"China will have a bigger booth this year...and has expanded its participation in the fair to an unprecedented extent."
"[P]rograms were so difficult to find...that an employee at the press center handed me one like contraband, saying: “Don’t show this to anyone.”
" An extra gate was opened to the public on Feb. 7 to accommodate the high level of interest in this year’s fair, with entry lines at the main gate on prior days long enough that, on some occasions, it could take visitors up to thirty minutes or even an hour to purchase a ticket and get past security."
Since their launch and expansion, the two big big book fairs in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have attracted the most attention from non-Arab publishers. But Cairo is now attempting to throw its hat into the ring with the city's first-ever professional program.
As it closed last Wednesday, the Cairo International Book Fair handed out its award. Unfortunately for this year's winners, this year's prize has become not for its winning books, but for its secrecy and strange decisions.
There have been highlights (the launch of the new e-book store Kotobi.Com) and lowlights (detained journalists Fras Shamsan and Firas Mohamed) at this year's Cairo International Book Fair.
Next month -- on January 22, 2014 -- the Cairo International Book Fair is set to open as usual, although it will be two days longer than originally planned and without Turkey's official involvement. General Egyptian Books Organization (GEBO) director Ahmed Megahed said at a recent news conference that organizeres are introducing a new award and expecting stability.
This was the first year that Pieter Steinz, director of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, and Maarten Valken, head of the foundation’s translation department, visited the Cairo International Book Fair: Many Arab publishers bewail the state of the massive Cairo book fair. Although the fair, now in it's 44th year, doesn’t always look so shiny … Continue reading Who Should Travel to the Cairo Book Fair, and Why?
Although the Cairo International Book Fair has been extended until Feb. 9, in hopes that publishers can make up for lost sales, the fair nonetheless held its closing ceremony Tuesday and awarded 10 book prizes in 10 categories: novels, short stories, poetry, colloquial poetry, arts, sciences, humanities, political books, heritage, and children's books. There was … Continue reading Cairo Book Fair’s Best Novel Award to Taher el-Sharkawy; Fair Extended Through Saturday
The first half-day of the Cairo International Book Fair, Wednesday, was almost empty of visitors, Ahram Online reported. The second was also slow to its feet, according to ArabLit's Elisabeth Jaquette: Jaquette said that the talks that she had planned to attend were delayed for several hours, such that she had to leave before catching them. (Partial … Continue reading Cairo International Book Fair Opening Days: Slowly, Slowly
The Cairo International Book Fair is set to open at 10 a.m. today, inaugurated by Pres. Mohammad Morsi, with the country still unsettled by train accidents, home collapses, and with a possible verdict in the Port Said football massacre looming. Prior to 2011, it was Hosni Mubarak's tradition to open the fair by holding a … Continue reading Cairo International Book Fair Opens Today, Morsi Won’t Meet Writers
The poster is different this year-- although the images on the Cairo International Book Fair website remain the same -- and officials at the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) told Ahram Online that the "poster does not reflect a new strategy or orientation exactly, but suggests that writers are looking forward to a new era." Thus far, … Continue reading 2013 Cairo Book Fair: A New Era?