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Reading Group "Tabuni" meeting in Batumi
Reading Group "Tabuni" meeting in Batumi

Dear Friends!

It has been cold several months since we last wrote you, finally it seems that spring warmth is almost here in Tbilisi. Radarami already has 19 translations of recent non-fiction topical bestsellers for intellectually hungry Georgians. Our mission is to connect curious readers with one another through our books.  We have moved forward in establishing reading groups “Tabunebi” in Tbilisi and various regions of Georgia.

In December when we last wrote you, we were searching for the volunteer facilitators to organize meetings around our latest translations in their community. We found enthusiast from main cities such as Tbilisi, Rustavi, Poti, Kutaisi, Gori, Akhaltsikhe, Telavi and from small villages and cities that you probably have never heard of such as Niqozi, Shuakhevi, Khoni, Udabno, Tsalka, Kvareli. Radarami team members sent our gift packages to each of them, which included: ten books, Tabuni guidebook that includes tips and tool for organizing book discussion, notebooks, pens, stickers and Radarami tote bag.

Since then more than 30 meetings were successfully held and concluded with positive feedback from the members. In January 2018 we visited one of these book clubs in Niqozi, the most remote village under Georgian authorities, near the administrative border line in Tskhinvali Region. We discussed issues raised in our 18th translation “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in New Russia” by Peter Pomerantsev. Russian propaganda is very strong in this area, and it is of crucial importance to supply young readers with the new translation that would help them to widen their perspectives on the various issues.

During the last three months, Radarami distributed 871 books to various organizations,  libraries and bookstores, such as the Biblus book-chain which extends over a 100 bookstores around Georgia, Laterna, Parnasus and Santa Esperansa, in addition to our Tabuni members.

As for the next book, since our vision in Radarami is focused on staying close to the community, we decided to pick a book that interacts with the ongoing social movements in Georgia.  Our new initiative is to translate a book about the history of Cannabis. We believe that raising awareness about this controversial substance will create change for the lives of Georgian people. Please bear in mind, we do not aim to start any sort of propaganda or influence any opinion over another. We simply want to start an open discussion based on a very comprehensive book written by Martin Booth: Cannabis: A History. “To some, it's the classic "gateway drug," to others it is a harmless way to relax or provide relief from pain. Some fear it is dangerous and addictive, while others feel it should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, cannabis incites debate at every level, and the effect it has on every corner of the globe is undeniable”. With upcoming hearing of the new law for drug policies in Georgia, this book will be handy in the discussion of what should we do about illegal substances, which policies have worked around the world and how should we Georgians deal with the drug use and addiction.

In order to see this project through, we would need around $10,000.  Every donation matters!

The rest of world is having a conversation. We want Georgians to join in! We hope to translate, edit, and distribute many more books to Georgian readers.

Thank you all for your generous support!

 

With Best Wishes,

Radarami Team

Member of Tabuni, January 2018
Member of Tabuni, January 2018
Our brand new reading group guidebook and a book
Our brand new reading group guidebook and a book
Visiting reading group in Niqozi, conflict zone
Visiting reading group in Niqozi, conflict zone
Reading group meeting in "Udabno", Sagarejo
Reading group meeting in "Udabno", Sagarejo
Demonstration for cannabis decriminalization
Demonstration for cannabis decriminalization
Radarami already has 19 translations!
Radarami already has 19 translations!

Dear Friends,

Holiday season is upon us once again! Happy belated thanksgiving to all of you celebrating. We are very thankful for each of your donations! Through those donations you’ve made it possible for Georgian readers to have an access to recent topical books and be part of the global conversations despite the language barrier.  ‘Tis the season, and as such, we’d like to give a little something back. We've come up with a few small, but deeply heartfelt 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 2018 calendar

$75 - $150 - A postcard plus a Radarami 2018 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 might not arrive until after New Years in the US as one of our trans-Atlantic supporters has agreed to include them with his luggage on his US-bound flight home for the holidays.

And now to the news!

With lots of work and much patience, the 19th translation of the ‘Read and Connect” series: Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”  is finally here! First published in 2013, The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. The author draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. We are very excited to challenge Georgian readers on this issues.

The Radarami team first presented the book on October 26th, at the Georgian Presidential Palace, to a group of 70 entrepreneurs from various regions of Georgia where the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, was as well present. Traditionally, all the attendees got their free copies of the new translation! Shortly after, our representative was invited at the Business Morning Show on TV1hosted by Georgian business women and the head of the Farmers Association of Georgia, Nino Zambakhidze. Together we discuss the new translation and our vision with Georgian young winemaker Baia Abuladze, who is making her first bold steps as a young business woman.

Soon enough this book will be available to more than a hundred locations all around Georgia, in the bookstores, libraries, community centers and other social places.  And don’t forget that in bookstores it will be sold for as little as 2 Gel (that is less than 1$).

Our team also prepared two videos this autumn, targeted towards our readers. In this first video,  we gathered famous journalists and writers from Georgia to raise awareness about the Russian Propaganda through promoting our 18th translation “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Surreal Heart of New Russia” by Peter Pomerantsev. And this second video summarizes our tour in the regions during the last summer and invites our readers to create Tabuni, Radarami Reading Group,  in their own community. Through the Georgian version of our page, anyone can register in seconds, it is super easy. We have already gathered more than 50 volunteers who are eager to become facilitators for the upcoming book discussion meetings. We look forward to receiving feedback from them and we hope to keep supplying all the hungry readers with the new, thought provoking translations.

And all this will not be possible without your help! Thank you all for your continued support once again!


With Best wishes,
Radarami Team

The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili
The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili
The readers with our new translation!
The readers with our new translation!
Attendees receiving their free copies of the book
Attendees receiving their free copies of the book
the readers from South Georgia, September 27
the readers from South Georgia, September 27
Readers from Marneuli, October 19
Readers from Marneuli, October 19
Event in Dvani near the border to Tskinvali Region
Event in Dvani near the border to Tskinvali Region


Dear Friends!

After escaping the heat of Tbilisi in the high mountains of South Caucasus, the main team members of Radarami are back and ready to heat up the printing of our number 19 book, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” in the Read & Connect series. Finally, we have everything ready, customized edition of the text for Georgia and completed with an inspiring intro from Nino Zambakhidze, chairperson of Farmer’s Association in Georgia, speaking from her personal experience.

Some of our team members are still far away, traveling in the west Georgia and in the neighboring countries after busy summer journeys with our books and we are excited to tell you all about it.

This summer Radarami had 28 events and gatherings all around Georgia and distributed 1015 books with help of you, EWMI and Orbeliani Georgia.

Starting from the wine regions such as Kakheti, going all the way up to Racha, where some of the poorest communities in Georgia live and then traveling even higher to Svaneti, in Mestia and Ushguli, highest inhabited villages of Georgia. Radarami team engaged in rigorous discussions with local youth and readers about Russian Propaganda and Climate Change, corresponding to our latest translations “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible” by Peter Pomeranstev, “Oil and Honey” by Bill Mcckibben and ‘Fast Forward” by William Antholis and Strobe Talbott (a reprint). Here are some messages from our readers to you!

“I am an activist and simply a lover of non-fiction literature, for me existance of Radarami is crucial. It is the only organization that translates books to my native language on the themes that are important to me. I believe it is with help of Radarami that many fellow readers know and talk about climate change, globalization, contemporary methods in child upbringing, traffic security and so on. That’s why I hope Radarami continues to supply us with many more interesting books.” - says Giorgi from Telavi, East Georgia.


“I love reading and sharing my emotions and thoughts about them later on. Few years ago, when I was visiting my Mom abroad, I was observing the books that are not translated in Georgian. Today I attended a meeting organized by Radarami and I am super excited! First of all books are super affordable, and in addition topics are very interesting. Thank you Radarami and everyone who makes this project possible.” Thea from Senaki.


In addition, we would like to thank our driver, Tsira Kobeshavidze, who is a young lady with a powerful  energy and fierce car. She dedicated her time and stamina to drive us more than 3000 kilometers across the country this summer!

 

And thank you all for your support! We are about to open a new project on Global Giving to crowdfund translation of a new book, so stay tuned!


With best wishes,
Radarami Team

Discussion in Niqozi, village bordering Tskinvali
Discussion in Niqozi, village bordering Tskinvali
Meeting in "Knowledge Cafe" Tsnori
Meeting in "Knowledge Cafe" Tsnori
Meeting in Akhatsikhe, South Georgia
Meeting in Akhatsikhe, South Georgia
Discussion in Racha, North Georgia
Discussion in Racha, North Georgia
Discussion with Georgian Writer Toresa Mossy
Discussion with Georgian Writer Toresa Mossy
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Radarami's 18th Book Launch In Batumi
Hey All!
It has been long and cold winter, but the warm, pleasant evenings of spring are finally back in Tbilisi; Our friends and team members of Radarami have been working hard to keep Georgian curious readers supplied with new topical books in Georgian. And we didn’t let their hopes down! Radarami started the new year with the new book: Peter Pomerantsev’s “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible”. It is our 19th translation that takes the readers to the heart of new Russia, were even dictatorship is a reality show.
The author of the book, British producer and writer Peter Pomerantsev worked behind the lens of reality television in Russia for almost a decade. The son of Ukrainian emigrants who have settled in Britain, Peter moved to Russia in early 2000s, when it was erupting with new money and new power.
 
“Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell's Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries” these are the characters from the book that sound surreal.
 
We  were happy to have a possibility to host Mrs. Pomeratsev for the book launch in Tbilisi, that took place in the “Writer’s House” on March 6th. The big hall was packed with over 100 visitors  and aroused interesting questions from various perspectives. This book is especially interesting to Georgian readers as the reach of the Kremlin’s propaganda in Georgia is quite strong.
 
Furthermore, not to leave out readers in the more remote parts of Georgia, traditionally, Radarami team will be traveling in the various regions of Georgia. We already visited 6 cities in the west Georgia, with young researcher from Ilia University, Tamar Tolordava.  The book was met with great interest, we had especially warm welcome in Senaki library, in the Samegrelo region, where Director of the library featured all Radarami books in the reader’s hall. Radarami has delivered total of 309 books of the library free of charge.
 
On the other note, we are getting ready for our next translation “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg for the upcoming summer, the final manuscript and the Intro from Nino Zambakhidze, Georgian business women and head of Georgian Farmer’s Association is approved! We are eagerly waiting for the final details to be confirmed to start printing! 
Meanwhile, enjoy some photos from the new book's launch and the book tour. We look forward to translate and publish much more mind stimulating books!
Thank you so much for your continued support, to us each book and each reader matter, and you are making it possible!
Read & Connect!
With Kindest Regards,
Radarami Team
Book Presentation in Senaki
Book Presentation in Senaki
Book Presentation in Tbilisi
Book Presentation in Tbilisi
Book Launch in Poti
Book Launch in Poti
Radarami on Book Tour, Ozurgeti
Radarami on Book Tour, Ozurgeti
Book Discussion in Kutaisi
Book Discussion in Kutaisi

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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
 

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