Ahmed Naji’s New New Short-story Collection and Other Releases at 2017 Cairo Book Fair

"China will have a bigger booth this year...and has expanded its participation in the fair to an unprecedented extent."

Who Should Travel to the Cairo Book Fair, and Why?

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?

Cairo Book Fair’s Best Novel Award to Taher el-Sharkawy; Fair Extended Through Saturday

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

Cairo International Book Fair Opening Days: Slowly, Slowly

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

Cairo International Book Fair Opens Today, Morsi Won’t Meet Writers

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

2013 Cairo Book Fair: A New Era?

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?