Yesterday, we launched the first event of our new book club “Alef”.
Thirty people, from Rafid (my village) and the surrounding towns, attended. We discussed Ghassan Kanafani’s book “Um Saad” (أم سعد).
The event was definitely a great start for the club. The comments we got were all positive and very encouraging.
It was wonderful to meet all those people who read quite a lot.
I recently read about Najwa Sahmarani’s survey in Tripoli (north of Lebanon) in which when 550 students and young professionals were asked about the last time they have finished reading a book for pleasure, seventy percent answered with ‘I’ve never finished a book’ or ‘Before last year’.
This is extremely shocking but very true. At my school, you can practically count the few people that read books other than the school ones.
In Sahmarani’s survey, 44 percent said they’d read more if part of a reading club or literary community, had easier access to books.
Our hopes that “Alef” brings those who read together and encourages those who don’t.. (They don’t know what pleasures they’re missing)!
Check our Facebook page to keep up with our future activities and discussions.
Photo courtesy: Abdell-Monhem Amiri
Are you a member of a book club? Have you read Kanafani’s Um Saad?