Bonus Material: Should Beirut Merge Its Two Book Fairs?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka


The question implicit in Yasmina Jraissati’s lead article today is whether or not it would be better for Lebanon’s two book fairs—one catering to French readers, one to Arabic readers—to merge. Jraissati argues that keeping the fairs separate only serves to exacerbate deep suspicions between the two cultures.

It seems to me that a book fair is just about the most neutral ground one can think of for enabling a cultural exchange. Is it naïve to think so? Or would the potential benefit outweigh any risk?

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.