Egypt’s Second City Hosting Its Book Fair

Published March 29, 2013 by Yassmin Elnazer

Arabic Literature (in English)

After a two-year hiatus, the Alexandria International Book Fair is back for its ninth edition:

8-3-Alex-book-fairThe fair, organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Egyptian Publishers Association, opened on March 23 and is set to run until April 7.

The fair, which according to its press information is hosting 130 publishers and dozens of events, will be nowhere near as large as the Cairo exhibition. But its organization and location — in the Biblioteca Alexandrina — could eventually create a different sort of literary event.

According to Nermeen Hegazi, writing in Your Middle East, the Alexandria fair retains the traditional staple: books for sale. Stall owners in the Soor al-Azbakeya used-book area hail from both Cairo and Alexandria, with many coming over from Alexandria’s core Nabi Daniel Street market.

But the fair is also hosting a number of publishers from Egypt, other Arab countries, and also from Europe. Morocco is…

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