Harry Tzalas was born and educated in Alexandria. In 1956, he emigrated with his family to Brazil before settling in Greece. He is the founder and president of the Hellenic Institute for Ancient and Medieval Alexandrian Studies, based in Athens. Anna Boghiguian is one of Egypt's foremost contemporary artists. She has illustrated editions of Constantine Cavafy and Gluseppe Ungaretti. She lives in Cairo and Montreal. She is the author of Anna's Egypt: An Artist's Journey (AUC Press, 2003).