"On one recent afternoon, al-Moussawi drove to an upscale neighborhood and parked at a mall near the University of Baghdad. There the clientele was mainly students, so he put out textbooks, novels and poetry in different languages, and celebrity biographies."
Bookstores in North America seem to be undergoing tough times: closing down, battling online sales, dreading e-books.
In a generally depressing article in Al Masry Al Youm about the few Cairenes who are targeted by the new bookstore boom (those "who can afford to shop for expensive Arabic and foreign books while sipping a cappuccino and savoring a marble cake"), I found this exciting gem: But as competition is getting harsher in Cairo, [Diwan co-founder Hind] Wassef and some of her counterparts are contemplating searching for new markets outside the capital city and targeting readers with thinner wallets.
I'm currently reading Orhan Pamuk's gorgeous Museum of Innocence (in English). I've taken it out from the library, thank goodness, so I was a little stunned when I flipped the book and saw that someone had paid 190LE for the tome. (And then, el hamdulallah, they donated it to a library.) This whopping 190LE is … Continue reading Egypt’s Most Expensive Book