Kawon in Madaba: More Than Just a Bookstore

Published August 6th, 2021 - 08:03 GMT

Kawon Bookstore, which started out as a shop on wheels before settling down in a 150-year-old building in 2019, sits on the edge of Madaba’s historic district. 

Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space in Madaba, has been promoting the reading culture.

When it was first launched, it was the first and only bookstore in town. Now some of the stationary stores have begun to sell books, and some businesses deliver locally, but Kawon (universe) has found its niche, not just selling books but operating a café and becoming a community gathering place. 

The bookshop offers travelers and locals something different, attracting bibliophiles who used to come straight from the airport before the pandemic, according to Ghaith. Others sometimes stay for an art residency.

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Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space in Madaba, has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016.

Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space in Madaba, has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016. (Instagram)

These places are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers.

These places are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers. (Instagram)

Welcome to the very first bookshop in Madaba

Welcome to the very first bookshop in Madaba (Instagram)

Bookshop in Madaba

Bookshop in Madaba (Instagram)

Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space

Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space (Instagram)

It was the first and only bookstore in town

It was the first and only bookstore in town (Instagram)

The bookshop offers travelers and locals something different

The bookshop offers travelers and locals something different (Instagram)

Kawon has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016.

Kawon has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016. (Instagram)

Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space in Madaba, has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016.
These places are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers.
Welcome to the very first bookshop in Madaba
Bookshop in Madaba
Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space
It was the first and only bookstore in town
The bookshop offers travelers and locals something different
Kawon has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016.
Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space in Madaba, has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016.
Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space in Madaba, has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016. (Instagram)
These places are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers.
These places are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers. (Instagram)
Welcome to the very first bookshop in Madaba
Welcome to the very first bookshop in Madaba (Instagram)
Bookshop in Madaba
Bookshop in Madaba (Instagram)
Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space
Kawon, a socially active bookstore and a cultural space (Instagram)
It was the first and only bookstore in town
It was the first and only bookstore in town (Instagram)
The bookshop offers travelers and locals something different
The bookshop offers travelers and locals something different (Instagram)
Kawon has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016.
Kawon has been promoting the reading culture since its start as an initiative of selling books on the streets since 2016. (Instagram)

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