World Bulletin / News Desk
The 42nd International Cairo Book Fair will finish on Wednesday at the Fair Grounds in Nasr City.
The international fair which was launched in January 28 features the cream of literary and cultural talent from the region and beyond.
Around 31 countries took part in this year’s book fair, including 16 Arab and 15 foreign countries, with Russia as the guest of honor and Denmark, Poland and Kazakhstan participating for the first time, according to officials.
The fair attracts over 2 million Arab and regional intellectuals, leading writers, cultural performers and book and culture lovers from around the region.
Despite the financial crisis, the number of participating publishers has reached 800 according to Al-MAsry Al-Youm.
"Russia is guest of honor"
Russia is guest of honour, with its rich cultural heritage and literary tradition.
Seminars related to the cultural relationship between Russia, Egypt and the Arab world as well as the latest trends in the Russian literary scene also were held during the Cairo book fair.
This year the book fair hosts several exhibitions, including a caricature exhibition, a High Dam photos exhibition commemorating the dam's 50th anniversary in collaboration with Russia, an exhibition of Suez Canal paintings and documents on the occasion of the canal's 140th anniversary, and a documentary exhibition about Jerusalem.
Moreover, there will be poetry evenings with readings and discussions of the works of poets from different generations. The fair will focus on international and regional cultural issues, such as translation, publishing and intellectual property rights.
Libyan author conflict
Beside all the cultural events there as an unexpected move by Egyptian authorities when the security forces raided the prestigious international fair.
The book from Libya, “The Leader is cutting his hair,” has been taken by Egyptian security forces in the raid, local newspapers reported. All copies of the book have been taken and it is unclear what action will be taken against the publisher.
Author Idris Ali, is a Nubian writer who lived in Libya in the late 1970s, Bikya Masr said.