“Picture Perfect”, A Children’s Book Commemorating Beirut Blast’s 3-Year Old Victim Alexandra Najjar

I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Najla el Khatib to try and write down her sister's story, but I can only admire her courage and perseverance in coming up with this children's book after several years, to memorialize Alexandra Najjar and send out a message of hope and resilience. Before talking about the book, and as I was watching Najla's interview, I thought her sister's name rang a bell but I…

The National Library Officially Reopens (Again)

The National Library was officially reopened in 2018 after 39 years but it had to be closed once again following the damages caused by the 2020 Beirut blast. Qatar had already sponsored the efforts to reopen the library after decades of closure, and has once stepped up to repair the damages caused by the Beirut port explosion in collaboration with ALIPH , UNESCO as well as other partners. The Qatar National Library will support partners’…
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“Illustrated History of Lebanon” Updated 25 Years Later!

7 months ago
25 years after having published the first edition of “Illustrated History of Lebanon”, Nayla de Freige & Maria Saad with Fadlallah Dagher as the illustrator have released an updated version that will include events up ...
Art

Amin Maalouf Granted National Order of Merit by French President Macron

2 years ago
During a ceremony held in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron honored Lebanese-born French author Amin Maalouf with the National Order of Merit (Grand officier de l’Ordre national du Mérite) for his contributions to literature. Amin ...
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Lebanese Hoda Barakat Wins 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

3 years ago
The Night Mail by Hoda Barakat was announced as the winner of the 12th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) at a ceremony held at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi few days ...
Books

10,000 Digitized Arabic e-books

3 years ago
The Arabic Collections Online project has just made available 10,000 Arabic ebooks across 6,000 subjects for free. It was established with support from NYU Abu Dhabi, and by major grants from Arcadia, a charitable fund ...
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The National Library Finally Reopen After 39 Years!

3 years ago
The National Library has been finally inaugurated yesterday after years of restoration works. Old manuscripts and books have been brought back and the library is ready to open to the public! The National Library was ...
Art

Lebanon’s National Library is Open Till November 20

5 years ago
The rehabilitation project of the National Library is supposedly complete but it won’t be opening (officially) anytime soon because the cabinet has yet to appoint an executive board and director. Nevertheless, there’s an ongoing exhibition ...
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Maximum Max: A Comic Book Inspired by Maxime Chaya’s Adventures

5 years ago
Lebanese explorer and mountaineer Maxime Chaya released few days ago a comic inspired by his own adventures in cooperation with Hachette Antoine publishing house. “Maximum Max” is a series of 7 comic albums that will ...
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Maya Zankoul’s New Book Explores Similarities Between Beirut & New York

5 years ago
Lebanese blogger and visual artist Maya Zankoul launched her latest book yesterday entitled “Beirut-New York” where she explores unlikely similarities between these two highly incompatible cities. The illustrations are funny, witty and spot-on, just like ...
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