Beautiful, especially when I think of all the devastation and loss Syrians have been experiencing, and how traumatic the upheaval of being a refugee is.
We love this story of a beautiful new bookstore in Istanbul and the power of books to build community:
After four years of war, Syrians are everywhere in Istanbul — on street corners, squatting in abandoned buildings. But a new venture run by Syrian and Turkish book lovers aims to be a cultural oasis for Arabic readers, and, along the way, give Turks a fuller picture of the Syrians, Iraqis and Libyans increasingly filling the city.
In a painstakingly restored old wooden house in a working class neighborhood, Syrians, Iraqis and Turks mingled recently amid the shelves of the Pages bookstore.
Read more, here.