Interviewing Georgian young readers for research
Summer has finally come and where this usually means a quiet season in Tbilisi, Georgia, it won’t be that quiet for Radarami! We have a lot of exciting news for you.
First of all there are a few new translations coming up!
In our previous report last March, we announced the upcoming publication of the 17th book of our Radarami series,Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. The book has been translated, edited and formatted and we are waiting from the final contract with the publishing house to start printing. We hope to launch the book in late July, after which 5500 copies will be spread all over Georgia.
In the meantime, we started translating our 18th book, Oil and Honey: The Education of An Unlikely Activist by Bill McKribbe - the founder of 350.org, who has been at the forefront of the grassroots movement to fight global warming for more than 25 years. We look forward to discussing environmental issues with Georgians through this passionately written book in the coming fall.
Furthermore, we are currently translating Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev with partial funding from the Open Society – Georgia Foundation. Peter Pomeranstev, a British journalist of Russian heritage, offers a unique, insider insight into contemporary Putinism and the Kremlin propaganda machine. Through his narrative driven by personal stories, Pomeranstev describes how the Russian President has now fully established control over the media in the country. As Russian propaganda significantly influences Georgia as well, it will be especially interesting to discuss this book with Georgian readers.
And now about Radarami adventures! At the beginning of April, Radarami traveled to 6 different cities in the west of Georgia to promote our 16th book of the Read & Connect series – Traffic, why we drive the way we do. We visited newly built community centers where we had the chance to engage new readers. At the start of June we also conducted short research about young Georgians with help from Annie Farnsworth, a volunteer from Austin, Texas, visiting Georgia. She, with the help of Georgian volunteers, gathered information from a broad sample of Georgian youth regarding their habits concerning interpersonal connection and access to information, as well as their interest level and attitude towards new ideas and points of view. Traveling to Ozurgeti, Telavi, Batumi, and Poti a wide range of educational levels can be seen, but one thing remains the same: the generally high interest level from students to learn about the world whether or not they have access to the proper resources to do such. And we are eager to help supply them with our books!
We plan to place custom-crafted boxes filled with books in five cities around Georgia. These boxes will be placed in social spaces such as parks or near bus stops where all people are welcome to take a book for free or donate one of their own. For each book, Radarami will donate published non-fiction book from our "Read and Connect" series.
All donations from this month will go towards translation of the following books:Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard Thaler andMoral Blindness: The Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity by Zygmunt Bauman and Leonidas Donskis. With your help we can make it happen!
Thank you for your continued support!
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Have a great summer!
The Radarami Team
Library box in Ozurgeti Park, Georgia
The new book launch in the West Georgia
Radarami readers from rural areas