Could a word ever enclose so many emotions?!

Photos by Nowhere Girl

“I’m going to go home. Everything is going to be normal again. Boring again. Wonderful again.”

― Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere.

I am going home. I don’t know when, but I am, and I’m super psyched about it! This month marks my 22nd month of being away. I’m sure home will not look the same as when I left it, but it will be home. There has been so much talk and self-analysis about the future lately. And if I were to rank the times where I’ve been most unsure of in my life, this would make it to the top 5 easily. But the future will have to figure itself out. For now, I know I’m going home.

Photo taken November 2012 in San Carlos City, Philippines.

Copyright Tanya Vill 2012

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First Big Arabic-focused Bookshop Opens in Istanbul

Arabic Books in Istanbul


Last week, Syrian publishers helped open the first major Arabic-focused bookshop in Istanbul, a four-floor, multilingual and multigenre space:

An opening-day photo from the Safahat Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/PagesBookstoreCafe/photos/pcb.1625936267652879/1625933954319777/?type=1&theater An opening-day photo from the Pages Facebook page.

The newly opened “Pages” Bookshop is located in the historic Fatih district, close to the Kariye Museum. According to a feature in Publishing Perspectives by Olivia Snaije, more than “2,000 titles will be available in Arabic, Turkish, English, and French in a 210 square-meter space spread over four floors.”

It also boasts a café.

The bookshop is the brainchild of Gulnar Hajo and Samer al-Kadri, founders Bright Fingers children’s publishing house.

Like an estimated 350,000 other Syrian refugees living in Istanbul, Hajo and al-Kadri left Syria with their two daughters, first setting up in Jordan and later moving to Istanbul in 2013. Al-Kadri told Publishing Perspectives that he saw the need to establish a bookshop where books in Arabic were readily available. He told

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10 Great Novels About the Immigrant Experience

Novels and Immigration.
Good topic


This week saw the release of Karolina Waclawiak’s debut novel How to Get Into the Twin Palms, a wonderful little book that made us fall in love with the idea of the immigrant novel all over again. A Polish émigré herself, Waclawiak’s tale is a twist on the traditional coming-to-America novel, her heroine an immigrant trying to pass as another kind of immigrant, testing the waters, in the LA heat. But off-center as it may be, the book got us thinking about some of our favorite novels about the immigrant experience, a few of which we’ve collected here — read through our list of great fictional immigrant and émigré stories after the jump, and as ever, if we’ve missed your own favorite, please add it to our list in the comments!

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