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Meaning both “library” and “bookshop” in Arabic, MAKTABA is an artist-run, deeply-rooted space invested in representation and culture.
LIBRAIRIE MAKTABA is an independent bookstore and versatile cultural space located in a heritage building in Montreal’s vibrant Old Port area. MAKTABA is a concept bookshop, carrying a curated selection of English-language books by diverse authors on a variety of subjects, for readers of all ages. Our purpose is to cultivate and share knowledge, inspiration and imagination to the greater Montreal community, with a global virtual reach.
Within MAKTABA is also our in-house boutique, carrying vinyl records, and finely selected merchandise by artist-run brands including Shabab International, Ya Habibi Market and Hassan Hajjaj, as well as our own MAKTABA brand.
MAKTABA is a warm, welcoming space steeped in culture, complete with freshly brewed tea and an inviting floor seating majlis area to enjoy a book and the views of the Old Port. MAKTABA will also host a variety of programming ranging from book launches, readings, screenings, and cultural events with our expansive community.
MAKTABA is the headquarters of our collective, We Are The Medium. Founded in 2013 by Sundus Abdul Hadi and Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman, WATM is a small, independent collective based in Montreal. Our work is intentional, intuitive and fiercely independent. With a birds eye view of industry, and suspended in diaspora, our intention is to give back what we have received from culture.