Cairo book fair closes with record for turnout, sales: official
Book lovers crowd to the Cairo International Book Fair 2016

CAIRO: The 47th edition of Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF,) which concluded Wednesday, has recorded 30 percent higher turnout compared to last year’s, President of the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) Haitham Haj Ali was quoted by the state news agency MENA.

“Over three million bibliophiles had visited the fair this year compared to two million in the 2015 edition, which represents a record turnout. Sales at the fair also rose a robust 180 percent over last year which reflects a notable increase in the public awareness on the importance of reading,” said Ali.

Many stalls were popular among visitors, particularly those that showcased children’s books, science and technology, healthy living, food and history, he added.

During the fair’s closing ceremony which was attended by Culture Minister Helmy al Namnam Wednesday, “Gymnasium” for Mai Khaled was awarded the best novel in 2015 while the best short story award for 2015 went to novelist Osama Rayan for his “Zaleka al Makan al Akher,” translates “That other place.”

More than 850 publishers from 34 Arab and non-Arab countries participated in this year’s fair which opened in Jan. 27. It was dedicated to honor Egypt’s renowned novelist Gamal al Ghitany who passed away in October 2015.

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