Mubtada wa Khabar: Making Arabic Books Visible

It was during a conversation between Yasmina Jraissati and Nadim Tarazi, director of La maison du livre that the idea for "Mubtada wa Khabar" (Subject and Predicate) first arose. It was 2006, and Jraissati had been an agent specialized in Arabic literature for two years, but was struggling to find independent information on books. Where was the Publishers Weekly of Arabic literature? Where were the best-seller lists? How could the information get out?

Happy ‘Bibliodiversity Day’

Although more widely celebrated in French- and Spanish-language publishing circles, Bibliodiversity Day -- or El Día B -- is a day to encourage the growth of smaller and environment-specific book trends (not the sparrow and the blue shark, but the dugong and broad-snouted caiman). In the words of bookstore owner and editor Guido Indij, it's also "to counter the North-South current in the spread of books and ideas and to push for counterbalance, from South to North, as well as across the South."