The Tahrir book fair—which experienced disappointing sales on its first day—closed early today because of the demonstrations.
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.
“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.