Banned Books Welcomed Home


Controversial books once banned in Egypt and Tunisia are starting to appear again in stores.

Cairo’s Tahrir Square, now famous as the site of tense political protests, will soon be the site of a large book fair. “Everyone around the globe now associates Tahrir Square with freedom and revolution,” said one bookstore owner. “We really wanted to do something that celebrates what happened here, and this seems like a great way to do it.”

Jill Haberkern has lived in a one-room house made of tombstones and a farmhouse with a walrus head. She currently lives in Berkeley, California, with neither. Her writing has appeared in the Mid-American Review. More from this author →