The Casablanca International Book Fair 2018 is set be hosted in the Moroccan capital from February 8-18, 2018. This year the guest of honour country is Egypt.
The annual Casablanca International Book Fair brings together hundreds of publishers from all over the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The book fair is not only an opportunity for publishers to market their books, it is also a large forum for cultures to openly discuss and debate publishing works on current issues and events.
This year the fair, which is in its 24 edition, will have Egypt as the festival guest of honour; it follows Morocco’s participation at the Cairo international Book Fair 2017 as its guest of honour. There will be many Egyptian writers and scholars taking part. This year the festival will focus on Gamal el-Ghitani an Egyptian author of historical and political novels and cultural and political commentaries and was the editor-in-chief of the literary periodical Akhbar Al-Adab (“Cultural News”) till 2011. He would go on to pass away on October 18, 2015. Also from Egypt, outside the Guest of Honor delegation, are the translators Salah Hilal and Amina Al-Masri, film critic Amir Al-Amri and writer Waleed Alaeddin.
In addition to the Moroccan names or the Egyptian names you can also expect the participation of the poet Ghayath Al Madhoun and the novelist Ibrahim Nasrallah and the critic Abdulrahman Bseiso, the researcher Mohammed Diab Abu Saleh and Najah Bakirat, head of manuscripts at Al Aqsa Mosque and researcher Khalil Tufakji, Director of Maps Department at Orient House in Jerusalem, Palestine, Saudi Prize-winning novelist Mohammed Hassan Alwan, Omani poet Hassan Al Matrooshi, London-based Iraqi poet Fawzi Karim, novelist Kamal Dawood Poet Harzallah Bouzid of Algeria, Lebanese novelist Ali Nassar, poet and critic Issa Makhlouf, Mauritanian researcher Si Ahmed Ould El Amir, and Jordanian writer Rasha Khatib.
The poet and director of the Horizons Institution Nuri al-Jarrah, critic Khaldoun al-Shamaa, novelist Mufeed Najm, plastic artist Asim al-Basha and novelist Tayseer Khalaf are also present from Syria. Outside the Arab world, the exhibition recognizes the participation of poet Khawad, winner of the International Poetry Prize, Senegalese poet Amado Amin Sal, and Chinese translator Zheng Cheng.
The total number of Moroccan, Arab and foreign writers who participate in the cultural program prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Communication exceeds 300 participants.