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Mosul Eye said they have collected about 10,000 books so far — the group aims to collect 200,000 books for the reopening of the library. Many of them have been shipped to and collected in the city of Irbil, where a team of volunteers are labeling and sorting them.
In the US, the Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project, a nonprofit based in Minnesota, has been collecting books and donations to cover the shipping costs. In Europe, a small Marseille-based NGO called Entraide et Coopération en Méditerranée — Solidarity and Cooperation in the Mediterranean — has pledged to ship 20 tonnes of books in a container.
“Wouldn’t it be fun for him to have a cameo in season two of The Handmaid’s Tale?” Atwood suggests. “I’ll drop that notion into the ear of Bruce Miller, the showrunner, and see what he can do with that, because of course the show is filmed in Toronto. Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?”
Scotland may be the home of Hogwarts and the place where author JK Rowling wrote her epic serial of wizardry and magic. But only this year will its wee bairns get the chance to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Scots, 20 years after it was first published.