The Tahrir book fair---which experienced disappointing sales on its first day---closed early today because of the demonstrations.
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:
In his introduction to Final Night, translator Denys Johnson-Davies notes that, "Although she has lived in Egypt for the past twenty years and was a frequent traveler to Europe in her youth, Buthaina al-Nasiri is very much an Iraqi writer...."
"Temporary" Minister of Culture Zahi Hawass (yes, Zahi Hawass) has said that the 43rd Cairo International Book Fair may yet run in May, following fairs in Riyadh, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. Meanwhile, AUC Press announced that they were organizing an alternative "Tahrir Book Fair" at the downtown campus.
Oxford University Press has asked AUC Press's R. Neil Hewison to update them on the situation in Cairo.
Welcome to the year (before the year) of Naguib Mahfouz!
Tonight, AUC Press will celebrate the life and writings of Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz by presenting the annual Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.
AUC Press just released their fall catalog. In the world of Arabic Literature (in English), this is the equivalent of (major designer X) releasing their fall line. Hmm, apparently I'm fresh out of analogies today. Anyhow! What I'm looking forward to: Re:Viewing Egypt. In the tradition of Cairo from Edge to Edge (from Sonallah Ibrahim … Continue reading Highlights from the AUC Press Fall 2010 Catalog
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
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