New Book: Beirut – New York

This is the story of how my upcoming book “Beirut – New York” came to be.

maya zankoul new book announcement: beirut - new york

From Beirut to New York

Last summer, I took a vacation and traveled from Beirut to New York City. While the trip provided a much needed time out, the blow of coming back to everyday life in Beirut weighed on me.

My post-vacation blues got me wondering what makes certain cities more desirable than others.

Unexpectedly, I started noticing similarities between these highly incompatible cities: Beirut and New York City. Some elements that we are willing to travel across the world to experience are present right here, yet somehow we devalue them or forget about them.

Unlikely similarities

After deliberation, the list of similarities grew longer. Next thing I knew, I was turning these ideas into illustrations.

Beirut – New York is a series of 40 unlikely similarities between Beirut and New York, illustrated.

It will take you on a journey of comparisons between two unique, beautiful, and incompatible cities that have more in common than meets the eye.

Beirut – New York, the book

Beirut - New York book cover options

I’m currently putting the finishing touches to the book, which should go to print next week! I’ll be sharing details very soon about the book launching event.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of the book cover options I’m considering. What do you think?

In other news, I’m finally launching my online shop! That’s where you’ll be able to find prints, books, and more. Be the first to know when it launches by adding your email here:

Talk to you soon!

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