File - People attend the opening of the Arab Book Fair at BIEL in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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I get a warm fuzzy feeling when there's an international book fair in town and the book part is only the half of it.Thanks to the Beirut International Arab Book Fair, I had the opportunity to meet globally acclaimed, London-based Lebanese novelist and playwright Hanan al-Shaykh in the flesh. Despite living abroad for over three decades, Shaykh's themes are still fed by our society and culture, and everything is penned in Arabic, a language to which the author remains strongly attached. What I can tell you is that books are not the only way to tell stories, and when I listened to "Shababik Beirut" (Beirut Windows) from Tania Saleh's latest album, I got my answer.
Whose life is it anyway?
Removing the blind spots
Putting the love back in Lebanon
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