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Q8Books is Coming Back
// 2:48AM – Everything Kuwait

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A lot of people think that bookstores won’t survive, I beg to differ! Yes a lot of bookstores are losing money but I think bookstores can be a beautiful thing if they are part of the community, and Q8books was. We had book clubs, writing clubs, writing workshops, kids reading, writing competitions and more practically on a daily basis. So we are all very sad that Bayt Lothan, the generous place that provided us and other young creatives a home closed down last month.

Luckily though, DAI (Dar Al Athar Alislamiyah) is becoming the new trendy place for creatives to go to and they have been generous enough to provide us and our community with a space.

Their Yarmouk cultural center is super cool with plenty of state of the art facilities, a museum gift shop (with lovely books and gorgeous accessories), a beautiful theater, a library, an exhibition hall and so on.

Q8books will be opening at 6pm on April the 23rd (World Book Day) and we would love to see you there. Please come and show your support. Just say hi to our hard working team that wants to make a difference in Kuwait.

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فيديو: المجلس الوطني للثقافة و الفنون و الآداب يسعى لإحياء دور المكتبات العامة بعد نلقها إلى هيكلة

لطالما كانت المكتبات العامة في الكويت مقصد الباحثين عن المعلومات والمكان المفضل للطلبة للاستقاء من المراجع المتنوعة والدراسة في اجوائها الهادئة لكنها اخذت تفقد تلك المكانة يوما بعد اخر لأسباب عدة اهمها انتشار التكنولوجيا وقلة التجهيزات والمراجع وفقدان بيئة المطالعة فيها.
ولعل من اهم اسباب ابتعاد الناس عن المكتبات الثورة التكنولوجية وانتشار الحواسيب المحمولة والهواتف الذكية وعدم اهتمام المعنيين بها وقلة المراجع فيها وعدم تحديثها فضلا عن قدم مبانيها وعدم توافر الأجواء المريحة وقلة التسويق والترويج لها.
وحرصا من مجلس الوزراء على اعادة احياء الدور المنشود من المكتبات وتلافي اسباب الابتعاد عنها فقد قرر نقل صلاحيات وادارة قطاع المكتبات العامة في وزارة التربية بما فيه من موظفين ومبان واجهزة وكتب الى المجلس الوطني للثقافة والفنون والاداب.
وبدءا من اليوم الاول من ابريل سيطبق قرار مجلس الوزراء الذي جاء بعد خمسة قرارات اتخذت على مدى اكثر من 35 عاما في التنقل ما بين وزارة التربية والمجلس الوطني وهو ما جعل المجلس يسارع الزمن لوضع خططه والياته في كيفية تسويق المكتبات وفق المنظور التكنولوجي المأمول.
وعن ذلك القرار قال الوكيل المساعد لقطاع الثقافة والفنون في المجلس الوطني للثقافة والفنون والاداب محمد العسعوسي لوكالة الانباء الكويتية (كونا) ان القرار جاء بناء على طلب من وزارة التربية باعتبار ان المجلس الوطني هو الانسب لادارة شؤون المكتبات العامة.
وذكر العسعوسي ان عملية النقل جاءت لاقتناع المسؤولين بأن المجلس الوطني هو المسؤول عن الجانب الثقافي في الكويت وان قطاع المكتبات هو قطاع موجه لمختلف شرائح المجتمع وهو اقرب ما يكون للجانب الثقافي منه للجانب التربوي مضيفا انه سبق ان نقلت قطاعات من وزارات الى المجلس منها الفرق الشعبية الكويتية التي كانت تتبع وزارة الشؤون والمسارح الاهلية التي كانت تتبع وزارة الاعلام.
وكشف عن خطط لدى المجلس الوطني تم وضعها لتشجيع القراءة ترتكز على خلق حالة من التواصل ما بين مرتادي المكتبات العامة والمكتبة ذاتها باعتبارها اوعية المعلومات والكتب المختلفة.
واوضح ان المرحلة المقبلة ستكون مكثفة لتنشيط المكتبات وتهيئة الاجواء لجعلها مكانا محببا للاطلاع وتزويد مجموعتها العلمية بالكتب الحديثة او وسائل التقنية الحديثة مبينا ان المكتبة العامة لم تعد بمفهوم تكنولوجيا المعلومات مخزنا للكتب بل مركز اشعاع وتفاعل واثراء من خلال الاجهزة التكنلولوجية ووسائل التواصل الحديثة للاطلاع على اخر ما توصل اليه العلم في مختلف مناحي الحياة. ورأى العسعوسي ان الكتاب بشكله التقليدي لا يزال يحظى بقبول واهتمام كبيرين على مستوى دول العالم مدللا على ذلك بأن مبيعات معارض الكتب في تزايد مستمر وهناك اقبال كبير على شراء الكتاب بشكله التقليدي كونه مصدرا اساسيا للمعلومات.
وافاد بان من الخطط الموضوعة لتسويق المكتبات العامة هو السعي نحو تقديم اوعية المعلومات من خلال الشكل التقليدي المغلف بالتقنيات الحديثة المتوفرة فضلا عن صيانة وتطوير وتحديث المكتبات ومبانيها.التدوينة فيديو: المجلس الوطني للثقافة و الفنون و الآداب يسعى لإحياء دور المكتبات العامة بعد نلقها إلى هيكلة ظهرت أولاً على مدونة الزيادي.

 

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Book Review: #GIRLBOSS
// Crazy Yet Wise

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I really loved this book. It’s what every girl out there need who is struggling with herself, her job and her place in society. The language of this book is so simple and many people can relate to Sophia because she is just a normal girl like us. She isn’t a business graduate, or a multi-millionaire daughter who inherited her family’s wealth. No, she actually doesn’t hold a college degree, and that what makes her a great person. Not that everybody should drop out of school, but this means, that even those who couldn’t beta degree can be successful.

I loved how she didn’t care about what people thought of her and how she looked to others, she was confident of what she is and that what made her what she is right now. Sometimes, we all struggle with ourselves even if we have everything, there’s always this missing thing but she managed to find it at the end and made it big.

The one thing that I didn’t like is that I felt that few things were repeated over and over again in few chapters.

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Emirates Literature Festival-Dubai 2
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I’ve just come back from Dubai where I’ve attended the Emirates Literature Festival for the first time in my life … Where was I? Really! I mean, why haven’t I read or heard about this festival before? Maybe because I was busy with raising Jana? Maybe!

Anyways, I came to know about this festival 3 weeks before it was supposed to start. I got very excited that there were authors that I’m a big fan of would be attending the festival. I got the permission from my husband, asked my aunt to join me and started booking. I booked the same hotel where all the fuzz was happening, Intercontinental Dubai Festival Hotel, which turned out to be a great hotel. And my flight was on Aljazeera (KD 63/-). It was the first time that I flew on Aljazeera, it was ok for a short trip, more importantly their timing is punctual.

Let’s talk about the festival … I arrived on the evening of Thursday 10th of March 2016. Didn’t book any sessions for this day. The whole celebrations and fun started on Friday afternoon. I went down there around 12pm where people were queueing for their favourite authors to sign their books, others enjoying their time chatting together, some people enjoying books shopping in the area (They set a book store inside the hotel selling the books of the authors attending the festival-WHSmith), and kids enjoying the activities prepared for them. The atmosphere was just amazing.

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My session was supposed to start at 1:30pm, I arrived a bit early & got to know a very nice old lady from the UK where we enjoyed our time chatting together about books, authors and life. She was so sweet, we even sat together when the session started and commented on few things. The first session was about Under Cornwall’s Spell where authors Liz Fenwick & Jenny Colgan talked about their love for this particular place in England. I loved this session a lot, both authors were nice, funny and kind. They shared their experiences and talked about their characters. They also mentioned how it’s very difficult to write about the place you’re living in trying to make it sound nice when it’s totally the opposite. After the session, I asked to take a photo with both of them and they were adorable. Just look at the photos😀 I was really looking forward for meeting Jenny Colgan, such a nice lady. Later, they signed my books yeeepppeeeee.

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The next session, took place at 3:30 pm in a bigger hall. Ofcourse, it needed a huge space to hold the audience/fans of the one and only Mr. Michael Dobbs who has worked with Margaret Tatcher and writing the political books/series House of Cards. This session was mind opening to the political lives of politicians and how it’s not easy to be a politician. The difficulties they face in real life, writing about it and continuing to write about it. Mr. Dobbs talked about it all, and how his book series were picked to become a TV show. He also mentioned that he’s working on season 5 right now. Oh, and that funny joke about Donald Trump hahaha:) After the session, I went to stand in the line for him to sign my book, he did with a bonus photo and a huge smile from him😀 Oh such a nice man.

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I was able to attend only 2 sessions, but I was determined to make it on time at night to meet the famous author from my country Kuwait Saud Alsanousi. He makes me feel proud, saying that this great author is from my hometown. I reached the hotel at 9:30pm after having dinner outdoors, and saw chatting with some people, I went immediately to my room, got my book and came back downstairs for him to sign my copy of his great book. He was really nice and adorable, and I loved what he write on my book😀

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It was the loveliest weekend ever, I loved every minute spent in the festival. I’ll make sure nshallah to attend the festival every year:)

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Book Review: The Gods of Gotham
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This book deserves more than 5 stars … Whatever I’m going to write in this small review rectangle won’t do it justice. The characters, the setting, the buildings, the words and language used, just amazing. This book is a historical fiction and the writer did a great job in doing her research before writing this book.

This is the first sequel of Timothy Wilde adventures. If Timothy was a real life character, I’d marry him without thinking❤ I can’t explain to you how I’m in love with his character, attitude, kindness and cruelty to those who are doing harm to innocent people.

The story falls back in 1845 when a huge fire destroyed many pars of New York and the Potato Famine hitting Ireland and sending the Irish to New York … All these incidents changed the fate of many in NY City and the NYPD was formed to keep its citizens safe.

After being scarred physically and emotionally, Timothy Wilde takes the job as a copper star offered to him by his older brother Valentine. Because it’s the only job he can have after being disfigured. Angry and frustrated n the streets of New York, he meets little Bird who’s all covered in blood … is it hers? Later on ,,, investigation leads to finding 19 dead bodies of young children, hatred letters from the man calling himself The Hand of The God of Gotham. Timothy promises to keep Bird safe and find out who killed those little kids … while trying to find out who really killed those children, Tim learns a dark secret about the woman he loved all his life that will leave him shattered to pieces!

The novel discusses many aspects of that era in New York. Religious, political, romantic, financial, scientific, women’s freedom etc. From what I think, this book can be taught in universities and schools because it’s just amazing. Loved it

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Book Review: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan
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From the blogger who read the world in one year and wrote a book about it comes this second and quite enticing dark thriller “Beside Myself” and once I set my eyes upon it I snatched it at once. I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of Ann Morgan‘s first book “Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer” because I was featured in it as the author of the book from Kuwait, quite an honour really but I will be talking about that book another time for the post have been ready and waiting for almost a year now! When reading Ann’s book, I liked what I read. When I read the description of Ann’s second book, I couldn’t wait to get my copy and as I finally sat down to read it, I had butterflies in my stomach.

Why?

Well, you see, I have a little confession to make… I always envied twins! Ever since I could remember I’ve wanted, desperately at some points, to have a twin sister -or even a brother- of my own! I even had the subject of my library project 2 (maktabat 2 in high school, god knows how I would translate it now) be about twins. The way I saw it, twins must be the happiest people on earth because they will never be lonely. Twins would always have someone they’d count on to love them, cherish them even in a way no one else can have. Share their own world, language, clothes, secrets, just like they did in the womb.

Now that being said, you must understand how it felt to pick a book about twins who switch identities in a childhood game only one of them, Ellie, refuses to switch back and steps into Helen’s shoes full force. The switch lasts into adulthood and the devastated Helen loses her identity and as it seems, everything else she cares about.

Why is it a dark thriller? It talks about mental illness, hereditary ones especially, how lonely and isolating it can be to a person, how destructive, especially when it lacks support and understanding from your loved ones, and how mundane activities people would normally take for granted are a dream for others searching for peace of mind.

Was it a page turner? You bet it was, the epilogue did seem a bit slow but after page one in chapter one it really flies and you are smack in the middle of the twin’s tale. Ann gives quite a rich and vivid description of the surroundings and activities, particularly the art pieces which I could almost imagine seeing and the whispering voices that I could almost hear myself. Some might argue that there are too many details but personally I didn’t mind them much.

I did, however, get a bit annoyed with the arrangement of one chapter for the past, followed by one for the future. I found myself wishing for more of smudge time and little less Helen and Elli time. It could be because I was so heart broken because of Hellen’s plight and how she was wronged yet she was cast aside and treated as a dangerous outsider. I wanted to crawl inside the book, materialise on their doorstep, give Helen a reassuring hug and scream at the top of my lungs that she is Helen and that Ellie stole her life, Ellie is a thief!

One last thing, when the book finished I wished there was a little bit more to go on. I wasn’t done with smudge yet, I needed to know more and I wanted more details, perhaps a chapter more or even two. Is there a change for a sequel, dear Ann? Well done by the way, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the twins and was deeply moved indeed. Looking forward to more future books.

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2:48AM – Everything Kuwait Raqsh – Donate Books to Educate

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The other day while at KIPCO tower I spotted a books donation box by an organization called Raqsh. Turns out they collect unwanted books and then send them to small scale societies such as refugee camps. Right now they only have this one donation box located at KIPCO but they’re looking to set up more of them around Kuwait. For more information on the organization, here is a link to their [Website]

http://248am.com/mark/magazines/raqsh-donate-books-to-educate/

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