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The Tahrir Book Fair Continues Sunday and Monday

Postby montada » Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:15 am

The Tahrir Book Fair Continues Sunday and Monday

April 2, 2011 Cairo, Egypt - Upon popular demand by the visiting public and the many exhibitors from Egypt and abroad, the Tahrir Book Fair on AUC’s Downtown Campus is being extended through Sunday, April 3, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Monday, April 4, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Tahrir Book Fair, hosted by the AUC Press, was inaugurated by H.E. the Minister of Culture, Dr. Emad Abou Ghazi, on Thursday, March 31.

“We are delighted by the enthusiastic turn-out,” said AUC Press Director Mark Linz. “But we are even more pleased that we are now extending the Fair through Monday, April 4.”

More than one hundred local and foreign exhibitors are participating in the Tahrir Book Fair. Booksellers and publishers including the AUC Press, are featuring new publications and bestsellers and are offering special discounts and bargains. Live music has been sponsored at the Book Fair by the Sawy Culture Wheel in the gardens, featuring bands like Wust el Balad.

On Thursday, March 31, Egyptian AUC Press authors Galal Amin, Samia Mehrez, Hamdi Abu Golayyel, Ahmed Sedky, Hala El Badry, Bahaa Abdelmegid, Heba Handoussa, and M. M. Tawfiq, held an open discussion with moderator Hoda Wasfi on the direction of literature and culture after Egypt’s revolution. A lively reading and workshop for children were also included in the program.

“People are very excited, they want us to organize the Tahrir Book Fair twice a year,” said AUC Press Promotion Manager Nabila Akl. “The visitors love the place, the atmosphere, the activities, and the cheerful organization. Although people were disappointed that the Fair had to close earlier on Friday because of the unrest in Tahrir Square, everyone is now very happy with the extension through Monday afternoon.”

The American University in Cairo Press is recognized as the leading English-language publisher in the region. It currently offers a backlist of more than 1500 publications and publishes annually up to 100 wide-ranging academic and general interest books on ancient and modern Egypt and the Middle East. The AUC Press now also operates 5 full-service international bookstores throughout Cairo, as well as the Margo Veillon Gallery of Modern Egyptian Art, and it supplies the books for the Egyptian Museum Store.
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