The iconic Beirut Souks’ bookstore Librairie Antoine officially closed its doors on Thursday, as a consequence of the severe damage it had incurred from the Beirut port explosion.
For years, Librairie Antoine has been a go-to landmark for intellectuals, showcasing Lebanon’s literary culture, and hosting authors, readers, book signings, reading clubs, and seminars.
Before its closing on Thursday, the bookstore hosted a final book signing ceremony, uniting author and activist Joumana Haddad and poet Akl Awit, as well as an artistic performance by Lina Abyad.
Activisits on social media bid farewell to Librairie Antoine in Beirut Souks, as this branch was an escape for many book lovers, and holds great importance in Beirut, which, according to many, has turned into a “ghost town.”
However, numerous people are now working and trying their best to revive Beirut’s cultural scene, and re-opening important landmarks, like the iconic Piccadilly Theatre in Beirut, which is reportedly set to be restored after being closed for 28 years.