

    HOPE, the AWCB’s philanthropic arm, is looking for donations as part of their monthly bingo session at Home Leopold on September 22nd. Home Leopold is an assisted-living facility in Overijse. Donations of the following items are requested: scarves, gloves, hats, bags, small household decorative items, and backpacks. In addition, homemade baked goods, napkins, cups, and sugar-free beverages for the bingo game on September 22nd are also welcome.

    Please feel free to drop off donations by September 21st at the following locations:

    • Cross Border Planning (previously Dunhill Financial)
      • Avenue de Saisons 110, 1050 Ixelles
      • Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm at:


    • American Women’s Club of Brussels
      • Ahornlaan 1, 1640 Rhode St Genèse
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30am - 3:30pm

    In addition, ACB will be hosting a clothing drive during the fall to aid in the refugee crisis. Donation bins will be setup at the locations above, in addition to ACB events, such as Final Friday.

    You can contact HOPE at for information concerning donation drop off.

    Stay tuned for more details!

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