FBF Follow up

Over at Egypt Today, Manal el-Jesri revisits last November’s Frankfurt Book Fair, where the Arab world was the guest of honor, and asks:

Did we expect too much from a five-day event? More importantly: Did we arm ourselves with the needed tools? Yes to the first, no to the second.

El-Jesri discusses coverage in German vs. Arab media, the poor efforts by publishers to sell their books’ rights to European presses, and the lack of content diversity in the Arab Publishers’ offerings. But the fair was not a lost opportunity, he says, and there is still time to act before the next edition.

You can read other recaps and articles about the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair in Moorishgirl’s archives.