Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Beirut Book | Blog & Websites Reviews

Click on the previews below to read some blog and websites reviews about The Beirut Book.

in "OnOrient" | Sep. 28, 2015

in "Beirut Bazaar" | Apr. 2, 2015

in "Ustaza Paris | Mar. 20, 2015

in "20 Minutes" | Mar. 19, 2015

in "Beirut Bazar" | Jan. 27, 2015
 Beirut Bazar

in "Scene Beirut"  |  Dec. 16, 2014

in "Bananapook"  |  Nov. 15, 2014

in "Beirut NTSC"  |  Nov. 2, 2014
in "Chroniques Beyrouthines"  |  Oct. 1 - Nov. 1, 2014

Friday, September 18, 2015

Enameled metal signs from "The Beirut Book" @ Beirut Art Fair

Here they are! Eleven months after The Beirut Book's launching in Beirut, David Hury exhibits his enameled metal signs at Beirut Art Fair (Biel), thanks to Lara Saab who was commissioned by the Parisian gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt for the show "Heritage of Emitions". If you want to know more, please visit David's website!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Beirut Book | Press Reviews

Click on the previews below to read some reviews about The Beirut Book.

in "Soura Magazine" | Issue no. 39 | May 2015
 PDF to download

in "L'Hebdo Magazine"  |  Oct. 31, 2014

in L'Agenda Culturel  |  Oct. 30, 2014

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Beirut Book | Rendezvous in Paris

(For once, let's use French... as our event happens in Paris)

Après Beyrouth en novembre, après Bruxelles en février, nous voici donc à Paris pour le lancement de The Beirut Book (Ed. Tamyras). Le programme est dense en cette période de Salon du livre... Quatre rendez-vous sont prévus pour des séances de dédicace avec l'auteur, David Hury:

Samedi 21 mars
15h | Librairie de l'Institut du monde arabe comment s'y rendre?

Dimanche 22 mars
15h30 | Salon du livre, porte de Versailles, stand N37/08 comment s'y rendre?
17h | Salon du livre, porte de Versailles, stand T48 comment s'y rendre?

Mardi 24 mars
18h | Office du tourisme libanais comment s'y rendre?

D'ici là, vous pouvez jeter un œil sur le site de Beirut Prints ou écouter ce qui s'en dit sur les ondes ou sur le web!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Beirut Book | On Air

Click on the previews below to watch some videos or listen to some radio shows about The Beirut Book.

hosted by Mohamed Kaci (TV5Monde) | March 15, 2015

extrait #1
extrait #2

hosted by Youmna Naufal (Future TV)  |  Nov.10, 2014

hosted by Elsa Yazbeck Charabati (MTV)  |  Nov 9, 2014

hosted by Eric Valmir (France Inter)  |  Nov. 7, 2014

hosted by Nora Awada Naufal (Radio Liban)  |  Nov. 3, 2014

hosted by Eric Valmir (France Inter)  |   Nov. 3, 2014

hosted by Tamyras website  |  Oct. 23, 2014

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lost Strange Things by Tanya Traboulsi

Lebanese-Austrian photographer Tanya Traboulsi is back with a solo exhibition at Art Factum Gallery in Beirut (Qarantina), until April 11. The present series "illustrates the different facets that represent home while simultaneously observing the affiliation to time, space, people and memory". Tanya's new exhibition os accompanied by a monograph published by Triton.
Everything you have to know is here!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Beirut Book | Book signing in Brussels

I love Brussels, I love its book fair. I'm part of it for the third time, after "Quiet Days in Beirut" (Riveneuve, 2009) and "Wiretapping Beirut" (Amers, 2011). And now for "The Beirut Book" (Tamyras, 2014).

If you missed yesterday's book signing, you'll get a second chance today (February 28). I'll be at the Foire du livre at 4pm (booth 402), and tomorrow on air, hosted by Eddy Caekelberghs on La Première at 6pm. In the meantime, I'll be around, having a delicious Chimay Bleue, eating either some waffles or some Belgian fries, meeting some friends.

Enjoying this lovely city.

Friday, November 21, 2014

961 T-Shirts now available on Zazzle!

 961 T-Shirts on Zazzle

A few weeks ago, Beirut Prints teased you with some T-Shirts. They are now available online on Zazzle!

Four categories for now, on American Apparel high quality T-Shirts. You can pick the one you like.
1/ 961 for Men
Official designs come only in navy blue.
2/ 961 for Women
Official designs come only in navy blue.
3/ Digits 0 from 31
A lovely idea for a birthday gift! You can also ask for any number, let us know here, we will add it to our Zazzle shop!
Fully customizable, men, women, children, long sleeves, sleeveless, any color you like...
4/ Funny
Such as Beirut's Princess, Beirut's Fruit... More to come!
Fully customizable, men, women, children, long sleeves, sleeveless, any color you like...

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Beirut Book | Help Needed

It's been a while since I lost any hope into finding a local solution to my problem... I mean a Lebanese one. I'm looking for someone or some factory able to produce enameled iron signs, such as the blue ones we can see at every street corner in Beirut. I mean real iron, not thin tin-plate. And real enamel, not some tacky paint.

I've made a lot of research in Beirut, asked a lot of people for the past 10 months. Once I found a shop in Furn el-Hayek. The guy there told me that he did produce, a long time ago, the buildings number (as those I used during the countdown before The Beirut Book launching). But he only can "cook" small pieces in his oven, like 15cm high. But I need something much bigger (60cm max). A few days ago I talked to a Lebanese architect who was looking for something similar. He was deadlocked too on this issue, and has finally decided to look for a solution in Greece.

Today, I've found a small shop in Paris (picture above). I have to go back there tomorrow morning. But I feel bad about it. For years, in all the projects I managed in Beirut, I've sticked to my principles: always find local providers, always keep any project 100% local, always prioritize Lebanese manufacturers.

So... I need some help. My question is quite simple: can any of you give me a hint about someone or some place in Beirut who can do the job?

The Beirut Book | Jewel in the Palace

6.30 in the morning. Looking for the jewels of a lady. Gold and silver on The Beirut Book. Simply shiny.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Beirut Book | 1,750kg

The Beirut Book. Official weight: 1,750kg. A few days ago, I wondered why my luggage was so heavy before flying to Paris. I know why now. I had four of these.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Beirut Book | Everything You Always Wanted to Know About It* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

 Everything about The Beirut Book
As you may know (specially after weeks of harassment on social networks, sorry for that), "The Beirut Book" is out!

On Beirut Prints' website, you will find everything you have to know about this project...

> The Concept of The Beirut Book
A Selection of 28 spreads taken from the book
All the Reviews (Press, TV, Blogs)
The People behind the book
All the specifications of the book
The Press Contact
And, maybe the most important of all things, the best way to be delivered, wherever you are!

Just click on the cover on your left...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Beirut Book | Now available online

Three days after its launching at the Beirut Book Fair, "The Beirut Book" is now available online through AntoineOnLine's website. Worldwide delivery!

 Worldwide delivery

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Beirut Book | Final countdown

"The Beirut Book" by David Hury will be launched on November 2, 2014. See you at the Beirut Book Fair (Tamyras Booth, G2) at 6.30pm. More info here.
1 Day to D-Day now.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet The Beirut Book People | Layal Mroue

Role: Arabic proofreader

I met Layal in Beirut during one of the famous tea ceremony at Yasmeen’s. Which was somehow funny as my own daughters’ names are Layal and Yasmine. Layal works as a translator and her name popped up naturally when I needed some proofreading for the Arabic sentences. She was as picky as I desperately wanted (and as I am myself), finding missing shaddehs or suggesting proper caesurea. Without her intervention, "The Beirut Book" would not have been as neat as I had in mind. That’s a fact.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet The Beirut Book people | Mich Dan

Role: Arabic proofreader

I met Micho through a very good friend we have in common. He is the kind of gentle guy you have the chance to meet once in a while, always ready to help. After getting Celine’s work, he came to my place to explain the minor modifications I had to make on "The Beirut Book". And for that matter, we spent a night to listen to Lebanese songs, to check their lyrics online. Micho loves his culture and all the popular Lebanese songs. And I, I respect his roots as I love his spirit. That’s a fact.

The Beirut Book | Limited edition T-shirts

As you may know already, Beirut Prints and Tamyras will launch David Hury's new title very soon, "The Beirut Book". So, here's an idea: why not launch some limited edition T-shirts at the same time? Many designs available, all on navy blue cotton. Got you interested? Let us know.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meet The Beirut Book People | Yasmeen Kharrat

Role: Translator and Russian editor

I met Yasmeen a few years ago in Beirut. My best (Lebanese, not Canadian) friend introduced her to me as his sweety. She turned to be a passionate person and an talented translator. In 2011, she managed the translation of my second book, "Beyrouth sur écoute / Wiretapping Beirut" (Amers Editions). Then, I had no doubt to ask her for some translation and copy editing in Russian to complete "The Beirut Book". She moved back to Kiev last February and I miss her very very much. That’s a fact.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meet The Beirut Book People | Eileen Khatchadourian

Role: Armenian editor

I met Eileen last June in Beirut (thanks to Valérie Nehmé by the way), after posting on Facebook asking for someone able to write/edit/create in Armenian. Eileen happens to be a talented Armenian singer and composer. So I asked for her help to compose… sentences in Armenian. We met a couple of times, she told me stories about her people and one day, she came to my place with some books. Books from Armenians authors I’ve never heard about. Of course. We picked some sentences together, she gave her father some phone calls just to be sure of some words’ meaning. Without her help, "The Beirut Book" would not have been complete. That’s a fact.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Meet The Beirut Book People | Celine Khairallah

Role: Arabic editor & Arabic font designer

I met Celine last November in London. We were both part of a design exhibition at the Graffik Gallery. I did not know her but when I discovered her work, I was charmed. By the refinement of Scene Beirut's designs, and by her brand's manifesto. Back to Beirut a few weeks later, I was pleased to buy a couple of pouffes from her collection. Finally, last spring, I asked her to pick sentences from songs or books in Arabic and to create a font specially for "The Beirut Book". And she did an amazing job. That’s a fact.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Meet The Beirut Book People | Tania Hadjithomas Mehanna

Role: Publisher

I met Tania a long long time ago in Beirut. In 2000 if I’m correct. She worked as a freelance journalist for the weekly Magazine where I spent 6 years as the sub-editor. She was the kind of girl to have one hundred ideas per hour during our editorial conferences. Since then, she founded Tamyras, one of the most active publishing houses in Beirut. Last year at the Beirut Book Fair, she wrote something on Beirut Prints’ wall: "Beyrouth n’est pas impossible." That’s a fact. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Beirut Book | Work in progress

Autumn smells good in Beirut. Beirut Prints is proud to announce David Hury's fourth book, soon to be published by Tamyras, a Beiruti publishing house managed by Tania Hadjithomas Mehanna. Production is under way at 53Dots Dar el-Kotob printing house, color correction and proof reading will soon lead to the final step: printing and binding the book.

So, what's "The Beirut Book" about anyway? Twelve months ago, David managed a booth at the Beirut Book Fair, here in Beirut, asking people to write a few words about their city. 

David's foreword says it all:
The Beirut Book was born from a series of illustrations inspired by the enamelled blue name plates found at the corner of Beirutís streets, and created by Beirut Prints, a collective of photographers formed three years ago. Initially, these illustrations relied on a simple principle: twist the phrasing of well-known quotations to include the word "Beirut". The very first one was inspired by the U2 song "Where the Streets Have No Name". An observation that turned out to be false since the streets of Beirut actually have names even when its inhabitants are rarely aware of them. Later, this phrase spawned others, 
all drawn from the language of Shakespeare and pop culture: "Star Wars", Nirvana, "Aliens", Orwell...
A few weeks later, in fall 2013, the idea was reimagined as an interactive activity during the book fair "Salon du livre francophone de Beyrouth". (...) 
Visitors of the book fair were able to try their hand at the exercise. They wrote what they wished about the city. In ten days, more than three hundred people had taken part in the game. Lebanese visitors, foreigners, authors. Swedes, Frenchmen, Afghans and Lebanese. A Goncourt winner. A Renaudot winner, and other eminent figures. And later more "penmen" such as composers, photographers, filmmakers, a prime minister, an ambassador... In this book, everyone has been treated equally and identified with a first name and an initial. 
All these words were mixed with those of ordinary passers-by and with those that social media users put up online. And 
naturally, languages followed suit. On the wall plastered with pieces of paper and blue ink, there was English, French and 
Arabic of course, but also Armenian, Croatian, German, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian... This diversity is in Beirutís image. Difficult to faithfully reproduce.
"The Beirut Book" has neither page numbers nor chapters or theme classifications. The pages that follow reflect the way Beirutis (at heart or just stopping over, and whatever their 
origins) perceive their city: chaotic, tender, full of hatred, libertarian, fettered, amorous, sexy, nostalgic, critical, 
unbearable, cynical...
So, stay tuned to know more about "The Beirut Book". We'll soon talk about the people involved in the project.

In the meantime, you can like Beirut Prints Facebook fan page, Tamyras Facebook fan page, or follow David on Instagram or Twitter.

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Etre" de lumière, by Rita Saadé

Starting April 4, Beirut's French Institute (ex-CCF, Damascus Street) will host the first solo exhibition of the Lebanese photographer Rita SaadéLast January, she was awarded the second prize in the framework of the PhotoMed Festival.
In "Etre" de lumière, she will present four different beautiful B&W series (Someone is out there, Etre de lumière, Home and A la recherche d'une enfance perdue). See you there!

More info here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Vente Fugace by Engram

Dear collectors, this short message is for you! Pass by Furn el-Hayek tonight for Engram's "Vente fugace" where Joanna Andraos and Caroline Tabet share their beautiful work. Click here to know more.