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Mark Muehlhaeusler
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Cairo International Book Fair (46th) / معرض القاهرة الدولي للكتاب (الدورة 46)
In Cairo, the bibliophile's year begins at the end of January, when the annual Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) opens. This year's fair is the 46th, and the event is (yes, still) one of the major events on the cultural calendar of the Arab world's most ...

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Madbouli Bookshop / مكتبة مدبولي
Madbuli Bookstore,  Talaat Harb Square, in 2014. Image: MPM, CC-BY In the age of online bookstores (and of various pirate distributors), it has become remarkably easy to gain access to books. So easy, in fact, that one forgets how difficult it was, in Cairo...

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L'Orientaliste, or, for the love of books
In my student days, a reproduction of R.B. Kitaj's painting " The Orientalist " accompanied me to my various lodgings. I admired the style of painting, which is somewhat reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, and though of the subject matter as an ironic...

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The Library Experts Group are organizing a round table discussion on "Foreign and International Libraries in Egypt : a Bridge for Cultural Interchange". The event will be held on Tuesday, October 14th, from 11am to 1pm, at Bayt al-Sinnary. Entry is free. 

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A virtually unknown Palestinian BD / سلسلة شبه مجهولة من القصص المصورة القلسطينية
As I was browsing the shelves of my favourite second-hand bookseller in Maadi (more about them in another post), I stumbled across a series of Palestinian BD's, entitled al-Rumāh al-ṣighār / الرماة الصغار ('The Little Slingshooters'). These works are of con...

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Leila Books / مكتبة ليلى
Leila Books is a secret. It has no shopfront, and indeed no shop in the traditional sense. There is no indication of its presence anywhere in Qasr al-Nil street, or even in the entrance of the building that also houses the Embassy of the Central African Rep...

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Public Image Project @ Cairo
Street art in Maadi, Cairo. One of my images. Can you share a better one? Join PIP @ Cairo ! This post is not related to books, but to artistic creation in the wider sense. To be precise: photography, and how to share it. I was looking for decent images of ...

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Where to find German books in Cairo ...

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