The summer bookshop — a collaboration between Lagrange Points, BOZAR, Chaire Mahmoud Darwich, and MUG Coffee — is set to be open for the next three months. The shop promises a collection of new Arabic books, artwork, and a summer terrace.
They are, they write, “Brussels’ first international cookstore café with Arab identity, a place for literature, music, art, film, events & public conversations.”
The name comes from a concept from astrophysics. A Lagrangian point “is a location in space where the combined gravitational forces of two large bodies, such as Earth and the sun. The interaction of the forces creates a point of balance and harmony.”
Lagrange Points also maintains a bilingual blog about Arabic literature with posts that range from accounts of events, such as an evening with Iraqi writer Ali Badr, to book reviews, to a post on “The Mall as a Reflection of Contemporary Culture in the Work of Mahmoud Al-Wardani and Vaporwave Music.” Several posts are available both in English and in Arabic.