Algiers International Book Fair Promises Virtual Substitute

SILA, which is one of Algeria's main literary events, is traditionally held each year at the end of October and beginning of November.

IPAF Longlistee Samir Kacimi, on the Evolution of the Algerian Novel

"So, to make up for lost time, I took out the doors and I painted them on the balcony. To make sure they would dry, I left them there and went to sleep, until I was awakened by my four-year-old son who was in a panic and was screaming that all the doors had disappeared. It is the horror I saw in his eyes and in the eyes of my wife that the idea of writing about a city with no doors grew in my mind."