World of Books

Back at home, my life was mostly colored with the books I read. I knew more people from the books than the real world outside. Making friends is good in fact, but somehow I preferred to read about lives of different people from different countries since it has always been exciting to know there are people, societies, cultures out just different from that of mine.

Speaking about books and difference, I want you to check ‘World of Books’ -a book covering pictures of bookshelves from all over the world. As Sas writes in the introduction;  ” The spirit that springs from these pages celebrates the freedom to think, read and write. “World of Books” is dedicated to all who cherish the unrestricted expression and exchange of ideas”. I am happy to see the picture of my bookshelf too in this book. Thanks Sas, for including the picture of my books to your book.

‘World of Books’ is among the artist books designed for the Al-Mutannabi street Broadside Project which honors what was lost in the Al-Mutannabi Street in Baghdad in 2007.

On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutannabi Street in Baghdad. Al-Mutannabi Street is in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. Al-Mutannabi Street, the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and even tea and tobacco shops. It has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.

Check their website here to find out more about the project and other artist books.

P.S. 13th of May is celebrated as Mother’s day in our neighborhood Turkey, and also overseas in the USA and some other countries. Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers in the world. I don’t want to repeat a cliché, but I can’t help saying every day should be mother’s day taking into consideration what our mothers have done and still continuing to do for us.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mason Wiley on May 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Bravo being included in that collection!


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