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From the 14th-cen­tury scholar Ibn Bat­tuta to con­tem­po­rary novelist Ta­har Ben Jel­loun, Tang­ier’s home­grown lit­er­ary pedi­gree is im­pres­sive. The city has also drawn an un­usu­ally il­lus­tri­ous list of ex­pat writ­ers, in­clud­ing Paul and Jane Bowles, Jean Genet, Wil­liam S. Bur­roughs, Tru­man Capote, and Sa­muel Beck­ett. Since 1949, the heart of the lit­er­ary scene has been a book­store,

Li­brairie des Colonnes ( li­, which hosts fre­quent read­ings and events. The newer Les In­so­lites ( lesin­so­lites­tanger) has a smaller se­lec­tion of books but it dou­bles as an

art gallery and charm­ing café that serves lunch.

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