Radarami

As a small and complex language, there has been little interest by international publishers to translate books into Georgian. As a consequence in the last twenty years translations into Georgian have been only within a few concentrated areas of interest and, if commercially available at all, are expensive. At the same time, Georgia's broadcast media has only modest and generally low quality international coverage. All of this leads to four dangerous trends in Georgian society: 1. Many in Georgia, particularly the overwhelming majority who are not fluent in English and can't afford much Internet time do not in fact know much about the conversations and motivations of the rest of the ...
Mar 13, 2015

Radarami Update - March 2014

Dear friends, 

Before getting down to business, I'd like to thank those who gave to Radarami during the Holidays. We raised over $1600 and look forward to spending it in our continued quest to spread the global conversation throughout Georgia. I hope all our seasonal donors are enjoying their "Thank You" gifts. 

And now to business...

In mid-December, as promised and anticipated, we printed 2000 copies of Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. A simply massive effort of time, resources, and support by you, our dear donors, and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. We kicked off spreading the word (and the book) in late December with a Bloodlands Book Launch at the Literature Museum in Tbilisi. A short, well-attended presentation was followed by distributing 150 books and the beginnings of what has turned into a very active and ongoing discussion. 

In January, Bloodlands was distributed to over 100 locations around Georgia, including Abkhazia. The bookstores we partner with quickly sold out, which pushed Bloodlands to the No. 1 bestseller for the Laterna Bookstore Chain.

In February, we traveled to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin, to give a presentation at the Stalin Museum, which turned out to be one of the most lively discussion events we're ever had. Because of the book and the locale, we received a very large amount of media coverage, which continued to spread the word about Radarami and increase demand for Bloodlands. 

In March, we're heading out to the regions -- Batumi, Ozurgeti, and Kutaisi -- to get books and stoke the discussion about Stalin and the world at large. Given the high demand and level of conversation for Bloodlands since its publication, we're excited to get it into the hands of some of our most active readers and hear what they're talking about.

No. 15 in the Read & Connect Series: Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers will be published in late March/the beginning of April. This book looks deeply into the global waste industry, capitalism, and garbage and we're grateful for funding through the US Embassy’s Book Translation Project and by your donations for this topically relevant book. 

Radarami will continue to spread the global conversation in Georgia one book and one reader at a time as we move forward 2015. It's hard to believe that we're about to publish No. 15 in the Read & Connect Series. Stay tuned for more exciting developments at Radarami. If you have any other questions or comments, please email brian@radarami.org.

Thank you again for your generous support.

 

Best wishes,

The Radarami Team

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Mar 3, 2015

Radarami Update - March 2014

Dear friends, 

Before getting down to business, I'd like to thank those who gave to Radarami during the Holidays. We raised over $1600 and look forward to spending it in our continued quest to spread the global conversation throughout Georgia. I hope all our seasonal donors are enjoying their "Thank You" gifts. 

And now to business...

In mid-December, as promised and anticipated, we printed 2000 copies of Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. A simply massive effort of time, resources, and support by you, our dear donors, and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. We kicked off spreading the word (and the book) in late December with a Bloodlands Book Launch at the Literature Museum in Tbilisi. A short, well-attended presentation was followed by distributing 150 books and the beginnings of what has turned into a very active and ongoing discussion. 

In January, Bloodlands was distributed to over 100 locations around Georgia, including Abkhazia. The bookstores we partner with quickly sold out, which pushed Bloodlands to the No. 1 bestseller for the Laterna Bookstore Chain.

In February, we traveled to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin, to give a presentation at the Stalin Museum, which turned out to be one of the most lively discussion events we're ever had. Because of the book and the locale, we received a very large amount of media coverage, which continued to spread the word about Radarami and increase demand for Bloodlands. 

In March, we're heading out to the regions -- Batumi, Ozurgeti, and Kutaisi -- to get books and stoke the discussion about Stalin and the world at large. Given the high demand and level of conversation for Bloodlands since its publication, we're excited to get it into the hands of some of our most active readers and hear what they're talking about.

No. 15 in the Read & Connect Series: Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers will be published in late March/the beginning of April. This book looks deeply into the global waste industry, capitalism, and garbage and we're grateful for funding through the US Embassy’s Book Translation Project and by your donations for this topically relevant book. 

Radarami will continue to spread the global conversation in Georgia one book and one reader at a time as we move forward 2015. It's hard to believe that we're about to publish No. 15 in the Read & Connect Series. Stay tuned for more exciting developments at Radarami. If you have any other questions or comments, please email brian@radarami.org.

Thank you again for your generous support.

 

Best wishes,

The Radarami Team

Links:

Dec 9, 2014

Radarami Update - November 2014

Dear friends, 

It has been a truly exciting few months here in Tbilisi. Before getting to updates, however, Radarami would first like to plug a little thing called “The Holidays.”

‘Tis the season, and as such, we’d like to give a little something back. As you may or may not have heard, we've come up with a few small, but deeply heartful gifts we'd like to give back as our little way of saying “Thank you” for your support.

And don't forget: these make great gifts for friends and family interested in the work you've supported in Georgia. 

Donation - Our Gift to you

$10 - $30 - A thank-you postcard

$30 - $75 - A postcard plus a Radarami 2015 calendar

$75 - $150 - All the above, plus a Radarami 2015 desk calendar

$150 - $300 - All the above, plus a personal letter and picture from a Radarami reader in Georgian and English

$300 - $500 - All the above, plus a Radarami tote bag*

More than $500 - All the above, plus we’ll include your name in English and Georgian in our next publication’s Special Thanks To section

*Tote bags won’t arrive until after New Years as one of our trans-Atlantic supporters has agreed to include them with his luggage on his US-bound flight home for the holidays.

 The donations made through the end of the year end will go towards:

  1. No. 15 in the Read & Connect Series: Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers. Translation has already begun on this look into the global waste industry, capitalism, and garbage. We look forward publishing this work, funded by the US Embassy’s Book Translation Project and by your donations in late-Spring 2015.
  2. 2nd printings of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz and Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Yes, we’re almost out of copies and demand is still high.

And now to the news...saving the best for last...

With much energy, patience, elbow-grease, and the help of OSGF and you, our generous supporters, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah, and The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement by David Graeber, Nos. 12 & 13 in the Read & Connect Series, are printed and distributed to readers throughout Georgia.

In mid-September, we loaded up a van full of fresh copies of Honor Code, and headed west. Neither storms nor floods nor fog nor flat tires nor the lack of physical roads could hold us back from Honor Code presentations and lively discussions on the role of morality, ethics, and honor in societies in Ozurgeti, Batumi, and Shuakhevi. We also covered new territory, delivering books to Khulo and the Adjaran high villages.

For Democracy Project, we set our sights even higher, venturing out in early November to Zugdidi where we joined longtime readers and supporters at the Central Library for discussion and cake before heading up to Svaneti for a event in Mestia’s City Hall where teachers from 10 villages were introduced to Radarami and received in total over 300 books. We wrapped the trip up in Kutaisi with what ended up being a lively debate on democracy and governance.

And the news that we’ve all been waiting to hear: Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin is being printed at the time of this  writing. A massive effort made possible by too many people to name, we’re thrilled to at last see No. 14 in the series released out into Georgia. A huge feat, and our thanks go out to the Heinrich Böll Foundation and as always to you, our global network of supporters. We look forward to heading out into rural Georgia in January and February to stoke the flames of this important book. 

As Radarami seeks innovative ways to reach curious Georgian audiences, we have launched the trial version of  online radio station called “RadioRami”, with technical support through OSGD/SIDA’s MicroWav.FM innitiative. Through this platform, we will be able to air recordings of Radarami events, interviews, public lectures, and other Georgian language content focused on the global conversation to new and wider audiences. Right now, we're streaming contemporary classical music from 9 am - 9 pm Tbilisi time, but in the next weeks, we'll be adding Georgian language content focusing on Radarami books and the global conversation. To take a listen, click here

Radarami will continue to spread the global conversation in Georgia one book and one reader at a time as we move into 2015. Stay tuned for more exciting developments at Radarami. If you have any other questions or comments, please email brian@radarami.org.

Thank you again for your generous support.

 

Best wishes,

The Radarami Team

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