The Saudi Gazette reported this week that sales of nonfiction (or “works of an intellectual bent”) beat out fiction at this year’s Riyadh book fair, which ran March 1-11.
The January 25 revolution has the potential to create a much brighter world for booksellers. However, in the short term, it also snatched the crumb of the 40th Cairo International Book Fair out of their mouths.
Organizers of the Abu Dhabi-based Middle East Film and ComicCon announced yesterday that the convention—scheduled to be held later this month—would be delayed “with respect for the ongoing circumstances in some parts of the region.”
PalFest organizers announced today that—to raise money for PalFest 2011—they will be holding an auction of donated artworks. The auction will take place at SOAS “Brunei Building” in London on March 31. It’s set to begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 9.
Apparently, these measures were not enough for a group “dozens of young men,” according to AFP, or “more than 500,” according to Al-Arabiya, who descended on the fair late Wednesday night, denouncing books and harassing women. They were alleged to have been members of the PVPV, although the commission denies it.
The Muscat International Book Fair—one of the region’s largest—kicked off earlier this week, and is set to run through March 4.
As recently as a few days ago, there seemed to be a possibility that the 43rd Cairo International Book Fair might yet open this month. The fair was originally scheduled to begin on Jan. 26 at the Cairo International Conference Center, and then was postponed to the 29th following organizational difficulties.
The Ministry of Culture announced yesterday that the start of the 43rd Cairo International Book Fair would be pushed back from the 26th of January to the 29th.
Cairo’s fifth annual novel conference opened this Sunday at the Opera House. And the city’s book fair will begin on Jan. 26, 2010 at the rather nice Cairo International Convention Center in Nasr City, and is set to run until the 6th of Feb.
Yes, if any photographers want to give me tips, I’m happy to hear them.
But, while book fairs in the UAE’s Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah have made international headlines, little has been said about the Doha International Book Fair, underway now.
Sharjah’s 2010 book fair came to a close last night, with The National suggesting it might be the fair’s biggest year yet for attendance.