Kuwait, 1 November, 2012 – In an event supported by Starbucks and organised by the Diwan Book Club in collaboration with the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, more than 600 book lovers swapped 4,309 books over a four day period to refresh their private libraries and make shelf space for purchases from the upcoming Kuwait International Book Fair.
Held at the Abdul-Aziz Hussain library in Mishref, the book exchange was also aimed at encouraging people to read and express their opinions in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The Diwan Book Club, Kuwait’s finest, has been working toward expanding its member base and promoting its goals to empower and educate through literature and cultural forums with the help of local writers, artists and other cultural organisations. Its efforts have been met with recognition and support from society and government bodies, which gives it more incentive to succeed in its endeavours.
“The Diwan Book Club started off as a small project that grew to become the most recognised book club in Kuwait due to the loyalty of its members and its dedication to preserving Kuwaiti literature and culture,” said Yousef Khalifa, the club’s president. “With the support of our key partners such as Starbucks and the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters, we have been able to bring people together to broaden their knowledge of the literary world in a comfortable, happy environment.”
Rana Shaheen, regional CSR and communications manager at Starbucks MENA region, said: “In the three years since it was founded, the Diwan Book Club has succeeded in inspiring hundreds of readers across Kuwait. It continues to work tirelessly to educate its members by introducing them to local talents, cultural organisations and forums, and showcasing the many facets of our rich Arab culture.”
Shaheen said Starbucks is dedicated to supporting the local community in partnership with passionate local partners such as the Diwan Book Club. “The long-term partnership with the club underlines Starbucks’ commitment to highlighting the rich Kuwaiti culture, literature, and heritage. It is a relationship we aim to maintain for many years to come.”
Residents over 18 years of age are invited to join the Diwan Book Club for free by registering online at www.diwanbooksclub.com.