” An extra gate was opened to the public on Feb. 7 to accommodate the high level of interest in this year’s fair, with entry lines at the main gate on prior days long enough that, on some occasions, it could take visitors up to thirty minutes or even an hour to purchase a ticket and get past security.”
Cairo Book Fair
Since their launch and expansion, the two big big book fairs in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have attracted the most attention from non-Arab publishers. But Cairo is now attempting to throw its hat into the ring with the city’s first-ever professional program.
As it closed last Wednesday, the Cairo International Book Fair handed out its award. Unfortunately for this year’s winners, this year’s prize has become not for its winning books, but for its secrecy and strange decisions.
Detained Journalists, Launch of Kotobi.Com, and Other Scenes from the 2014 Cairo International Book Fair
There have been highlights (the launch of the new e-book store Kotobi.Com) and lowlights (detained journalists Fras Shamsan and Firas Mohamed) at this year’s Cairo International Book Fair.
Next month — on January 22, 2014 — the Cairo International Book Fair is set to open as usual, although it will be two days longer than originally planned and without Turkey’s official involvement. General Egyptian Books Organization (GEBO) director Ahmed Megahed said at a recent news conference that organizeres are introducing a new award and expecting stability.
This was the first year that Pieter Steinz, director of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, and Maarten Valken, head of the foundation’s translation department, visited the Cairo International Book Fair: Many Arab publishers bewail the state of the massive Cairo… Read More ›
Although the Cairo International Book Fair has been extended until Feb. 9, in hopes that publishers can make up for lost sales, the fair nonetheless held its closing ceremony Tuesday and awarded 10 book prizes in 10 categories: novels, short… Read More ›
The first half-day of the Cairo International Book Fair, Wednesday, was almost empty of visitors, Ahram Online reported. The second was also slow to its feet, according to ArabLit’s Elisabeth Jaquette: Jaquette said that the talks that she had planned to attend… Read More ›
The Cairo International Book Fair is set to open at 10 a.m. today, inaugurated by Pres. Mohammad Morsi, with the country still unsettled by train accidents, home collapses, and with a possible verdict in the Port Said football massacre looming…. Read More ›
As I roamed the aisles of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) last week, I had to doff my hat in recognition of the seamless, intelligent, highly air-conditioned event they had assembled with its many wonderful writers, illustrators, tech folks, administrators, and publishers. But I couldn’t doff it too far. First, I was cold. Second, I was always thinking of Cairo.
Yesterday, I roamed the grounds of the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) with photographer Yasmine Perni; insha’allah the fruits of our visit will be available soon on the Egypt Independent. The one place where I took my own photos was at… Read More ›