FP's new section, The Early Read, will highlight upcoming new
books with big ideas. In this inaugural edition, we examine a few picks
from the reliable crop of books about the future that appears every new
year. These take a slightly longer view, with bold forecasts for the
next century: which brewing conflicts will erupt into wars, which
states will dominate, and what it will mean to live in a completely
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.