Romance, horror novels see highest demand at Book Fair

01 Feb 2017
On the sixth day of the 48th Cairo International Book Fair, visitors, mostly young people, continued to flock to the international arena in Nasr City, focusing primarily on novels, particularly those in the romance and horror genres....

Novelist Alaa al-Aswany receives top prestigious French award for his works

21 Dec 2016
French ambassador to Egypt André Parant on Monday awarded the Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany the "Médaille de chevalier des Arts et Lettres" (the knight medal of Arts and Literature), which is considered one of the highest...

Award-winning photographer's powerful story will soon become a Hollywood film

10 Oct 2016
MacArthur fellow. Pulitzer Prize winner. Hostage. Now Lynsey Addario is going to be Jennifer Lawrence, or rather Jennifer Lawrence is going to be Addario.   The photographer's memoir "It's What I Do: A Photographer's...

What Bible and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' have in common

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28 Sep 2016
It used to be that sex and offensive language were the most frequently cited reasons for attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. And, anything to do with Harry Potter. How times have changed. Books featuring "diverse...

'Marriott Cell' journalist Fahmy publishes memoir of time in Egypt's prison system

23 Sep 2016
Former Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was arrested in 2013 and spent more than 400 days behind bars, is publishing an account of his trial and experiences in the Egyptian prison system. Titled “The Marriott Cell”, the...

Translating 'The Yacoubian Building' into Hebrew stirs controversy

03 Apr 2016
The Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot announced the recent printing of Alaa al-Aswany's "The Yacoubian Building" in Hebrew. The celebrated novel, written by the 58 year old writer and dentist, will now be available in...

Intellectuals to 'burn' literary works in protest at novelist's jail sentence

21 Feb 2016
Authors are planning to “burn” their literary works in protest at the two-year jail sentence handed to author Ahmed Naji on Saturday for publishing a chapter of his novel allegedly containing erotic scenes. The editor-in-chief...

Prominent writer Alaa al-Deeb passes away at 77

19 Feb 2016
Writer Alaa al-Deeb passed away in Maadi Military Hospital on Thursday evening at the age of 77.   The funeral will be held after Friday prayers in Sayyed Aisha mosque.   Deeb was born in 1939 and obtained his bachelor of law...

A good book can change your life

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05 Feb 2016
New research out of the UK has found yet another benefit of picking up a good book, with avid readers likely to feel satisfied with their lives.  The study, conducted by the University of Liverpool's Centre for Research into...

Cairo's esteemed book fair opens January 27

26 Jan 2016
The 2016 Cairo International Book Fair is set to begin on January 27 and run until February 10 under the title "Culture on the Frontlines".    The book fair is symbolic of Cairo's high seat in the Arab world's...