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.