Morocco World News
Fez, March 9, 2012
The 9th edition of the Alexandrina International Book Fair will be held from March 20 to April 3 at the Egyptian city, Alexandria. This year’s guest of honor will be the Moroccan book.
Last year, the January 25 Egyptian revolution and its successive events led to the abolition of all the cultural events in Egypt, including the Cairo International Book Fair and Alexandrina International Book Fair.
Publishing houses from the Arab world and Europe will have the chance to exhibit their latest editions to eager readers who have waited two years for the book fair that is considered as an annual intellectual and cultural celebration.
Morocco was chosen last year as a guest of honor but the 25th January Egyptian revolution forced the organizers to cancel that edition, however, they extended for this year their choice of the Moroccan book.
Khaled Azab, Media Director at the Library of Alexandria, explains the choice of Morocco, saying, “The reason behind the choice of this year’s guest of honor, Morocco, are the cultural ties between the city of Alexandria and Morocco in which several neighborhoods and many inhabitants of the city are of Moroccan descent who are still holding on to their Moroccan culture and traditions.”
“Within the framework of the cultural cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco, the Library of Alexandria has consistently hosted many Moroccan thinkers and writers,” he continued.
The Library of Alexandria has already hosted many intellectual gatherings, seminars and conferences where Moroccan intellectuals and authors have been invited, honored, and presented to their Middle-Eastern audiences, such as Abdelhadi Tazi, Abdelhak Azzouzi, Ahmed Chaouki Benbin, and Abdelkader al-Idrissi.
This year’s edition of the Alexandrina International Book Fair will involve many activities that include readings of some of the published works from 2010-2012.