Think books are dead? Take a trip to Mexico City, where a market for
fiction, self-help, and political works is thriving. FP recently spoke
with Mexico-based publishing executive Cristóbal Pera to find out why.
Once a sleepy town on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is now one of the
fastest-growing cities in the world, with a $46 billion GDP and a
population that's nearly doubled in 10 years. But amid fortune-making,
horse-racing, and jet-setting, do the desert city's residents make time
to read? FP spoke with Isobel Abulhoul,
director and co-owner of Magrudy's, a Dubai-based bookstore chain, for
her take on the city's literary scene.
The owner of a 108-year-old, family bookstore in Athens, Sofia
Eleftheroudakis is a keeper of the Greek culture and character. In a
conversation with FP, she discussed
the comeback of the classics, the country's broken school system, and
how the weather affects Europe's reading habits.