CAIRO—Prominent novelists from across the Arab world are attending this year’s Cairo International Book Fair, which has a Greek focus.
The General Egyptian Book Authority, an arm of the Ministry of Culture, invited a number of celebrated Arab novelists to appear on the fair’s discussion panels. Among them are Lebanon’s Hoda Barakat, Ahmed Al-Madini from Morocco, Amir Taj Al-Sir from Sudan, and the Palestinian writer Rabai Al-Madhoun.
On Wednesday Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly officially opened the fair’s 53rd edition without a public audience, as a precaution against Covid-19. The fair opened to the public on Thursday and will run until February 7 at the Egypt International Exhibitions Center, in New Cairo.
The current session has resumed cultural events such as discussion panels and book signings, which had to be halted during last year’s fair, which was delayed until June because of the coronavirus.