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Book Platform Newsletter: Issue 13

ISSUE 13 OF BOOK PLATFORM NEWSLETTER


In this issue of Book Platform Newsletter:

  • Open Call: Book Platform Events Participation Grants
  • Book Platform Project at Frankfurt Book Fair 2013
  • Georgia: New Digital Hall at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia
  • Ukraine: Public discussion "Two Way Street: Ukraine Translations in the Last Twenty Years"
  • Ukraine: 3-day Working Visits of European Editors, Publishers, Cultural Journalists to Ukraine
  • New Study: Publishing and Bookselling in Armenia
  • Book Platform Project Representative at Wachau Literature Days
  • Visiting news: Reading Literary Fiction Makes You a Better Person, Scientists Say
  • Visiting news: Iryna Khalip Announced as Winner of the PEN / Pinter International Writer of Courage Award 2013


 Open Call: Book Platform Events Participation Grants

The Book Platform project announces its Events Participation Grants, designed for a wide range of people working in the book sector: cultural managers, publishers, writers, translators, literary agents, etc. The Grants scheme aims at supporting sustainable international working contacts and exchange of book professionals from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine with colleagues from the EU countries as well as from the countries of the Eastern Neighborhood. The grants scheme is part of the Book Platform project funded by the European Union in the framework of the EuroEast Culture Programme. The grants scheme has limited resources and is opened between October 21, 2013 and March 2014 (final reporting date). Read more...


 Book Platform Project at Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

The biggest in the world professional gathering of publishers and all sorts of book people features hundreds of events within its five days. This year, one of them was organized by the Book Platform to present its studies on the book sectors of Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine.Tricky as it may be to have three so different countries in one presentation, the event still managed to give flesh to the pure numbers and a hint on the country-specific issues in publishing. After a short overview by Ruediger Wischenbart who has been overseeing the local teams during the studies' execution, the panelists had but a short time to answer the moderator's questions. Read more...


Georgia: New Digital Hall at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia

New digital hall was officially opened at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia in Tbilisi on October 21, 2013. The new hall will offer e-books, journals, books, magazines and free internet access. The hall will have cultural and educational function.

Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association, local partner of Book Platform project, was presented at the opening ceremony with a stand of the association and the project. The audience had a chance to get information about the project activities and future plans.
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 Ukraine: Public Discussion "Two Way Street: Ukraine Translations in the Last Twenty Years"

One of the central professional events of the 20th Lviv International Book Fair was the event dedicated to translations from and into Ukrainian, organized within Book Platform project. The public discussion Two Way Street: Ukrainian translations in the last 20 years took place on September 13, 2013, in the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe. The discussion was based on the outcomes of the studies on translations from and into Ukrainian language, executed within the Book Platform project. The discussion was attended by 60 translators, researchers, publishers, writers, cultural managers and other stakeholders, who gathered to analyze the outcomes of the studies and to discuss the ways of promotion of translated literature in Ukraine and abroad. Read more...


 Ukraine: 3-day Working Visits of European Editors, Publishers, Cultural Journalists to Ukraine

For the first time during the 20th Lviv Book Fair (11-15 September 2013), in the frames of Book Platform project, few important professional events have been held. The series of editorial visits of foreign literary agents, cultural journalists and translators in Ukraine was exceptionally important. Edward Nawotka (USA), Ali Bowden (Scotland), Olaf Kühl and Renate Schmidgalle (Germany), Pierre Astier (France), Justyna Sobolewska and Veronika Gogola (Poland), Alena Zemancikova (Czech Republic), Hans-Peter Kunisсh (Switzerland), Madeleine Grieve (Sweden), Arevik Ashharoyan (Armenia), Ketevan Kiguradze and Gvantsa Jobava (Georgia) completed professional visits to take part in the biggest publishing event of Ukraine and to establish contacts with local publishers and authors. Read more...


 New Study: Publishing and Bookselling in Armenia

The survey on publishing and bookselling in Armenia was commissioned and monitored by the National Publishers Association of Armenia as part of the Book Platform project. Being the first ever attempt to collect, systematize and analyze primary and secondary data on publishing and bookselling in the country, the survey faced significant challenges. Much of the basic information collected is inherently fragmented and only partly consistent, and thus the survey results rather raise questions than provide answers. Drawing a reliable and a consistent picture of the Armenian book sector remains a task for the future.

The publication
"Publishing and Bookselling in Armenia: an overview. A summary of a survey carried out in 2012-2013" offers an overview prepared by Rüdiger Wischenbart on the basic parameters of the Armenian "book ecosystem". Read more...



 Book Platform Project Representative at Wachau Literature Days 2013

For the 5th successive year the Wachau Literature Days hosted writers, publishers, critics and cultural organizations from all over Europe for three days of debates and readings at the heart of the wine-producing region of Austria. Parallel to the literature fest, the Backflow conference focused more on the publishing markets and the conditions under which literature is being produced and disseminated. Yana Genova of Next Page gave a presentation, partly based on the experience of Book Platform's studies on book sectors, on the social meaning and the role of shifting reading habits, new digital access and the future of the funding policies for small book markets.


 Visiting news: Reading Literary Fiction Makes You a Better Person, Scientists Say 

Recent articles in the Publishing Perspectives and The New York Times draw the attention on the study "Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind", conducted by two social psychologists, David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano at The New School, and published on October 3, 2013 in the Science Journal. According to the research, reading literary fiction, as opposed to nonfiction, popular fiction or nothing at all, leads people to perform better on tests that measure empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.

Curious to read the whole study? It is available here. Want to contribute to the researchers' work? You can participate in the study here.


 Visiting news: Iryna Khalip Announced as Winner of the PEN / Pinter International Writer of Courage Award 2013 

As the latest issue of English PEN Bulletin announced, the Belarusian journalist Iryna Khalip had been chosen as winner of the PEN / Pinter International Writer of Courage Award 2013. The official announcement was made by this year's British winner - the playwright Tom Stoppard, at a public event at the British Library on October 7, when he formally accepted the PEN/Pinter Prize 2013. The PEN Pinter prize is an annual literary award in honor of the late Harold Pinter. The award is shared by two writers – one who is either British or living and working in the UK, and an international winner - a writer of courage. The latter is selected by the British winner in consultation with the writers at risk team of the writers' organization English PEN.


THE BOOK PLATFORM PROJECT assists in developing skills, in building international networks and in creating smart policies for creating an environment for a healthy, sustainable and open book culture in three countries of the EU Neighborhood Policy – Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine. It is a project of Next Page Foundation in cooperation with the National Publishers Association (Armenia), the Georgian Book Publishers Association (Georgia) and the Publishers' Forum (Ukraine), supported by Eastern Partnership Culture Programme of the EU.

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