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...
Jan 13, 2017

Radarami Update January 2017

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Radarami's 17th Book's Launch in Kutaisi

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year 2017 to you all!  It has been almost 5 years since Radarami published its very first book in our Read & Connect series. And to the date, we already have 17 high quality book translations available for Georgian audience, with number 18th and 19th coming soon. We also would like to draw your attention to the fact that in 2016 Georgian alphabet was added to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage and this makes our mission even more significant. Let’s take a quick look at the figures from Radarami, before we dive into the stories from the last three month.

Radarami Fast Facts:

  • Books Printed – 51,800 copies
  • Books Distributed to bookstores, libraries, organizations – 41,948 copies
  • Book Events – 83 gatherings, including book launches, discussions, debates etc.
  • People who attended Radarami events – 3500  
  • Free books distributed at Radarami book events – 5500 copies

All this was made possible with generous support from you! Thank you once again!

And now to the news: we had a successful book release tour in November for our 18th book, environmentalist Bill McKibben’s Oil and Honey, that was distributed along with the reprint of our very first book “Fast Forward” by William Antholis And Strobe Talbott.  Radarami team, with a young activist, Tamta Khelaia, traveled to nine different cities in the regions of Georgia. The timing could hardly have been better, as conversation swirled around topics ranging from the Dakota Access Pipeline and associated Standing Rock protests in America to fresh environmental concerns and controversial hydroelectric plants here in Georgia.  We distributed over 2000 copies of the book right away to more than 150 places, including libraries, bookstores, book cafes and community centers.

Back to Tbilisi, Radarami team responded to the high interest from the Tbilisi State University students, and organized presentation of the Mckibben’s book in the 6th building of the university, that was occupied by the student movement ‘Auditorium #115’. ‘Auditorium 115’ has called for reforms to be made in the education system, for the abolition of student self-government and for support mechanisms to prevent students who are unable to pay their student fees. Many of them were deeply touched by the activism described in the book, and Bill’s personal story provoked a meaningful discussion on what really makes us to stand up and protest for various causes.

Later in December, Radarami with Frontline Georgia Club hosted panel discussion: ‘Russian Propaganda - a Challenge for The Modern World' with participation of Peter Pomerantsev - British journalist, writer and the author of our upcoming book “Nothing is true and Everything is Possible”. Other main speakers were Tamar  Kintsurashvili, Media Development Foundation’s Chairwoman and Nino Danelia,  professor at Ilia State University; the panel discussion was moderated by Natalia Antelava - BBC Journalist and Founder of the media platform "Coda Story". The discussion sparked stimulating questions from the audience of around 40 people.  The sneak-peeks of Peter Pomerantsev’s "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia” were also available at the event. The book will be published in January 2017 with partial support from Open Society Georgia Foundation.

Another book that we are excited to publish soon is “Lean In: Women, Work and Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, we are patiently waiting to receive the final manuscript, that is being customized for Georgian context in author’s Head office, California.

We know that there are many more thought-provoking books that Georgian audience awaits for and we are eager to translate and share.

On the final note, anyone who donates more than 30$ this month, will receive Radarami 2017 Calendar as a  hearty gift from us! We’re wishing you all the best from Tbilisi, where the holidays aren’t quite over yet – so whether or not your calendar calls for it, have a very happy Old New Year this Saturday, and an amazing 2017 to come!

With Kindest Regards,

The Radarami Team

Book discussion with Auditorium #115
Book discussion with Auditorium #115
Book Presentation at Grandpa Shaqro
Book Presentation at Grandpa Shaqro's Bookstore
Book Discussion at Telavi Central Library
Book Discussion at Telavi Central Library
The panel-discussion about the Russian Propaganda
The panel-discussion about the Russian Propaganda
Jan 13, 2017

Radarami Update January 2017

Radarami
Radarami's 17th Book's Launch in Kutaisi

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year 2017 to you all!  It has been almost 5 years since Radarami published its very first book in our Read & Connect series. And to the date, we already have 17 high quality book translations available for Georgian audience, with number 18th and 19th coming soon. We also would like to draw your attention to the fact that in 2016 Georgian alphabet was added to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage and this makes our mission even more significant. Let’s take a quick look at the figures from Radarami, before we dive into the stories from the last three month.

Radarami Fast Facts:

  • Books Printed – 51,800 copies
  • Books Distributed to bookstores, libraries, organizations – 41,948 copies
  • Book Events – 83 gatherings, including book launches, discussions, debates etc.
  • People who attended Radarami events – 3500  
  • Free books distributed at Radarami book events – 5500 copies

All this was made possible with generous support from you! Thank you once again!

And now to the news: we had a successful book release tour in November for our 18th book, environmentalist Bill McKibben’s Oil and Honey, that was distributed along with the reprint of our very first book “Fast Forward” by William Antholis And Strobe Talbott.  Radarami team, with a young activist, Tamta Khelaia, traveled to nine different cities in the regions of Georgia. The timing could hardly have been better, as conversation swirled around topics ranging from the Dakota Access Pipeline and associated Standing Rock protests in America to fresh environmental concerns and controversial hydroelectric plants here in Georgia.  We distributed over 2000 copies of the book right away to more than 150 places, including libraries, bookstores, book cafes and community centers.

Back to Tbilisi, Radarami team responded to the high interest from the Tbilisi State University students, and organized presentation of the Mckibben’s book in the 6th building of the university, that was occupied by the student movement ‘Auditorium #115’. ‘Auditorium 115’ has called for reforms to be made in the education system, for the abolition of student self-government and for support mechanisms to prevent students who are unable to pay their student fees. Many of them were deeply touched by the activism described in the book, and Bill’s personal story provoked a meaningful discussion on what really makes us to stand up and protest for various causes.

Later in December, Radarami with Frontline Georgia Club hosted panel discussion: ‘Russian Propaganda - a Challenge for The Modern World' with participation of Peter Pomerantsev - British journalist, writer and the author of our upcoming book “Nothing is true and Everything is Possible”. Other main speakers were Tamar  Kintsurashvili, Media Development Foundation’s Chairwoman and Nino Danelia,  professor at Ilia State University; the panel discussion was moderated by Natalia Antelava - BBC Journalist and Founder of the media platform "Coda Story". The discussion sparked stimulating questions from the audience of around 40 people.  The sneak-peeks of Peter Pomerantsev’s "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia” were also available at the event. The book will be published in January 2017 with partial support from Open Society Georgia Foundation.

Another book that we are excited to publish soon is “Lean In: Women, Work and Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, we are patiently waiting to receive the final manuscript, that is being customized for Georgian context in author’s Head office, California.

We know that there are many more thought-provoking books that Georgian audience awaits for and we are eager to translate and share.

On the final note, anyone who donates more than 30$ this month, will receive Radarami 2017 Calendar as a  hearty gift from us! We’re wishing you all the best from Tbilisi, where the holidays aren’t quite over yet – so whether or not your calendar calls for it, have a very happy Old New Year this Saturday, and an amazing 2017 to come!

With Kindest Regards,

The Radarami Team

Book Discussion with Auditorium #115 and Travels!
Book Discussion with Auditorium #115 and Travels!
Book Presentation at Grandpa Shaqro
Book Presentation at Grandpa Shaqro's Bookstore
Radarami on Book tour, Telavi Central Library
Radarami on Book tour, Telavi Central Library
The panel discussion about Russian Propaganda
The panel discussion about Russian Propaganda
Meeting in Knowledge Cafe in Tsnori, East Georgia
Meeting in Knowledge Cafe in Tsnori, East Georgia
Oct 13, 2016

Radarami Update October 2016

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Radarami's mini free library box in Poti, Georgia

Hey ya'll!

Autumn’s come and here we are back with our thin coats in Radarami and we bring exciting stories from the past few months. As you remember Radarami was set up with the mission to engage curious Georgians from all backgrounds in the modern discourses happening globally, this mission is realized by providing high-quality translations of non-fiction bestsellers, on topics of critical relevance, such as global warming, democracy, education, health and psychology.  These books are otherwise simply not available to the Georgian audience. It is with your help that we are giving them more than just  local newspapers to read.

We are proud to have sixteen publications to date, in our “Read and Connect” series, and for these past three month we’ve been working hard to heat up the printing presses with Nos. 17 and 18. The oldest news you’ll expect to have heard regards upcoming publication of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”, for  which Sheryl Sandberg kindly offered us the Georgian rights as charity.  Some legal issues have kept that tied up in post-production, but a resolution’s expected within days. That means that Lean In is in line to become the 18th title with publication set for December 2016.

Before that, however, comes our October publication: “Oil And Honey: the education of unlikely activist”. Bill McKibbon’s call-to-action memoir, an account of his fight against the Keystone XXL Pipeline, is more relevant now than ever before. Many Georgians may not already be aware of the mounting  pipeline battles occurring across America now, but McKibbon’s book stands as a portal inviting its readers in further. Perhaps a reader in Svaneti, highest region of Georgia, will discover the Standing Rock protests while they’re still ongoing; perhaps he won’t need to, closing the book and recognizing in the Keystone XXL an echo of the careless hydroelectric projects threatening Svaneti today. And perhaps he’ll decide to join McKibbon’s army of millions, 350.org – only to discover what the measurement “350” stands for, 350 ppm, 350 parts per million, the accepted safe level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Only last week, scientists announced that, without change, the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will never again pass below 400 ppm. There couldn’t be a more essential time to bring this book into new hands.

As always, we’ll be introducing the book with a release tour in the end of October. Current plans will bring us to the main cities of Georgia: Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Gori, Telavi and Batumi and high mountainous settlements such as Mestia and Stephantsminda . What’s more, we’ll be following up the publication of our 17th book with a re-release of our very first! Fast Forward, a book about the ethics and politics in the age of global warming by William Antholis and Strobe Talbott, which is getting a second print run and will be distributed along with our new publication.

Meanwhile, we continue to expand our reach. During this Summer Radarami started to set up small “Free Library” is 5 different cities, where our readers can leave and take Radarami books. Moreover, at the end of September Radarami was invited to participate in the “Green Fest” organized by the Georgian Young Greens, in the post industrial city of Rustavi, not far from Tbilisi. The youth attending snapped up the books on sale there for the usual 2 Lari (less than 1 Euro).

There’s a rash of exciting projects in our near future, of a different sort from what you might have come to expect in the past – but we don’t want to give too much away quite yet!

In the meantime, as we tinker away at the new machinery hidden behind the curtains, we’ll just extend a hearty THANK YOU AGAIN for everything you’re making possible, every new book, every new step.

Please contact us in case of any questions or comments at mariama@radarami.org.

Thank you for your continued support!

The Radarami Team

Radarami
Radarami's Books exhibited in Rustavi, Georgia
Radarami
Radarami's books, 16 publications to date!
Radarami on "Green Fest" 2016
Radarami on "Green Fest" 2016
Radarami announcing upcoming books
Radarami announcing upcoming books
Radarami Free Library box in Telavi
Radarami Free Library box in Telavi
 
   

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