The Sounder

17 Questions For... Rania Naufal
Profession: Bookseller, Papercup owner, Mum

Age: Depends

Favourite Book? I’m a bookseller, come on, you can’t ask me that!

Best Coffee? First one in the morning (tastes even better in bed, which is a true luxury nowadays).

Hero? My son.

Why do you do what you do? Because I love it. Papercup is as much about the experience of the space, the experience people have when they come in, as the fact that we sell prints. I wanted to create a place where I like to hang out, a home from home. Luckily it seems my customers feel that about Papercup too.

Best meal you've had out in Lebanon? Halabi. Say what you like, but best food we do here is Lebanese food.

Who do you call when you want to have fun? The girls, who else!

Last rebellion? Yesterday.

Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with? MacGyver as we are going to have to be resourceful.

Turning point in your career? Two highpoints. Working in New York for a few years. And opening Papercup. Fulfilment of one dream. Others are now lined up.

Word of advice? Follow your gut and don't listen to anyone else. If I'd taken other people's advice Papercup would not exist. Also, whatever you do, do it with everything you’ve got.

Secret bolthole when you want to get away from it all? My imagination.

Biggest change in publishing over the last decade? Oh wow. Everything has changed through every step of the chain. From the editorial pitch, to the art department, the printer, the sales projections, the positioning, the distribution network, the retailer. Mergers continue to happen, but the independent scene is back on a serious rise. Guess what? Print will never die and I honestly didn’t think it ever would even during the first years of the digital scare back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. The industry needed time to go through the changes, hang in there, adjust and find its balance.

Your drink of choice is? Goes with the company and setting.

Top three authors of all time? See question three above. I couldn’t possibly choose! I can say however that Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity is my nightmare (although I did enjoy it).

Life is…? Interesting…
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