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Youth literature in Arab countries

The example of Lebanon: revival & permanence


By Mathilde Chèvre

In Lebanon, in Beirut more exactly, fifteen children’s publishers have been created since 2000. Their production is added to that of other publishers created in the 1950′s and 60′s and is behind a true editorial spring for the youth. This spring finds its roots in a need to write history, both [...]

Reading Here, There and Everywhere

Regional Award for Arabic children’s books now launched


From today and till the 15th of October 2010, publishers of children’s books in Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria are invited to submit their books in Arabic language and get the opportunity to be recognized at the national and regional level.

“Reading Here, There and Everywhere” is an annual book award organized by the [...]

Public reading in Lebanon

Cultural action for youth and book policies


Imad Hachem/Head of Books & Reading/Lebanese Ministry of Culture


“The Lebanese are scattered around the globe. In 2009 they played hosts”. Chosen by UNESCO as the World Book Capital in 2009, Beirut was the scene of a cultural year such as Lebanon had never known.

“A window on the diversity of cultures and a [...]

Mubtada wa khabar

A collaborative platform for the arab book industry


‘Mubtada wa khabar’ is a collaborative platform that aims at bringing together the regional actors of knowledge in order to invigorate thought in the Arab world.

Literature being an essential vehicle of culture and a vital element of thought, mubtada.org aims at contributing to the development of the book industry by providing continuous information, [...]