Book Browsing in Beirut
Earlier we ran a series of articles about the books in the shop windows of bookstores around the world as spotted on our travels. London, Paris, Toronto, Vienna, Helsinki and more, were featured. As it turns out, my former Stanford Alum roommate opened a bookstore by the name of Papercup in her hometown of Beirut, and she's been getting a lot of very good press recognition! What are they reading in Beirut, you ask? And so we did.
Rania Naufal's philosophy goes like this,
"...[with] a passion for books and personal frustration for the lack of a cozy, neighborhood spot, Papercup opened its doors in June 2009 as a dedicated specialized bookshop. Located on a charming street in the eclectic Mar Mikhael neighborhood of Beirut, you will find our shelves filled with beautiful books on art, architecture, design, photography, and fashion. Those are complemented by a curated selection of magazines, children reads, graphic novels and stationery finds, as well as our bespoke ordering service – if you can’t find it on our shelves, we will order it with complimentary shipping.
We also love our coffee and strive to serve a good one.
In other words, think of Papercup as a coffee-infused book therapy.
We love Rania's idea of asking visiting authors, celebs and others what books they adore, which she then features on a display. It provides a sort of window into the reading interests of creative minds whose books we already enjoy.
As an example here is what she posted on facebook and featured last fall.
February 23, 2016 —
The talented @ramsayshort is our guest this fall. His unique selection is on display for a month.
Ramsay Short is a British-Lebanese writer and journalist and DJ whose work spans all mediums and styles. From hard-hitting newspaper reportage at The Guardian and The Telegraph to culture and travel features for numerous international magazines and publications. He has also been the founding editor-in-chief of the now defunct Time Out Beirut and of the global travel magazine Let’s Go. When he’s not writing he’s reading and when he’s doing neither of those he’s record digging and travelling. Ramsay is currently working on his first novel – a futuristic thriller set in Beirut – as well as the launch of an independent magazine covering travel, rebellion and one of the big issues of our time: the global movement of people. Ramsay lives in London with his family – but like it or not, always finds his way back to the city that is his second home, Beirut.
Here is a combination of things Ramsay Short has published and recommends:
- Hedonist's Guide to Beirut by Ramsay Short
- The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster,
- Newspapermen by Ruth Dudley Edwards,
- Adbusters: Manefesto for Revolution,
- The Windup Bird Chronicle by Murikami.