Writing Egypt, edited by long-time AUC Press employee Aleya Serour, was published last fall. I’ve only just noticed that it’s available for free, as a PDF download from the AUCP website. The collection includes a number of works of literature and criticism, including stories and excerpts by giants such as Taha Hussein, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Yusuf Idris, Naguib Mafhouz; criticism by Samia Mehrez and Ferial Ghazoul; and works by younger authors, such as Hamdi Abu Golayyel and Ahmed Alaidy.
Werner Mark Linz, director of the American University in Cairo Press for more than 25 years, and champion of Arabic literature in translation through good times and bad, died early this morning. Linz had left AUC Press in January of… Read More ›
One complaint I’ve heard about AUCP titles is that they always come out in hardback and remain so until they sell a certain number of copies. They are — the very reasonable complaint goes — thus priced out of the… Read More ›
Thanks to Susannah Tarbush (@starbie99) for the tip. An excerpt from the very short three-minute video interview with Dr. Nigel Fletcher-Jones: There are a couple things which I should be looking at very intently. Firstly, the electronic future: How do… Read More ›
Forthcoming This Fall from AUC Press: Re-Translation of Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley, a Former First Lady’s Memoir, More
I am delighted to have discovered that AUC Press also thought that a good way to celebrate the “year of Naguib Mahfouz” would be to put out at least one re-translation of the Nobel Prize-winner’s work.
The Tahrir book fair—which experienced disappointing sales on its first day—closed early today because of the demonstrations.
The American University in Cairo (AUC) Press has released its Spring 2011 catalog, with a cover celebrating the Tahrir revolution. There are several interesting new fictional titles on tap:
In his introduction to Final Night, translator Denys Johnson-Davies notes that, “Although she has lived in Egypt for the past twenty years and was a frequent traveler to Europe in her youth, Buthaina al-Nasiri is very much an Iraqi writer….”
“Temporary” Minister of Culture Zahi Hawass (yes, Zahi Hawass) has said that the 43rd Cairo International Book Fair may yet run in May, following fairs in Riyadh, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. Meanwhile, AUC Press announced that they were organizing an alternative “Tahrir Book Fair” at the downtown campus.
Oxford University Press has asked AUC Press’s R. Neil Hewison to update them on the situation in Cairo.
Welcome to the year (before the year) of Naguib Mahfouz!
Tonight, AUC Press will celebrate the life and writings of Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz by presenting the annual Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.