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The Tahrir Book Fair

Spring is here, and in the spirit of the political effervescence budding in Egypt, the American University in Cairo Press is hosting The Tahrir Book Fair in the gardens and grounds of AUC’s Downtown Campus on Tahrir Square, from Thursday, March 31, to Sunday, April 3, 2011. This is an initiative born out of the momentum of the Egyptian revolution.


The AUC Press has always strongly believed in the cultural and intellectual significance of the Cairo International Book Fair which was recently cancelled. We hope the Tahrir Book Fair will give book publishers, readers, intellectuals, scholars, students, and artists, an opportunity to debate and discuss changing times and new book ideas.

The Tahrir Book Fair will be inaugurated on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am by H.E. the Minister of Culture Dr. Emad Abou Ghazi and will be followed by a press conference and a tour of the Book Fair grounds. At 11:00 am, a seminar for Egyptian authors about the impact of the Egyptian revolution on freedom of expression will be held in Oriental Hall.

Some one hundred local and foreign exhibitors, including the AUC Press, will participate in the four-day event, featuring hundreds of new publications, open discussions with authors, publishers, teachers, and librarians, numerous book signings, and a children’s workshop. In addition to special offers, the book publishers and book sellers will also be offering bargains, discounts, gift-books, bestsellers, and textbooks in English, Arabic, and other languages.

The AUC Press will be highlighting its latest books, including Galal Amin’s much-anticipated Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak, 1981−2011, Alaa Al Aswany's On the State of Egypt: A Novelist's Provocative Reflections, the new AUC Press Tahrir Anniversary Calendar 2011−2012, and featuring a select list of over 100 current affairs publications on Egypt and the Middle East.

The fair’s closing celebrations, poetry reading, and musical entertainment on Sunday, April 3, will begin at 5:00 pm in Ewart Memorial Hall.

We invite you to browse the complete program online and look forward to seeing you at the first Tahrir Book Fair.

Mark Linz
The American University in Cairo Press

Cairo − New York

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