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Book Platform Newsletter: Issue 5


ISSUE 5 OF BOOK PLATFORM NEWSLETTER


In this issue of Book Platform Newsletter:

  • Fair-Play and Collaboration took place in Yerevan on 14-15 January
  • Book Platform project was publicly presented in Yerevan on 16 January
  • Fair-Play and Collaboration took place in Tbilisi: 25-26 January
  • Book Platform project public presentation in Tbilisi, 25 January


"FAIR-PLAY AND COLLABORATION" TOOK PLACE IN YEREVAN

The concept of "fair-play" and the possibilities for increased collaboration along the book chain in Armenia were the two central topics of the workshop that took place on 14-15 Jan 2013 in Yerevan. The workshop was kindly hosted by the American University of Armenia and its Translation Certificate Program. The workshop was opened by Dr. Dennis Leavens, the Provost of the AUA, and Melissa Brown, Lecturer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, AUA, and went on for two intensive days with a series of presentations, panel debates, discussions and group work. Participants included contemporary Armenian writers, poets, translators and literary critics as well as enthusiastic graduate students in literature and translation. Read more...  

Pictures credit by: Liliya Zaydulina/AUA


BOOK PLATFORM PROJECT PUBLIC PRESENTATION IN YEREVAN, 16 JANUARY

Exactly one year after the start of the Book Platform, we held a public presentation on the philosophy, the achievements and the future plans of the project in Yerevan. Hosted by the National Children Library, the presentation gathered nearly 70 people – representatives of stakeholders in the book sector as well as media. The event was opened by Seyranuhi Geghamyan, Chief of the Modern Art Department of the Ministry of Culture, followed by a presentation by Yana Genova. Contrary to the usual scenarios of events of this type, instead of a Q and A session, the presentation provoked participants to share their stances on the current book landscape of Armenia. Thereby, we had input on stage by several key stakeholders and reactions from the audience. Time was too short for an in-depth discussion but that also confirmed that this is the right moment for more debates on the future of the sector in Armenia. The forthcoming public launch on the results of the project's readership, translation and publishing studies for Armenia, will provide a platform for such discussions.
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"FAIR-PLAY AND COLLABORATION" TOOK PLACE IN TBILISI: 25-26 JANUARY

The third workshop in the series of authors/translators workshops on rights took place in Tbilisi at the premises of the National Parliamentary Library. Skillfully moderated by Lasha Bakradze (director of Literature Museum), the workshop featured presentations by international and local speakers, group discussions and practical exercises. Participants shared very different - both positive and negative - personal experiences with contracts (and the lack of contracts), payment terms and copyrights. Practical exercises on current contracts used in Georgia and international model ones, seemed to be extremely useful in pointing to concrete possibilities of improvement. At instances, however, participants also had to put themselves in the publishers' shoes, evaluating commercial risks, discussing book pricing policy and shared responsibility in ensuring good quality.
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BOOK PLATFORM PROJECT PUBLIC PRESENTATION IN TBILISI, 25 JANUARY

Book Platform project public presentation took place on the 26th January 2013 in the grand hall of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. The presentation gathered book sector stakeholders and media, and was opened by Marine Mizandari, deputy minister of culture, and Oliver Resiner of the EU Delegation in Georgia. Marine Mizandari stressed that the Ministry backs up Book Platform project and its associates with a moral support in recognition of its importance for the future of the country's book sector. Oliver Reisner spoke of the EuroEast Culture Programme and the uniqueness of the project. In the presentation that followed, Yana Genova, manager of Book Platform at Next Page Foundation, outlined the project's philosophy, its relation to the global changes in publishing, its aims and activities. She also invited the stakeholders to actively use all the project's instruments and to participate in its implementation. Read more...





 

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