Neil Hewison — AUC Press Editor


Neil Hewison: Shaping a Body of Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

In October 2017, R. Neil Hewison will retire from his position as Associate Director for Editorial Programs for American University in Cairo Press, after more than thirty years working at the publishing house:

Hewison—an author, translator, publisher, and educator—helped steer the press’s development from its early years through ever-shifting landscapes: from floppy disks to ebooks, through major and minor political events. In these thirty years, Hewison has done perhaps more than any other individual to shape the corpus of Arabic literature in English translation.

Launched in 1960, AUC Press was reorganized in 1984. From then, the press took its uncontested place as the most prolific publisher of Arabic literature in translation. Through nearly all of those years, Hewison has been at the center of the press’s decisions on who and what to translate.

“Without Neil Hewison, the AUC Press would not have become the pioneer publisher of Arabic fiction in English translation,” said multi-award-winning translator Humphrey Davies. “He was, to my knowledge, the only member of the press’s management with the language skills, love of literature in general and of Arabic literature in particular, and taste needed to make this happen.”

Hewison was born in Yorkshire, Eng­land, and, after studying linguis­tics at York University, he chose to join Voluntary Service Overseas. As Hewison said in a 2015 interview with The Arab Weekly, he’d expected put his two years of Swahili to good use.

Instead, he was sent to teach Eng­lish in a secondary college in Fay­oum, Egypt.

While there, Hewison began learning Arabic and writing a seminal book on area, The Fayoum: History and Guide. In 1982, Hewison moved up to Cairo, where he taught English for four years and finished up his Fayoum book, originally published by AUC Press in 1984. Two years after publishing his book, Hewison joined the press.

“Everything Egypt!” Books at AUC Press Bookstore

Everything Egypt! at the AUC Bookstore Tahrir! “Ancient Egypt Coloring Book” and “Egypt’s Wildlife, Past & Present “made it to the new display wall!

AUC Press Fall 2017 Catalogue featuring New Color Book from Dominique Navarro, “Tutankhamun”

AUC Press Fall 2017 Catalogue

Click to access AUCPressFall2017.pdf

Amazon Reviews for “Ancient Egypt; An Artist’s Coloring Book”!


Thanks to everyone who posted a review of Ancient Egypt; An Artist’s Coloring Book on Amazon! The reviews are wonderful and so greatly appreciated.

Here are some of the reviews posted on Amazon’s US, UK, and European websites.

From US website:

From UK website:

From German website:

Susan’s post with her finished colored image is so wonderful, I’ve included the translation from German and her finished artwork:


I like the Egyptian story very much I have decided for this [book]… I like it very much. Each picture has an English-language text. Thus I learned e.g. That the pictured image is called “Tomb of the Vines”. I then entered it at Google and found an image of the original. So it was easier for me to feel the colors. The sides are printed on both sides, but have a very pleasant strength and take up the color very well without pushing through. The right side of a double page is always printed in black, while the left side is printed in a lighter gray, so that this page can also be colored, but it should be made in a lighter tone to make it look like a kind of water drawing. I like it very much and I am already curious how I will color the other sides.

Patricia wrote:

Really nice

A great “coloring book” for adults. Very nice motifs plus short Infotexte (English) make this “coloring book” really to something special. I would purchase it again.”

MORE than just a color book for adults and children of all ages to enjoy, Ancient Egypt; An Artist’s Coloring Book describes ancient Egypt color theory, including the history of primary colors in the Egyptian palette, their meaning and symbolism, to inspire your own artistic coloring choices.

You can buy Ancient Egypt; An Artist’s Coloring Book from AUC Press Bookstores or online at the following vendors:



















AUC Press Nature Foldouts (still) at The Bowers Museum Gift Store!

Returned to the Bowers Museum in Orange County to attend an ARCE lecture and was overjoyed to see the Nature Foldouts still on display in the Museum Gift Store!

Getty Museum Villa Store Carrying “Ancient Egypt; An Artist’s Coloring Book”


Pleasure trip to the Getty Villa in Malibu, California, today brought an absolute surprise when I discovered the Museum Store selling Ancient Egypt; An Artist’s Coloring Book! What an honor!

(Thanks to my sister for the photo!)

The collection and changing exhibitions at the Getty Villa offer 7,000 years of ancient art, from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire.

The Getty Villa houses the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection of approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Over 1,200 works are on view in 23 galleries devoted to the permanent collection, with five additional galleries for changing exhibitions.

With objects dating from 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 400, the collection contains monumental sculptures as well as artifacts of everyday life.

The Getty Villa is modeled after a first-century Roman country house, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy.

The building was constructed in the early 1970s by architects who worked closely with J. Paul Getty to develop the interior and exterior details.

Buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, much of the Villa dei Papiri remains unexcavated. Therefore, architects based many of the Museum’s architectural and landscaping details on elements from other ancient Roman houses in the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.

Gardens are integral to the setting of the Getty Villa, as they were in the ancient Roman home, and include herbs and shrubs inspired by those grown in ancient Roman homes for food and ceremony.


5th Upper Egypt International Art Salon, 2017

I had the honor of participating in the 5th Upper Egypt International Art Salon, 2017, at the Faculty of Fine Arts, South Valley University, Luxor. One of my paintings hung in the show, and I was invited to be on the selection committee:

Portrait of Abdu, 2016, by Dominique Navarro

My certificate for participating:


“Ancient Egypt: An Artist’s Coloring Book” in the TOP 3 BESTSELLERS of AUC PRESS!!!


Fantastic news!!!
Ancient Egypt: An Artist’s Coloring Book made the TOP 3 BESTSELLERS of AUC PRESS!!! Now that is a great way to end the year!


Theban Mapping Project Library, Luxor, Egypt — Donation of “Egypt’s Wildlife; Past and Present” in English and Arabic


Kent Weeks’ Theban Mapping Project appreciates donations to their local library in Egypt. So I gave them the AUC Press Nature Foldouts a few years ago.

Here’s Kent posing with the foldouts (photo credit Jane Akshar, thanks Jane!)


And I just gave them copies of the newest books “Egypt’s Wildlife; Past & Present.”


The Theban Mapping Project library is utilized by the local school children, so books in Arabic are greatly appreciated.


The Theban Mapping Project A.U.C. Library also needed a map, so I made one! Click to get the pdf versions and print yours, then come to the library in Luxor, Egypt, for a visit!Map Color

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