Remember: People of Al-Mutanabbi Street
Jill Alden Littlewood & Bonnie Thompson Norman,
|Every book is a surprise. No matter
what the spine says or the front promises, once you open it you
land in the world of the creator.
The people standing on Al-Mutanabbi Street had their noses in books;
books for school, books for pleasure, books for gifts or to amuse
or to get heated up about.
All of that blew up together... people, books, special worlds of
words. The books survived: they always do. It is the elegance of
an edition. There is nothing so comforting for people. They are
gone. To remember them we made a book, a book of beauty. Here they
can live forever. But we also wanted to give a jolt, a bit of dust
and war, to viscerally convey the sadness we feel for each person
who lost their lives that day.