As promised, here is the first report of our big book launch party on May 30, 2012 in Benghazi.
We have yet to receive the official report of the Book Launch in Benghazi, but we have received many informal reports, and photos are beginning to arrive. We have printed here some extracts from some of the messages we have received.
“First of all, congratulations for all the people who made this awesome book It was very successful & perfect launch Party … Honestly I did not expect that the party will be that good, I can’t explain how much the people [were filled with] joy to see the book …”
“The book launch ceremony was wonderful. There were photographers, Masoud played his guitar and sang. There were speeches in Arabic and English and video presentations … This is Libya, so of course there was food. A relative of Mehdi Zew expressed his appreciation of your efforts. Many people shed tears, there were smiles all around, many of the authors received standing ovations and everyone was thrilled to get their copy of the book. I already have a waiting list to read my copy.”
“Today I went to Dawa Islamiyah building for the party. Really it was a great party. Nice people and nice work, also the book is very, very, very interesting … so I’m glad I got the invitation and I’m glad I was part of this book.”
“People from the corridor and employees in Dawa (the security and the others) entered inside when they heard the music and applause … [A friend] told me that her husband told her that men were crying … all the memories from the first days came back … All of us on the stage were standing most of the time … to honour the authors of the stories … as you know most of them are real heroes.”
We’ll upload more images to this gallery page soon.