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The 49th edition of Cairo International Book Fair will take place from January 27 to February 10, 2018, at the International Exhibition Centre in Nasr City. The 2018 fair will be held under the theme ‘Soft Powers… How?’ in reference to the influential role that literature, art and media can play in countering all forms of extremism and violence.

The fair’s Organising Committee announced Algeria as Guest of Honour for next year’s edition and Egyptian poet, writer and intellectual Abdul Rahman Al Sharqawi as the fair’s Personality of the year. The fair will celebrate the 30th anniversary of writer Naguib Mahfouz’s win of the Nobel Prize and the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser. It will also commemorate the passing of 120 years since the birth of renowned Egyptian writer Tawfiq Al Hakim.