The Iraqi BookSeller
Laurie Szujewska, USA
|The Iraqi Bookseller
is inspired by The Bookseller’s Story Ending
Much too Soon, an article written by Anthony
Shadid for the Washington Post Foreign Service on March 12,
2007. Shadid’s story is a personal account of the Mutannabi
Street bombing told through a reminiscence of his friendship with
Mohammed Hayawi, a bookseller on the street.
It is intended to be both a remembrance of Hayawi and a tribute
to Shadid’s poignant story of his friend. Sadly, as I was
finishing the printing of the book, Anthony Shadid died on February
13, 2012, while in Syria covering the uprising there.
Laurie Szujewska (shoe yév skä)
is an artist printmaker and typographer in whose work the word is
the image. She makes prints using the mediums of letterforms, words,
oil paints, and inks on a Vandercook printing press. Her art and
graphic work has been exhibited worldwide including San Francisco,
Chicago, LA, New York, and Dublin. Her studio, Ensatina Press, is
located in Sonoma County California.