Aaliya’s Books, a much-loved Beirut bookstore named for a character in a Rabih Alameddine novel, has lost the battle to stay open—for now.
The Sharjah World Book Capital Office and Sharjah Book Authority are providing new grants to support Lebanese publishers and book fairs.
As parts of Beirut struggle to rebuild after the August 4 explosion, the Sharjah World Book Capital Office has stepped in to help restore three damaged libraries.
Peirene Press founder Meike Ziervogel is spending a year in Beirut to learn the language and translate more of the region’s literature into English.
The new translation of the graphic novel Beirut 1990 is a timely reminder that when it comes to depicting the reality of war, sometimes waiting a while is best.
Celebrating 20 years, Beirut’s Francophone Book Fair will honor the Goncourt Academy and launch a new book prize, despite recent escalated violence in the city.
The Hay Festival has returned to Beirut for another three day event, with than 50 authors, journalists, artists, and thinkers convening to share stories and ideas.
By Olivia Snaije BEIRUT: Dar Onboz is a small, Beirut-based publishing company with big dreams. Founded in the spring of 2006, just before the Israeli summer bombing of Lebanon, Dar Onboz has faced down financial worries, problems with distribution and the general difficulties of running a company in country where the political situation is volatile and corruption is commonplace. The …
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 …
By Olivia Snaije LEBANON: The UK-based Hay Festival has announced the shortlist of writers who will be part of Beirut39, a project that intends to give exposure to 39 of some of the most accomplished Arab writers under the age of 40. Hay had previously organized Bogotá39 in 2007, which identified talented young Latin American writers and introduced them to …