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The Maya Ghannoum Project

* The Maya Ghannoum Project *

The goal of the Maya Ghannoum Project, started in 2007, is to support young writers, poets, illustrators and comic book artists by helping to produce and publish their work.

Publication Database

release date: August 10, 2008   Samandal Comics Magazine Issue 2   Lena Merhej, Omar Khouri, Cynthia Merhej, Fouad R. Mezher, Serge Manouguian, Flab, Mazen Kerbej, Huda Terki, Christophe Katrib, Isabelle Boinot, Barrack Rima, Andy Warner
release date: March 28, 2008   Samandal Comics Magazine Issue 1   the fdz, Hatem Imam, Mazen Kerbej, Elyse Tabet, Fouad R Mezher, Omar Khouri, Lena Merhej, Farah Nehme, Barrack Rima, Isabelle Boinot, Andy Warner
release date: Sept 14, 2007   Samandal Comics Magazine Issue 0   the fdz, Hatem Imam, Fouad R Mezher, Omar Khouri, Lena Merhej, Isabelle Boinot, Flab, Schlob, and Los Quedos
release date: Sept 8, 2007   More Light Than Death Could Bear   Hind Shoufani
original release date: July 21, 2006 (cancelled due to war)

current release date: September 17, 2007
  Shu Tabkha Ya Mara   Edited by Zena el Khalil

The books can be purchased at most major book stores in Beirut (including CD Theque, Antoine, Video Chico, House on Mars, Elissar, Khayat, Way In and Bargain Books)

About Maya Ghannoum

Maya Ghannoum (January 26, 1976 - October 26, 2006)

Apart from being a children's writer, copywriter and gourmet cook, Maya Ghannoum was also one of the founding forces behind xanadu*. Believing that art and literature can make positive differences in the world, Maya generously invested her time, passion and energy into xanadu*, as well as other art and literature projects.

In January 2006, soon after her 30th birthday, Maya was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive type of small cell ovarian cancer. She was a fighter until the very end and was the center of positive energy for all those around her. Though her body eventually gave in to the disease, her spirits were never touched by it. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

It was Maya's dream to be able to live, work and publish in Beirut. Now, through her beautiful spirit and in her name, we are making it possible for other young writers and artists to publish their work.

Sara Goes to Lebanon
and My House Beyond the Skies are some of Maya's stories for children.



* a beautiful place