Update 14/09/14

CairoBookStop is expanding!

Many CairoBookStop readers have expressed interest in a forum where they can interact with one another directly. Others have asked where to find local literary events or if they might post information about their events on our site. To help meet both of these needs, we’ve created a Facebook page: Cairo Book Stop / محطة كتب القاهرة.

We hope this page will be a useful forum for all of our readers and a space to pose questions and share information on literary events and happenings in Cairo, such as:

  • events like book-signings, author talks, etc.
  • the opening of a new bookstore or house or of a new branch
  • local book fairs
  • book releases of Arabic lit in Cairo or by Egyptian authors
  • questions about where to find specific titles or genres
  • questions about publishing in Cairo or Egypt
  • competitions for Egyptian writers
  • (local) literary prizes
  • conferences related to Arabic literature
  • and many other topics related to Arabic literature, publishing, and bookselling in Cairo.

Currently CairoBookStop’s Facebook page is open to posts from everyone to help keep it as relevant and up-to-date as possible. Publishing houses, bookstores, and cultural centers in Cairo are welcome and encouraged to post information about their own upcoming events.

CairoBookStop, too, will post news that may be of interest to our readers but lies outside of the scope of our website itself. If we find the page needs more moderation, we’ll step in as needed. We reserve the right to remove any content that is inappropriate, offensive, or off-topic.

We hope you’ll check out our new page! As always, feedback is welcome.

Update 29/08/14

Thank you for your patience over the past few weeks as we sorted through and worked to address the many emails, comments, and suggestions that have come in. Though we’ve been quiet in terms of posting, we’ve been busy behind the scenes.

In case you missed it, CairoBookStop has been getting some attention: Publishing Perspectives’ Olivia Snaije recently wrote a piece on CairoBookStop, and M. Lynx Qualey conducted an interview with us about the site on her blog Arabic Literature (in English).

We’re also happy to report that we’ve been moving on several fronts:

Updated submission form page: Now it’s even easier to submit a recommendation of a house or bookstore that you love and would like to see on CairoBookStop. Even if you’re not affiliated with the publishing house/ bookstore, you are welcome to fill out the form for suggested additions under “Contact.”

We’ve started pages for:

New to the map:

  • Al Kotob Khan (New Maadi and Degla)
  • Al Kotobgeya (Maadi)
  • Al Arabi for Publishing and Distribution (Downtown/ Garden City)
  • Bikya Bookstore (Nasr City and Maadi)
  • A couple more branches for Alef (Maadi, Rehab)

In case you missed them, check out our completed Arabic pages on:

Coming Soon:

  • Al-Balsam Publishing House and Bookstore / دار البلسم للنشر والتوزيع ومكتبة البلسم
  • Books and Books
  • Al-Karma Books / دار الكرمة
  • Kotob we Hagat / مكتبة كتب وحاجات
  • Al-Maadi Used Books

We’re also looking into:

  • Academic Bookshop / المكتبة الأكاديمية
  • Kalila wa Dimna / كليلة ودمنة
  • Volume One

Thank you to all of our readers who contacted us with suggestions for how to incorporate libraries and with other resources on this front. We’ll continue to look into the viability of adding these to our site. As for forums, look for an update in the coming weeks about how we’ll be making use of the forum format for our readers.

Coming Soon

Thank you to everyone who has visited our site! We are grateful for all of the positive and helpful feedback we have received in the form of clicks, likes, follows, submissions of possible additions, and emails with comments, resources, and suggestions. The initial influx of feedback and suggestions has been just what we were hoping for and very much in the spirit of this web-project. Through this kind of collaboration, we hope to expand CairoBookStop and make it a valuable resource.

We are working hard to address all of your comments, and will use this section to keep you informed of what we’re working on and what to look for next on CairoBookStop. For each new publishing house/ bookstore that we add, we’ll start by putting it on the map and providing the basic information. For those houses and stores we interview or can provide more information about, we’ll later add a description to their individual pages. In this way we hope to keep the site as up-to-date and helpful as possible, while ensuring accuracy of information.

Coming soon:

  • Al Kotob Khan (Publishing House & Bookstore)
  • Al Kotobgeya (Bookstore)
  • Bikya (Bookstore)
  • Additional branches of stores for some houses and stores already listed on this site

We are also looking into:

  • Libraries! We’ve had several suggestions/ requests to add libraries to CairoBookStop. We think this is a good suggestion and are looking into the logistics of making this happen. If anyone has suggestions about where to track down a listing of libraries in Cairo or any resources on how the library system works, we’d be grateful for the tips. You may contact us at: cairobookstop [at] gmail [dot] com.
  • A forum for readers, publishers, booksellers: This would be a forum page on our site for readers, publishers, and booksellers to interact directly and would be especially helpful, we hope, for readers to track down specific titles.
  • Balsam Publishing House
  • Al Arabi Publishing and Distributing
  • Al-Maadi Used Books
  • Volume One
  • Books and Books
  • Kalila wa Dimna
  • Used bookstores
  • Local book fairs