According to The Bookseller, American University in Cairo Press and Bookstores is looking for a new director.
"In these thirty years, Hewison has done perhaps more than any other individual to shape the corpus of Arabic literature in English translation."
"I was approached by a young man smelling of soap—he seemed to me to have just had a bath and shaved—and gripping a long-barreled shotgun of local manufacture in his two clean hands."
"From historical epics, social satire, police procedurals and stories of the future Middle East: we will publish the exciting and the unexpected."
Al Masry Al Youm TV recently interviewed American University in Cairo Press (AUCP) Associate Director Neil Hewison about how US-Egyptian relations influence the press, the press's 10-year plan, his thoughts on al-Sisi, and more.
There are several interesting books in the American University in Cairo Press's fall catalog, including Radwa Ashour's Tantoureya (A Woman from Tantoura), Ezzat al-Kamhawi's Naguib Mahfouz Medal-winning Beyt al-Deeb (House of the Wolf), Farouk Abdel Wahab's final translation, and more.
A version of this ad is set to appear in "The Bookseller" this week.
Writing Egypt, edited by long-time AUC Press employee Aleya Serour, was published last fall. I've only just noticed that it's available for free, as a PDF download from the AUCP website. The collection includes a number of works of literature and criticism, including stories and excerpts by giants such as Taha Hussein, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Yusuf Idris, Naguib Mafhouz; criticism by Samia Mehrez and Ferial Ghazoul; and works by younger authors, such as Hamdi Abu Golayyel and Ahmed Alaidy.
Werner Mark Linz, director of the American University in Cairo Press for more than 25 years, and champion of Arabic literature in translation through good times and bad, died early this morning. Linz had left AUC Press in January of 2012 after nearly 20 years with the publishing house. He died Saturday after a struggle … Continue reading Remembering Long-time AUC Press Director Mark Linz
One complaint I've heard about AUCP titles is that they always come out in hardback and remain so until they sell a certain number of copies. They are -- the very reasonable complaint goes -- thus priced out of the range of many students and other potential readers. Well, according to the AUCP's R. Neil … Continue reading AUC Press Making New Titles More Affordable, Plans for E-Pub in 2013
Thanks to Susannah Tarbush (@starbie99) for the tip. An excerpt from the very short three-minute video interview with Dr. Nigel Fletcher-Jones: There are a couple things which I should be looking at very intently. Firstly, the electronic future: How do we make AUC Press an electronic publisher? How do we make sure that we can … Continue reading Video: Interview with New Director of AUC Press
I am delighted to have discovered that AUC Press also thought that a good way to celebrate the "year of Naguib Mahfouz" would be to put out at least one re-translation of the Nobel Prize-winner's work.