Jeff, Cameron and I went to the Tahrir Book Fair at the downtown campus of American University in Cairo (AUC) today. It was a fun event with many bookstore vendors, people selling crafts and bands playing. There was even a section with booths for embassies. I noticed the U.S. Embassy had a booth with publications on display.
Here's a link to an announcement about the Book Fair.
(The information at this link says the Fair ends today, Sunday, but we heard the event had been extended by one day, ending Monday instead.)
|AUC's downtown campus, viewed from outside.|
|Entering the campus.|
Here's a short video of part of the fair.
Here's a link to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBLehiVcpfs
|I'm guessing there were about 20 different booksellers at the fair selling new and used books.|
|Here are a few of the tables selling art and jewelry.|
A second store we like a lot is a little used bookstore set back from the road not far from the Sadayek Maadi metro station, also on Road 9 (on the opposite side of the street from the metro). Below is a photo of the owner of that bookstore with his family; a photo of his table of books is below this. If anyone would like to visit his bookstore or find a book through him, his mobile number is (002) 019 77 45 933, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Quiet corner of AUC's downtown campus.|
If anyone reading this blog in Cairo is interested in going to the Tahrir Book Fair, you have today and tomorrow to get there, 10am-6pm. The entrance to the campus is about 100 yards from the Sadat Metro station, across from the McDonald's on that side street leading to Tahrir Square.
Here's a link to a newspaper article about the Book Fair: http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/382692
As it reports, an ID is required to enter the AUC campus, but the Book Fair is open to the public so anyone can go. Admission is free.