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:
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your generous support.
The Radarami Team