52nd Cairo Book Fair sees highest attendance in the world during pandemic of 1 million visitors


The 52nd edition of the Cairo International Book Fair concluded its activities last Thursday, having received more than one million visitors.

The event set a world record as the first during the pandemic to be attended by so many.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture and managed by the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO), the fair took place from June 30 to July 15 at the Egyptian International Exhibition Center (EIEC) in New Cairo.

In order to ensure the safety of visitors and exhibitors, strict precautionary measures were applied throughout the event, in line with the Egyptian government’s efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

A grand ceremony in honor of the winners of the 52nd Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) Prize was also held as part of the fair program. The winners also participated in a round table which highlighted their literary and cultural achievements.

The best-selling books were also announced for this year’s edition. Regarding the publications of the Cultural Development Fund and the General Authority of Cultural Palaces, the best-selling books included publications such as: Oqadem lake; Al Kitab Al Awal; the Al haweya series; the Al Zakhaer series; and Rawaee ‘Al Masrah El Aalami.

Meanwhile, the best-selling books at the National Translation Center were: Al Yahood Fi El Imbratoreya El Othmaneya; Tareekh El Arab Wi Al Aalam; Tareekh Oroba Fi El Asr El Hadeth; Herodotus Yathadath Aan Masr; Hikayat Min Shakespeare; and Tareekh Al Seraa Bain Elm Wa Al Lahoot Fi Al Masiheya.

The best-selling books from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina were: Kimyaa ‘Al Saada; Khodair Al Boursaïdi; Moagam Al Mostalahat Al Athareya; Tagged El Khetab Al Deny; Al Logha Al Masreya Al Qadema; Al Younaneyen Wa Benaa ‘Masr Al Haditha; and Antoine Barthélémy Clot.

In addition, there were many best-selling books from private publishing houses, such as Al Shorouk Publishing House which had 13 best-selling books, including: Loukandet Beir Al Wataweet by Ahmed Morad; Hikayet Farah by Ezzedine Choukri Fishere; Be Refqet Aaisha, Waqee ‘Arabiya, and Tabib Aryaf by Mohamed Al Mansy Qandel; Tholatheyet Ghernata by Radwa Ashour; Awlad Haretna by Naguib Mahfouz; 40 by Ahmed El Shoukir; Zakar Sharqy Monqared by Dr Mohamed Taha; Hazr Nashr by Haitham Dabour; Yahood Misr Fi Al Qarn El 20 by Mohamed Abo Al Ghar; Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq; and Banat El Basha by Noura Nagui.

Meanwhile, Al Karma Publishers’ best-selling books were: Regal Marg Dabiq and Hikayat Min Daftar El Watan by Salah Eissa; El Ahood by Margret Atwod; Al Mawloda by Nadia Kamel; Al Asaf Wa Al Raihan by Mohamed Salmawi; Habiba and Kont Sabeyan Fi El Sabeinat by Mahmoud Abdel Shakour; Abnaa Houra by Abdel Rahim Kamal; El Hograt by Sherin Samy; Zee’b Wahid by Ibrahim Ahmed Eissa; Baad Ma Yenamo El Eyal by Omar Taher; Kol El Shohor Youlio by Ibrahim Eissa; and Ozmaa Fi Tofolthom by Mohamed Al Mansi Qandel.

Al Kotob Khan Publishing House reported that its best-selling books were: Adel Essmat’s Ganazet Al Sayeda Al Baidaa, Al Wassaya, and Makhawef Nihayet El Omr; that of Yasser Abdel Latif Mosem Al Awqat Al Aalya; Iman Mirsal Fi Athar Enayat Al Zayat; that of Ahmed El Shafie Lemaza La Tazraa ‘Shagara; and that of Mohamed Ismail My Hadath Fi Shengen, Fernando Pessoa .. Madhosh Abdan, and Morambi.

The list of best-selling books also included: Awraq Shamoun Al Masry by Oussama Abdel Raouf; Khawla Hamdy’s Ghorbet El Yasmin and Yasmin Al Awda; in addition to several outings by Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq, Nabil Farouk and Youssef Zidan.


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