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Vanished Beirut Book Signing SuccessBeirut Vanished
 

September 18, 2016

Beirut Book Signing Success

BEIRUT - Guests turned out on a pleasant Saturday evening (17 September 2016) in Beirut to attend the book signing of Vanished, by Ahmed Masoud.

In the exquisite newly opened Dar El-Nimer for Arts & Culture in the heart of Beirut, Falak Shawwa of Rimal Publications welcomed guests and introduced our inspiring author Ahmed Masoud and poet Jehan Bseiso. Their conversation answered questions such as why he wrote the book, the significance of the cover design, and the impact of Gaza and living in the UK had on writing the novel.

After their talk, Ahmed read a few excerpts and signed copies of his book.

April 04, 2015

Rimal at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair ended today. We, the Rimal Books team, spent 6 days of networking, attending cultural events, professional programs and selling our books to visitors.

The Book Fair was a great success!

Reflections from Palestine was shortlisted for MEMO Award 2014
August 01, 2014

Reflections from Palestine - shortlisted for MEMO Award 2014

We are delighted to announce that The Middle East Monitor have short listed "Reflections from Palestine, by Samia Nasir Khoury" for the MEMO Palestine Book Awards 2014.

Blue Fish Sharjah Children Books Awar
April 30, 2014

Sharjah Children's Book Award

We are happy to share the great news!

Blue Fish's Secret Wish has been honored with the 2014 Sharjah Children's Book Award, and Rimal Books was awarded for contributing to the 6th Annual Sharjah Children's Reading Festival".

We thank the Sharjah Government and the Department of Culture for this recognition.

We would also like to congratulate the author, Ranya Malouf, on this achievement.

Jerusalem Intellectual Forum Award 2014
April 30, 2014

Jerusalem Intellectual Forum Award 2014 - "Best Book on Jerusalem"

We are delighted to announce that "The Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem" (حارة اليهود في القدس: بين الحقائق والتضليل) received the Jerusalem Intellectual Forum Award 2014 for "Best Book on Jerusalem". We would like to congratulate the author, Dr. Adnan Abdelrazeq on this achievement.

Educational Bookshop Launch Samia Khoury Reflections from Palestine
February 15, 2014

Educational Bookshop - Reflections from Palestine Book Launch

JERUSALEM - Saturday evening, February 15, The Educational Bookshop held a book launch for Samia Nasir Khoury's new book Reflections from Palestine - Journey of Hope, in coordination with Yabous Cultural Centre. With much appreciation, author Samia Khoury said that "the event was a success, the hall at the centre was packed and extra chairs had to be brought in".

 

Thank you to the hosts, coordintaors and guests for making this evening a success.

Reflections by Samia Khoury Palestine
December 05, 2013

Samia Khoury’s book, `Reflections from Palestine’ launched at Sabeel anniversary

JERUSALEM - The 25th anniversary of Palestinian liberation theology was the setting for the launch of Reflections from Palestine - A Journey of Hope, a memoir by Samia Nasir Khoury. The celebration in Jericho was part of the Sabeel International Conference.

About 350 people from Jerusalem and the West Bank, Nazareth and the Galilee area of Israel, and 15 other countries took part in the celebration. Khoury was a founding member of Sabeel, the ecumenical liberation theology center in Jerusalem.
Reflections from Palestine tells the story of life under Israeli occupation. It is a story that Khoury¸ who celebrated her 80th birthday on the day of the book launch, has told for many years. The book opens at the outset of 1967 "Six-Day" war" and describes the relentless series of "temporary measures" that became the binding, suffocating reality of occupation leading up to and following the Oslo Accords.

Khoury explains the wide-ranging social and political problems facing Palestinians under occupation through the sweet and sorrowful experiences of family and community life.

The Rev. Naim Ateek, founder of Sabeel, said Khoury "makes her reader live with her the anxiety of a mother and grandmother, yet she never sounds bitter and never loses hope because she strongly believes in the justice of the cause of her people, the Palestinians."

Khoury is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Birzeit University in the West Bank. She was for many years a leader in the East Jerusalem YWCA. Khoury wrote for more than five years for The Witness magazine, a publication of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company. Reflections from Palestine - A Journey of Hope is published by Rimal Books.

The Sea Niki MarangouThe Sea Niki MarangouThe Sea Niki MarangouThe Sea Niki Marangou

May 24, 2013

An Evening for Niki Marangou

On Friday May 24th an evening was held at the Famagusta Gate in Nicosia and organized for Niki by her family and friends.

The event was well attended and delightful. The program included:

  • Screening of Vouvoula Skoura's video, "water surfaces"

  • Presentation of Niki's new poetry collection, For a Faint Idea by Frangiski Ampazopoulou, Professor of Modern Greek Literature.

  • Adriani Maleni and Lenia Sorokou recite poems from the new collection.

  • Nicolette Demetriou sings "Sto periyiali to kryfo"

  • Selma Ancira presents the publication of The Sea

  • George Skotino remembers: "The Sea, Niki and Famagusta"

  • Nicolette Demetriou sings "To Yiasemi"

 Rimal Books Historic Nicosia

 Rimal Books Historic Nicosia

 Rimal Books Historic Nicosia

 Rimal Books Historic Nicosia

November 07, 2012

Book Launch Success - Historic Nicosia

On Tuesday evening (Nov 6) we enjoyed a delightful book launch for Historic Nicosia. Over 150 guests attended this successful event. Mrs Nora Shawwa of Rimal Books welcomed the distinguished guests and friends and introduced the panel of guest speakers, Dr Nicolas Bakirtzis from the Cyprus Institute, Dr Michalis Olympios from the University of Cyprus, Art Historian, Dr Rita Severi, the editor of the book, Dr Demetrios Michaelides and Mr Lellos Demetriades, Former Mayor of Nicosia.

 

The event was held in a beautiful buildings in the city of Nicosia at the Archaeological Research Unit, Department of History and Archaeology
at the University of Cyprus, located on 12 Gladstonos Street.

 

We would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make this event a successful one. We will be posting photographs on Facebook and videos of the event and speeches on our youtube channel soon.

Art Basel Threads of Identity Widad Kawar
October 05, 2012

Widad Kawar collection exhibited in Basel

We are proud to announce that part of the Widad Kawar collection was beautifully exhibited at Basel Historical Museum in Switzerland.

See the images below and enjoy some of the exhibition photos.

Learn more about W
idad Kawar's collection and the life stories of the women behind the old Palestinian embroidered dresses in our best selling book -  Threads of Identity.

 

 

Nostos book Launch Amman Maath Alousi
June 20, 2012

Nostos - book sigining with Maath Alousi

The book signing event for Nostos was held on Wednesday June 20th, 2012 at 6:30 pm Orfali Gallery, Amman - Jordan. The author of the book, renowned Iraqi architect, Maath Alousi was introduced by the publisher Nora Shawwa to present his new book. The event was a success and guests enjoyed a delightful evening.

 

Lovesong Afaf Zurayk Beirut
December 01, 2011

Celebrating Afaf Zurayk's Lovesong - Book Sigining Event

On Thursday evening of Decemeber 1st, 2011, Afaf Zurayk's Lovesong was celebrated in Beirut. The book signing was held at the charming venue of Dar Bistro & Books in Hamra, and was a great success, attended by over 160 people. We would like to thank all of our guests for joining us in celebrating Lovesong with Afaf Zurayk.

 

We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at Dar Bistro and Rimal for helping make this event a delightful one. Also thank you to Mr Ibrahim Dirani for providing us with photographs of the evening.

Lovesong Book Design Award

Lovesong Beirut Art Fair

October 29, 2011

Lovesong wins the 2011 BABF Book Design Award

 

Yesterday, October 28th, at the closing ceremony at the 2011 Beirut Art Book Fair, the exquisitely produced book Lovesong, by artist Afaf Zurayk, won the Book Design Award of the year.

 

Rimal Books would like to congratulate both Afaf Zurayk and designer Mayda Freije Makdessi.

Anna's House Jerusalem Rimal

Anna's House Jerusalem Rimal Nora Shawwa

Anna's House Jerusalem Rimal

Anna's House Jerusalem Rimal

September 27, 2011

Anna's House book signing in Beirut

A book signing was held for author Odd Karsten Tveit in Beirut on Tuesday, 27 September 2011. Over 80 guests attended the event, where they had copies of Anna's House: The American Colony in Jerusalem, signed by the author.

It was a wonderful evening and a successful event, where guests mingled and enjoyed the panoramic views of the city of Beirut and the Mediterrenean sea.

We would like to thank Nora Boustany for graciously hosting us and everyone who made this evening a delightful one.

Widad Kawar's Book Signing in Beirut

Widad Kawar's Book Signing in Beirut

Widad Kawar's Book Signing in Beirut

June 22, 2011

Widad Kawar's Book Signing in Beirut

 

Throughout the two-hour book signing event at Gruen in Beirut yesterday, Widad Kamel Kawar was signing copies of the much sought after Threads of Identity.

 

It was a delightful evening with over 150 guests attending the event mingled while enjoying refreshments and canapés. The venue also displayed the complimenting Palestinian embroidered items of INAASH.

 

Guests later enjoyed a delicious dinner and a fashion show organized by INAASH, where models walked around and explained the origins of the Palestinian embroidered dresses they wore. All items were available for sale as well.

Threads of Identity Widad Kawar Nora Shawwa

Threads of Identity Widad Kawar Nora Shawwa

Threads of Identity Widad Kawar Nora Shawwa

Threads of Identity Widad Kawar Nora Shawwa Rim Banna

Threads of Identity Widad Kawar Nora Shawwa

December 09, 2010

Threads of Identity Book Launch Success in Amman

On Thursday - 9 December 2010, over 500 guests attended the launch of Threads of Identity: Preserving Palestinian Costume and Heritage, by Widad Kamel Kawar. The launch took place at the Orthodox Club in Amman, Jordan, where the entrance of the hallway was adorned with blossoming citrus trees brought in just for this delightful evening.


The event was held under the auspices of Her Excellency, Mrs Leila Sharaf. Lead by the master of ceremonies, Mrs. Lima Shawwa, speakers included Mrs Sharaf who gave the keynote address; Palestinian singer, Rim Banna; the author, Widad Kawar; and publisher, Nora Shawwa.

 

After speaking to the audience, Rim Banna, dressed in a traditional Palestinian dress, sang a couple of Palestinian songs. The listeners were evidently moved to hear Ms. Banna's beautiful voice on this occasion.
After the speeches, the Oud was playing in the background while guests were finally able to see, browse and purchase copies of the book. The enthusiasm expressed by those who were able to purchase the first copies of Threads of Identity, signed by the author, reflected the success of the evening.

 

We at Rimal Publications would like to thank the author Mrs Widad Kamel Kawar and event organizer, Ms Miral Murad, for their support and our gratitude to the Orthodox Club in Amman for hosting our event and making this evening a delightful one.

 

Rimal Books May Nasr Nora Shawwa

Rimal Books May Nasr Nora Shawwa

November 16, 2010

Rimal Sponsors May Nasr Concert

 

A Great New Voice from Lebanon. On Sunday evening - November 16, 2008 - May Nasr held her concert and first CD launch at 8:00 pm at the Theater of the Lebanese Doctors' Syndicate (Beit El Tabib) in Beirut.
May Nasr, a Lebanese singer from the village of Abey in Mount Lebanon, began singing with her guitar as a hobby. Gradually May gained recognition and was encouraged by friends, family and her mentors to produce a work of her own.

Today, with remarkable support from friends and family, May launched her first CD. Her message is one of love and hope for her country and her people. This concert and CD launch event were dedicated to all those who have supported and encouraged May through all the hardships and joys of this process.
Rimal Books was proud to be a sponsor for this event and we wish May Nasr the best with her journey. Poster photography by Falak Shawwa.
For more information about May Nasr, please visit her official website www.maynasr.com

Rue du Mexique Rimal

Rue du Mexique Rimal

November 10, 2010

Rue du Mexique Book Launch in Beirut

The event was held at El Molino in Hamra, where over 100 guests turned out on Wednesday evening in Beirut on 10 November 2010 to attend the launch of Rue du Mexique and Other stories, by Suhail Bulos.

Over 100 people turned out at El Molino Restaurant in the Hamra district of Beirut on the evening of Wednesday, 10 November 2010 for the launch of Rue du Mexique and Other Stories, by Suhail Bulos. The guests listened to the author discuss writing his book, and then enjoyed the rest of the evening mingling over drinks and hors d'oeuvres, while Dr Bulos signed copies of his book.

Rimal Publications was delighted by the turn out and would like to thank Dr Suhail Bulos, Mr Ibrahim Khoury and Mrs Hania Dajani for their support and extend our gratitude to El Molino for hosting our event and help make the evening a delightful one. A speical thank you goes to Wafa Halawi (video) and Falak Shawwa (photography) for documenting the event on film.

Glafkos Clerides: The Path of a Country by Niyazi Kizilyurek, published by Rimal Publications, was launched in November at a private reception hosted by the Swedish Ambassador to Cyprus , Ingemar Lindhal and Mrs Lindhal.

ovember 01, 2010

Swedish Ambassador to Cyprus Hosts Rimal Book Event

Glafkos Clerides: The Path of a Country by Niyazi Kizilyurek, published by Rimal Publications, was launched in November at a private reception hosted by the Swedish Ambassador to Cyprus , Ingemar Lindhal and Mrs Lindhal.



Former Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides was the guest of honour at a reception in the Swedish Ambassador's official residence in Nicosia, along with Katy Clerides who translated Dr Kizilyurek's book from Greek to English. Guests included senior foreign diplomats, as well as Greek and Turkish Cypriot politicians, academics and businessmen.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Lindhal said Dr Kizilyurek's book, consisting of wide-ranging interviews with the former president, provided valuable insight into the recent history of and made the reader understand better the problems still faced by the island. The Swedish Ambassador said Glafkos Clerides: The Path of a Country would be "essential reading for all diplomats posted to Cyprus."

Turkish Cypriot writer and broadcaster Hasan Kahvecioglu told guests at the reception that Dr Kizilyurek had made a valuable contribution to the study of Cypriot history in his interviews with former President Clerides. Furthermore, the two men, one Turkish Cypriot and the other Greek Cypriot, had avoided taking sides on the key issues that divide Cyprus . Instead, their conversations would help build bridges between the two communities.

The Rector of the University of Cyprus, Professor Stavros A Zenios, applauded the work of Dr Kizilyurek, saying it represented an important dialogue between two intellectuals. He added that any debate over the future of Cyprus needed to be based on a clear, honest and objective assessment of the recent past, leaving aside emotive rhetoric and propaganda. Former President Clerides and Dr Kizilyurek, in their deep and informative dialogue, had made a valuable contribution to the internal debate among Cypriots.

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr

Life at the Crossroads Book Launch Nicosia Cyprus Gerlad Butt Nora Shawwa May Nasr    

June 01, 2009

Book Launch Success in Nicosia: Life at the Crossroads

Almost 200 guests turned out on a balmy Monday evening in Nicosia on 1 June 2009 to attend the launch of the new edition of Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza, by Gerald Butt.

In the gardens of the capital's Municipality, Mayor Eleni Mavrou gave the keynote speech in which she said that the Cypriot people had empathy for the Palestinians due to their own experience of war and occupation. She applauded the publication of a book that drew the attention of the world both to the plight of the Palestinian people and the rich history of their homeland.

Journalist and history teacher Maria Chrysanthou then gave a thorough overview of the book in Greek for the benefit of the Greek speakers in attendance.

Next, Gerald Butt spoke to the audience about Life at the Crossroads and why he wrote the first edition in 1995. Life for the people in Gaza was grim in the days of the First Intifada, which began in 1987. Gerald said he had not considered that a place that looked so destitute could have a long and rich history. But his vision of Gaza 's past changed when he began researching the book.

Learning about the history of Gaza made Gerald into an ardent supporter of its people, and he said in his speech that despite ‘the hardship in Gaza ...I think there are two very important things that we should be celebrating. The first is the fact that, despite all appearances to the contrary, the people of Gaza have a long and distinguished history - a history that deserves to be told. Secondly, I think we should be celebrating the determination of the Gaza people to go on doing what they have done throughout three millennia of history - resisting foreign occupation and fighting for independence.'

 

After his talk, Gerald signed copies of his book and guests were also entertained by singers May Nasr from Lebanon, who flew in especially from Beirut to perform at the event, and Greek Cypriot Michalis Mazoras.

 

All of us at Rimal Publications were delighted by such a warm, welcoming response from the people of Cyprus, and in particular from the mayor and her staff who went out of their way to provide the venue and assistance to ensure the book launch was carried off in a professional way. A quarter of the proceeds from the sales were donated by Rimal Publications to the Palestinian Welfare Organization's Emergency Appeal for Aid and Support for Gaza.

 

Palestinian Embroidery Motifs Nora Shawwa Widad Kawar Margarita Skinner Rimal BooksPalestinian Embroidery Motifs Nora Shawwa Widad Kawar Margarita Skinner Rimal Books

Palestinian Embroidery Motifs Nora Shawwa Widad Kawar Margarita Skinner Rimal Books

Palestinian Embroidery Motifs Nora Shawwa Widad Kawar Margarita Skinner Rimal Books

November 11, 2007

Palestinian Embroidery Motifs Launched in Amman

Over 240 people attended our book launch on Sunday November 11, 2007, in Amman. The event was a great success, with most of the copies of Palestinian Embroidery Motifs: A Treasury of Stitches 1850-1950 presented at the launch sold, and 35% of the proceeds went to the Welfare Association in support of projects in Palestine.

 

The book launch was hosted at the Regency Palace Hotel by Mr. and Mrs. Sami Sawalha in Amman. Our evening included speeches by Dr. Atallah Kuttab, Director General of the Welfare Association, and authors Mrs. Margarita Skinner and Mrs. Widad Kawar.

 

Putting together this wonderful treasury of motifs by Mrs. Margarita Skinner in association with Mrs. Widad Kawar was a two year process involving many people to deliver the book you see today.

The impressive photography by Falak Shawwa captures the essence of the embroidery pieces from the world-renowned collection of Mrs. Widad Kawar. The crisp design and layout of graphic designer Chara Adamidou was a key in presenting the content.

 

Our sincere thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Sawalha for their generosity, Mrs. Miral Murad of ARTY Creative Marketing Services-Amman for her efforts in helping us put the event together, to all those who attended the launch, and to everyone who sent their best wishes and support from afar.

 

The book received great reviews and attention for its contribution to the documentation of this rich Palestinian heritage. All the support during the event helped Palestinian Embroidery Motifs: A Treasury of Stitches 1850-1950 get off to a great start.

Cyprus and Island apart

Cyprus and Island apart

April 22, 1999

Cyprus an Island Apart Book Launch

NICOSIA - On Thursday 22nd of April 1999, Rimal Publications launched Seamus Macugh's Cyprus An Island Apart: A Personal Experience at abu faysal's restaurant.

The book signing was a great success with the distinguished guest speaker Mrs Nora Laissis, Professor of English at Cyprus College. Over 75 people atteneded the event, mingled and enjoyed a small speach by the author as well. Guests included Shyamala Cowsik, Lindsey Tworst, Elizabeth Miller, Reem Boudairi, Maria Papacharalambous, Lynn Terrot, Garo Keheyian, Maath Alousi, Bill Schwartz, Clive Britton, Sandra MacHugh, Nabil Ahmed and many others.