A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

AUC's Substitute Cairo Book Fair

One of the casualties of the Egyptian revolution was the Cairo Annual Book Fair in January. The American University in Cairo Press recently sponsored a substitute fair held (where else?) in Midan al-Tahrir. The BBC offers an encouraging report.

Publishing in the Arab world has notoriously lagged far behind other countries, not least because of censorship; if the Arab spring leads to a new literary springtime, that would be truly encouraging.

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