Tahrir Book Fair Closes Early Friday

The Tahrir book fair---which experienced disappointing sales on its first day---closed early today because of the demonstrations.

Forthcoming this Spring from AUC Press

The American University in Cairo (AUC) Press has released its Spring 2011 catalog, with a cover celebrating the Tahrir revolution. There are several interesting new fictional titles on tap:

Coming in 2010 from AUC Press: The Recommended and Not-as-recommended

The Animists, Ibrahim al-Koni. February 2010. I think al-Koni's Bleeding of the Stone is brilliant, a book of international standing, with things to tell us about Libya's Tuareg people, about humanity, about our (changing) natural world. And I see beautiful moments in his other works in English: Anubis, Gold Dust, Seven Veils of Seth. They … Continue reading Coming in 2010 from AUC Press: The Recommended and Not-as-recommended

Happy 50th, AUC Press

Gamal Nkrumah at Al Ahram Weekly looks at the press's first 50 years. It's interesting, but, outside the Naguib Mahfouz phenomenon, the impact of AUC Press's literary translations is little-examined. Apparently, their "big hitting" books are mostly the social scientific/archaeological. (And Al-Aswany, of course.) The piece's author, Nkrumah, hails the AUC Press staff: "They may … Continue reading Happy 50th, AUC Press