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GEORGIA

the Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 10-14 October

Publishing Program

Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association


GEORGIA

the Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 10-14 October

Publishing Program


This program was published within the framework of the project Georgia Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture And Sport of Georgia and Georgian National Book Center.

Publishing team Gvantsa Jobava Tinatin Beriashvili Nuka Gambashidze Designer Natalia Glonti Art Direction Teona Chanishvili


Publishing Program


Publishing Program Stands and Activities Organized by Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association, publishing program takes place at 3 National stands, a small stage in the Guest of Honour Pavilion, kids stage and several other areas at the Franfurter Buchmesse. Main purpose of the program is to present the products of literary collaboration including different parties: authors, publishers, translators and other literary professionals. The focus of the program will be placed on Georgian publishers, their projects, plans, business interests and the advancement of Georgian publishing industry in general. The entire program covers up to 70 events: book presentations, literary panel discussions, overviews of Georgian and international literary industries, business networking events, interactive activities and other. The multiplicity of events formats and participants makes the publishing program informative and interesting and offers visitors a broad insight into classic and contemporary Georgian literature.


Georgian National Stand

(Hall 5.0 B100) PUBLISHING CHARACTERS – stage of

the Georgian National Stand The status of the Georgian national stand, annually organized at the Buchmesse since 2007, takes a very significant scale in the context of the Guest of Honour project and is the main platform for Georgian publishing professionals. The stand will exhibit books of approximately 40 Georgian publishers and will offer them space for business meetings. During 3 working days there will be business-breakfasts and business-lunches held at the stand. Stage of the Georgian National Stand “Publishing Characters” is the main venue of the publishing program, presenting various publishing and innovative projects, publishers, authors and books of different genres.

GEORGIAN CHARACTERS – Small Stage at

the Guest of Honour Pavilion (Forum 1) Guest of Honour Pavilion at Frankfurter Buchmesse is organized by Georgian National Book Center and literary program covers two stages: Georgian Characters - main stage and Georgian Characters - small stage. GPBA is the co-organizer of the program in the Guest of Honour pavilion small stage, which will be hosting events presenting poetry, non-fiction and art books. 16 events of the publishing program will be presented at this stage. Visitors will get a chance to meet authors and creators and get their unique insight on the presented projects and take a sneak peak into Georgian culture.

Georgian Children’s literature Stand (Hall 3.0 F152)

Children’s Stand is the area dedicated to children’s literature. The stand will exhibit children’s books by Georgian publishers and selected illustrations of Georgian artists. There will also be digital games and applications accessible for children visiting the stage.


Stand Activity: Book Class with Sandro 13-14 October. 13:00-14:00 Sandro Asatiani, author of the digital and printed children’s books offers an hour of the books class to the young visitors of the fair. Sandro’s books live in “computer memories”. In his stories, regular objects and creatures are transformed into extraordinary stories. Sandro’s class is a tangible experience for young readers of all ages. The author shows his books to kids in an interactive manner. For the first 30 minutes kids will get to know the stories, followed by the 5 minute discussion with the author. For the next half an hour, children will enjoy the coloring activity, using the blank illustrations from the books they just got to know.

Frankfurt Kids Foyer (Hall 5.1/6.1 U56 A1) will exhibit up to 50 selected Georgian children’s books. The LED screen installed in the foyer will display children’s book illustrations and among them the images created by Georgian artists.

FRANKFURT KIDS STAGE (Hall 5.1/6.1 U56 A1) As a part of the publishing program, the Kids Stage (Several events) will present classic and contemporary Georgian children’s literature – the magic world of stories and illustrations.

Georgian Stand in ARTS+ (Hall 4.1 N67)

The stand reveals Georgia’s potential in art and innovative technologies. Georgian stand is presented with three spaces. In the Exhibition Space visitors will find Georgian Books about art and design, photobooks, art-books and other - including some outstanding, unique and newest editions, some of which will be presented to the international audience for the first time.

Stand Activity: Hours of Georgian Handwritten Script 10-14 October. Two 2-hour sessions every day 11:00-13:00 (in English) and 15:00-17:00 (in German)


During his sessions Georgian calligraphist David Maisuradze will share his knowledge about the unique Georgian alphabet. Apart from presenting Georgian script to the visitors, the calligraphist will help them write in Georgian and together with them will create souvenir cards carrying the images of Georgian script. Innovation Space showcases an innovative art-project Oraculum 0.1 (The Talking Avatars) as a permanent installation in ARTS+. Project authors and presenters are Zura Jishkariani and Sandro Asatiani. Three Avatars, products of AI are presented on three screens. They have individually designed appearance and character, age/sex recognition and speech abilities - they talk in the language of literature. Avatars are interactions of emotions and algorithms. Visitors are welcome to come to the stand and have an AI experience during the working hours throughout the entire period of the book fair. Avatars will address guests after analyzing their age, sex and current mood and will speak to them with quotes from Georgian and world literature. Visitors will get to take a printed receipt of the conversation with them. Typography Space - the joint stand with Monotype GmbH (Q66) At this interactive stand visitors will be able to get in touch with Georgian alphabet, typefaces designed by Monotype. This collaboration puts an emphasis on the unique visual trademark of Georgian culture – typography. Representatives of Monotype with the aid of Georgian font designer Akaki Razmadze will present and demonstrate the new fonts and the technology behind it.

Stand Activity: A special printer that will be presented at the stand throughout the book fair days and will allow creating instant postcards with Georgian type as souvenirs for the stand visitors.

Chatbots Installation-Showcase (ARTS+ Hall 4.1 N83) From the authors of The Talking Avatars project, ARTS+ pavilion will also locate the permanent installation that will showcase mechanics and functionalities of chatbots. Using screen and keyboards, the presenters will let the visitors interact with different chatbots of their creation and will also show the process of designing one.


Publishing Characters Stage of the Georgian National Stand Halle 5.0 B100

Working language of the evets – English (with few exceptions*)


10 October 08:45

Official opening of Georgian National stand and launch of the publishing program

Series:

Business Breakfast From 10 to 12 October, Business Breakfast opens the Publishing Program of the National Stand at Frankfurter Buchmesse. Business Breakfast is the platform that enables Georgian publishers to meet and form business relationships with representatives of publishing industry from a variety of countries in an informal environment. Considering the format of the meeting, first 30 minutes are allocated to 4 to 5 Georgian publishers to present and discuss authors and books of their choice in individual short-length (2 to 4 minutes) presentations. The remaining time of 30 minutes is intended for conversations, thus all attending publishers shall have the opportunity to talk to one another personally over breakfast. Business Breakfast platform has different target audiences and focal points each day to enable Georgian publishers properly define their priorities, and prepare for the events and activities in advance.


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The Bridge

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Together for Young Readers

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Mix & Match

The event focuses on German-speaking publishers, thus the Georgian publishers, within the format of this particular Business Breakfast, shall host publishers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Georgian and German publishing industries have already been closely related, collaborating on various occasions. Hence, this event aims at the enhancement of the existing business relationships, and the formation of new ones. This event focuses on the publishers of children’s literature from various countries. Guest publishers are not limited to particular geographical areas. Over this business breakfast, children’s book publishers from Georgia shall introduce their projects and publications to the foreign colleagues through short-length presentations. Besides, the meeting provides an opportunity for Georgian publishers to learn about the experience, competence, and innovations in the industry from the representatives of other countries, and, at the same time, form new relationships / partnerships in prospect of collaboration, and joint projects in the future. The event focuses on publishers from the following countries: Canada, Finland, Flanders & Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and Spain. At this international meeting, Georgian publishers shall be able to make present their projects. Some of the above-mentioned countries have already been the Guests of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse, while others shall be in the future, after 2018. Georgia, the Guest of Honour in 2018, is a kind of an intermediate between them. The publishers shall share their experience and expectations of being Guests of Honour.

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Series: New Titles

Within the framework of the series New Titles, Georgian Publishers, along with Georgian authors, shall present new books by these same authors, which have not been translated yet. The books shall be introduced to foreign publishers in prospect of their future translation in various languages, or subsequent publication in foreign countries.


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N ew T itles

Chewing Dawns Sugar-free by Zura Jishkariani BOOK PRESENTATION

Chewing Dawns Sugar-free is a debut novel by Zura Jishkariani, which belongs to cyber-punk genre. The book tells the story of a digital world apocalypse that takes place due to certain algorithm errors. As the clergy is trying to hack the reality to put an end to the process, a group of ‘travellers’ begins its journey with an intention to free and save the Messiah caught in the digital world. 15

Publisher(s): Sulakauri Publishing Speaker(s): Zura Jishkariani Moderator: Mikheil Tsikhelashvili

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Life with the Definite Article by Mariam Tsereteli BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Publishing House Pegasi Speaker(s): Mariam Tsereteli Moderator: Nini Tavkhelidze

Life with the Definite Article is Mariam Tsereteli’s first novel. The main character is a girl with cancer / oncological disease, who travels abroad. Events that occur during her journey come to be associated with the most complex issues of the contemporary world. The book deals with problematic and actual issues, including religious fanaticism, and cruelty committed in the name of gods.

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Adobe Godmaker by Paata Shamugia

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by Teona Dolenjashvili

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PRESENTATION OF BOOKS

Publisher(s): Intelekti Publishing Speaker(s): Paata Shamugia Teona Dolenjashvili Moderator: Gvantsa Jobava

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Wisdom of Fancy & Was by Toressa Mossy

PRESENTATION OF BOOKS

Publisher(s): Intelekti Publishing Palitra L Publishing Speaker(s): Natia Zaqradze Toresa Mossy Moderator: Zviad Kvartskhelia

Adobe Godmaker is a political and psychological drama. Tamara’s phone is stolen during her stay in New York. Upon return to Georgia, she sees a photo of a young Arab boy uploaded on her Dropbox account, immediately realizing that he was the thief. Tamara’s laptop begins to host the video blogs by the future terrorist. Ismail recounts the story of his life in these videos. Subsequently, Tamara’s life changes entirely. Personal Jesus is a collection of four stories with alternating nostalgic, aggressive, and apocalyptic moods. The book combines a number of issues, including the following: the longing for the village idyll; inability of security services to stop terrorist attacks, destroying the lives of innocent people in the process; a woman’s dream of motherhood, hindered and made impossible due to the contradiction by her husband, society, and state legislation. Wisdom of Fancy - “No one remains unknown in this town. However invisible you may be, still everybody knows who you are. And if someone from Telavi finds himself even in the largest of megalopolises, he shall recognize another Telavian immediately upon seeing.” Small town of Telavi, as a biography, and as a character… Was – the action of this second novel also takes place in Telavi. An ordinary antique shop may suddenly become a place of major scientific discovery. Drama gives way to old mythic world, catching detective, and thriller in the book.


Series:

The Destiny of the Georgian book – Today and Tomorrow

The series covers discussions among the representatives of those organizations that work in literary and publishing industries. Discussion topics shall concern the history of the development of this industry in Georgia, its present and future, including the place of Georgia on the literary map of the world, and international collaboration between Georgia and various foreign organizations that work in the field of literature or cultural activities, in general.


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4 Literary Tales DISCUSSION

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Speaker(s): Natalia Lomouri Medea Metreveli Rati Amaghlobeli

Writers’ House of Georgia is a venue open to various literary activitities, and it conducts a great variety of projects, including Tbilisi International Festival of Literature, which has been an annual event since 2015. Tbilisi International Book Fair has been held annually for already 20 years. The festival unites Tbilisi book fair, various literary events, and book presentations for readers of all ages. Georgian National Book Center organizes literary forum-dialogues / conversations annually, which involve presentations, meetings, and panel discussions for Georgian and foreign publishers, literary agents and translators.

Moderator: Tinatin Beriashvili

Saba Literary Award was established in 2003 by TBC Bank and Pen Centre of Georgia. The aim of the award is to identify best books and authors in various categories.

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Chatbots and the Alternative Versions of Books PRESENTATION

Speaker(s): Sandro Asatiani Moderator: Zura Jishkariani

Zura Jishkariani and Sandro Asatiani will discuss how modern technology and artificial intelligence change and modify the future of storytelling. Books shall continue their existence in various forms. Imagine that, one day, books may become living, interactive data bodies, with an ability of direct communication with the reader. Chatbots may entirely change the way we think about reading and acquaintance with books.


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The Destiny of t he G eo r g i an bo o k – Toda y a n d To m o r row

Publishing Programs of Three Guest of Honour countries at Frankfurter Buchmesse DISCUSSION

Speaker(s): Gvantsa Jobava Tiia Stranden Margit Walso

Participant organizations: Georgia – Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association (GPBA); Finland - Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI), Norway - Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA)

Moderator: Simone Bühler

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Within the panel discussion format, speakers of the event shall discuss the significance of the Guest of Honour publishing program at Frankfurter Buchmesse, and active involvement of publishers within this program, which has become one of the most acute issues of recent years. Representatives of the Finnish, Georgian, and Norwegian Guest of Honour projects shall discuss their experience, implementation of this year’s program, and future expectations, focusing on those benefits that the program provides for publishers.

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The Role of Type in Brand Design (and Commercial Communication) PRESENTATION

Speaker(s): Jürgen Siebert Moderator: Tinatin Beriashvili

We know it from correspondence: writing conveys personality. But this also applies to the printed texts. Some printed matter reflects the personality of a nation – which is very true of Georgian – others give personality to institutions and brands. Jürgen Siebert (Director Marketing Monotype, Berlin) will show why type plays a decisive role in commercial communication, especially in the industrialized markets of Europe and North America. Learn how type gives companies and brands an unmistakable voice.

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Contemporaries Within the framework of this series, Georgian Publishers, along with German publishers, shall present books by their common Georgian authors, which both sides find mutually significant and interesting. Discussions shall include the most recent books by the authors participating in the event (existing only in the Georgian language and requiring translation), and the purchase of the copyright of particular authors.


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Falling Apart by Davit Gabunia BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Books in Batumi Publishing Rowolht Berlin Speaker(s): Davit Gabunia Mariam Korinteli Moderator: Wilhelm Trap

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The Third Shore by Luka Baqanidze BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Palitra L Publishing Klak Verlag Speaker(s): Luka Baqanidze Maia Aludauri Moderator: Jörg Becken

Falling Apart - family life of Zura and Tina seems to be flowing smoothly, in a perfect routine, and seems to be just what ‘a family life’ should be… in the hot summer of 2012, however, the idyll is turned upside down when other people enter their everyday life, and hitherto unknown and unexperienced passions prove to be destructive. Davit Gabunia’s depiction of the reality in this debut novel is entirely based on the character perspective. The reader, thus, follows the events of the novel as seen by the characters themselves, each of whom has a truth of their own, incompatible as it is with other people’s reality, in this world of broken images.

The Third Shore is a strange, unknown land, the world that is both, very distant and extremely close to us. The novel depicts places inhabited by beggars and homeless people, the lords of underground passageways, abandoned parks, and the darkest corners of the city. As the novel progresses, the shore – the dirty, sinful, and evil land of savage, mad, and uncontrolled desires, begins to unveil itself as a place of unravished innocence, delicacy, excitement, and sacred values, thus being wonderfully close to the Maker.

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Royal Mary continues the tradition of the adventurous cycles of the 19th century Tbilisi begun by the previous novel the Ottoman March. The novel is filled with the allusions and historical references / events. Mysterious disappearance of a racehorse from Alikhanov’s stables attracts the attention of Louis Albrais, a descendant of the French Dukes of Aquitaine. In his pursuit of the thieves / criminals, Albrais comes across several dead bodies. The murders seem to be ordered by the German and British intelligence services. Disappearance of the horse proves to be a small part of the large game, which is followed by occurrence of many unexpected events…

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Kote Jandieri’s Globalization: A Georgian story is considered a masterpiece of Georgian short prose of the 21st century. A man from the Kakheti region tales how the tumult of the whole country - from the beginning of the Soviet period until the 1990s - befell the inhabitants of a small village. This is short couse of Georgian culture and history, told imaginatively. It represents the short guide to Georgian history and culture designed with the author’s high fantasy.

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Royal Mary by Abo Iashaghashvili BOOK PRESENTATION

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Publisher(s): Diogene Publishers Fototapeta Speaker(s): Abo Iashaghashvili Zaza Shengelia Moderator: Andreas Rostek

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Globalization A Georgian Story BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Diogene Publishers Klak Verlag Speaker(s): Kote Jandieri Natia Mikeladze-Bachsoliani Moderator: Zaza Shengelia


Series:

Georgia Made by 33 Characters

Events in this series cover Georgian culture and the history of its development, namely those aspects and issues that form Georgian Characters, in the context of Georgian personality, emotional type, history, politics, art, literature, and culture, in general. In this series, Georgian publishers and authors will present books on the following issues: the history of Georgian alphabet, the first democratic republic of Georgia, visual arts, literature, and the Georgian book.


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33 Emotions BOOK PRESENTATION

33 Emotions by Ekaterina Togonidze

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Publisher(s): Palitra L Publishing Speaker(s): Ekaterine Togonidze R. Michael Cowgill Moderator: Maia Aludauri

33 Emotions is a contemporary version of ancient Praise and Exaltation of the Georgian Language. It is a combination of documentary texts and fiction, and an illustrated anthology, which aims to draw the reader’s attention to the Georgian language and its alphabet. The book is a product of collaboration between writer Ekaterina Togonidze and painter Rusudan Petsviashvili.


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The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Poezia Press ZED Books Speaker(s): Eric Lee Natalia Alhazishvili Renata Kasprzak Moderator: Dr. Kay Schweigmann-Greve

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33 Tales of the Georgian Book by Gaga Lomidze BOOK PRESENTATION

Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Associations Speaker(s): Gaga Lomidze Moderator: Gvantsa Jobava

The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution, 1918-1921 by Eric Lee has already been a subject of 30 articles and reviews, with some of them printed in influential publications, including the New York Times. The Experiment discusses Georgia as the first country, where social-democratic party came to power through elections. The author attempts to imagine and contemplate on what the social-democratic state might have looked like had it not been destroyed by the Bolsheviks. The book also analyses the context and the background for the establishment of the first Georgian republic (1918-1921), including the story of the short-lived Guria Republic in 1905 that preceded the formation of the independent state in 1918. One chapter is entirely devoted to the visit of the Second International leaders to Georgia, 1920.

The chapters of this book tell various tales of literacy, reading, and books in Georgia since the ancient times until today. These tales include the following: the myth of the Golden Fleece; the oldest Georgian inscriptions; first Georgian press and printed books; literary salons of the 19th century; Georgian futurists; Georgian nominee of the Nobel Prize; Literary Bohemia of Old Tbilisi; banned books; underground publications and “samizdats” of the Soviet period; the erotic book; literary orders, etc.

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Georgia: A Cultural History through the Wardrop Collection by Nikoloz Aleksidze BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Bodleian Library Publishing Speaker(s): Nikoloz Aleksidze Gillian Evison Moderator: Samuel Fanous

This publication is devoted to the centennial of the declaration of the First Georgian Republic. The book tells the story of the English translation of the Knight in the Panther’s Skin by Marjory and Oliver Wardrops, and analyses their collection preserved in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The collection includes manuscripts, old printed books, letters, and archive documents since the seventh century until the twentieth century. Speakers will also discuss future publications that will be based on this collection.


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Literary Bridges

In this series, Georgian and foreign participants will present the results and consequences of literary collaboration – translation projects, collections, academic publications, etc. The series aims at the demonstration of those relationships that Georgian literature and book sector has with world literature and book sector.


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The Eighth Life (For Brilka) by Nino Kharatishvili

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PRESENTATION OF THE NOVEL’S GEORGIAN TRANSLATION AND THE OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLISHING COLLABORATION

Publishers: Frankfurter Verlagsantsalt Intelekti Publishing Speaker(s): Nino Haratischwili Gvantsa Jobava

The publishers and Nino Haratischwili will talk about the reader’s reception of the author both in Germany and in Georgia; the path that the third novel had to go through from its publication in German to becoming a bestseller (The Spiegel considered this books as “the novel of 2014”); and the path that the recently printed Georgian edition has ahead. The speakers will discuss the specific nature of translation process when the author actually knows the language of translation; expectation of the Georgian reader from the book that describes a Georgian family saga over the course of a hundred years, while also bringing life into a number of significant events and occurrences from the history of Georgia.

Moderator: Joachim Unseld

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Literary Lighthouses

Meeting of Authors

Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili will read from her book Who killed Chaika? Typical for her style is that there is a profound story behind the crime story. She will be accompanied by the German writer Claudia Rusch, who was a guest of the Goethe-Institut Georgia for four weeks as part of the “Literary Lighthouses” project. She’ll read from her travel impressions.

READING/TALK

Organizer of the event: Goethe-Institut Georgia Speaker(s): Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili Claudia Rusch Moderator: Stephan Wackwitz

Event Language: German*


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GeorgianGerman Academic Collaboration PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

Speaker(s): Eva Geulen Giga Zedania Moderator: Zaal Andronikashvili

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Berlin Centre for Literary and Cultural Research has been studying the literature and culture of Georgia in recent years. The centre and Ilia State University have collaborated successfully for more than 10 years: 5 research projects have been conducted, and five books were published, two of which are monographs concerning Georgia. University rector Giga Zedania and Eva Geulen, the director of the Centre for Literary and Culture Research will discuss the past collaboration, future projects, and present monographs: Kandna(h)me Georgien. Studien zur kulturellen Semantik (Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2018) – authors: Zaal Andronikashvili, Emzar Jgerenaia, Franziska Thun Hohenstein; Sonniges Georgien. Figurationen des Nationalen im Sowjetimperium (Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2015) – authors: Giorgi Maisuradze, Franziska Thun-Hohenstein. Speakers will also present Modernization in Georgia: Theories, Discourses and Realities (Editor: Giga Zedania). (Peter Lang, Bern / Berlin, 2018. Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe, vol. 17).

The book is aimed at advanced learners of Georgian who have a basic command of most grammatical features of the language and wish to familiarise themselves with Lit erar y B r idges relatively simple literary texts in order to Georgisches expand their vocabulary and their knowledge about Georgian culture and literature. It Lesebuch: contains short stories in their Georgian Georgisch-Deutsch original and translated German versions in parallel text. Among the selected authors BOOK PRESENTATION are distinguished literary personalities of the twentieth century (Ana Kalandadze, Speaker(s): Gaga Nakhutsrishvili, Lia Goderdzi Chokheli, Erlom Akhvlediani) as well Abuladze, Ketevan Kighuradze as representatives of a younger generation of Georgian writers (including, for example, Moderator: Gaga Nakhutsrishvili). Jonas Löffler O c

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Publishers speak At the events held within the framework of this Series, Georgian publishers discuss selected issues that are of special interest or significance to them, including their projects, aims, and objectives. The discussions concern various topics, whether it is the authors, general competence and experience in publishing industry, or any particular edition.


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Small Publishing Houses in Georgia DISCUSSION

Speaker(s): Natalia Alhazishvili Giorgi Arziani Irakli Beridze

Publishers and representatives from three Georgian publishing houses, established at various periods, shall discuss the features of Georgian publishing industry, and the specific nature of small publishing businesses, including their experience, interests, development prospects and opportunities, challenges, and achievements. The presented publishing houses will be: Poezia Press, Remedas and Creative Angel Publishing.

Moderator: Stefan Weidle

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Whirlwind of Orange Dandelions

by Tamar Tandashvili BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Siesta Publishing Residenz Verlag Speaker(s): Tamar Tandashvili Ketevan Kighuradze Moderator: Jessica Beer

The novel follows the everyday life and reality of a trauma therapist, while also assembling a large mosaic of the life in Georgia by combining personal stories of her patients, friends, and relatives. The author manages to construct a powerful narrative concerning the victims of sexual or physical abuse, and unveils / unmasks the cultural camouflage that taboos the problems of violence in the society. The sense of the tragic in the novel is alleviated and balanced by the presence of humor in the narrative. The author shall discuss how her experience as a psychologist and therapist helped her to write the novel.

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Novels of Zaira Arsenishvili Testimony of Soviet Repressions

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PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

Publisher(s): Zebra Publishing Speaker(s): Lana Ghoghoberidze

Zaira Arsenishvili came from a family that suffered repression during the Soviet period. She witnessed the events of the Great Purge of 1937. The novel tells of the period after the Soviet invasion / Sovietization of Georgia, which began in 1921, subsequent to the establishment of the Bolshevik rule. The narrative, however, is not a piece of documentary prose, and the abovementioned events are fictionalized. The author and her works shall be discussed by publisher Maka Kasradze and director Lana Ghoghoberidze, the latter of whom has previously collaborated with Zaira Arsenishvili on various screenplays.

Moderator: Mariam Kasradze

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Publishers of Children’s Literature from Georgia DISCUSSION

Speaker(s): Rusudan Mosidze Tamuna Ninikashvili Lia Shalvashvili Moderator: Erika Hornbonger

Three publishers of children’s literature shall discuss the history of their activity, and their publishing houses, including most recent Georgian publications of the genre, and other interactive projects that are developed for young readers in Georgia. The presented publishing houses will be: Bakmi Publishing, Publishing House Dila and Publishing House Shemetsneba.


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Business Lunches – Culinary Book Presentations

On the 10th, 11th, and 12th of October, Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association hosts business lunch events at the national stand. First 30 minutes of the lunch events are allocated to the presentation of several Georgian culinary books by their authors and publishers. Professionals and experts of the publishing industry from various countries are invited to attend the lunch. Georgian publishers will be able to communicate with their foreign colleagues during the lunch, in the informal circumstances.

Duration of the business lunch event is one hour (13:00-14:00) Â Book presentations will cover 30 minutes of the event (13:00-13:30)


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Be My Guest & Untamed by Ana Saldadze

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BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Sulakauri Publishing Leopold Stocker Verlag Speaker(s): Ana Saldadze Tina Mamulashvili Davit Gigauri Moderator: Wolfgang DvorakStocker

Be My Guest – the Georgian Recipe for Cooking Success tells the story of several prominent Georgian expatriates who, thanks to their professional skills, used food and hospitality as a universal language that made all barriers fall. The authors have carefully selected recipes made by Georgian celebrities living abroad, including George Balanchine, the founder of the New York City Ballet; Prince Bagration, the illustrious general of the Napoleonic Wars; the “Marrying Mdivani” siblings; amongst others. This book of exquisite photographs is the finest illustration yet of Georgia’s unique cuisine. Containing not only superb images of the already prepared dishes, it also explains how to cook them. In addition, it offers the true spirit of cooking with stories and essays on the subjects of Tamada tradition (toasting), cookery, and techniques to enchant your guest.

Untamed On the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, on the current territory of Georgia, archaeological findings have confirmed that men have been making wine as early as 6000 years B.C. Nowhere else has a culture and history of a nation been so closely linked to that of vine than in Georgia. Untamed is an invitation to discover that unique relationship between Georgian people and their wine; to explore the different grape varieties and the joyful philosophy of life of a small nation that has much to offer to the world.


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Savoring Georgia: A Personal Journey through Time and Taste by Rusudan Gorgiladze BOOK PRESENTATION

Publishers: Cezanne Publishing House Conte Verlag Speaker(s): Rusudan Gorgiladze Stefan Wirtz

This book is the first to discuss the cuisine and festive traditions of Georgia in the context of world culinary culture. In order to identify the unique “Georgian flavour”, the author discusses it in contrast with other flavours and tastes. The book takes us on a journey through time and space, as the stories that concern the introduction of various food products and spices to Georgia come from various periods throughout the history of the world. This is not a cookbook (although it has some representative recipes), but is an exciting armchair journey through time and space as we follow the trail of the basic foodstuffs and spices used in Georgia to create this ‘flavour’. This book is lavishly illustrated, and it is written in popular fiction style.

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Prediction with Jam by Diana Anfimiadi BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Books in Batumi Publishing Wieser Verlag Speaker(s): Diana Anfimiadi Mariam Korinteli Moderator: Erika Hornbogner

The main concept of Prediction with Jam is centred on three components: taste, memory, and literature. Autobiographical accounts, historical narrative, and culinary shades of the world’s literary masterpieces, social and political themes, literary criticism, and linguistic quests combine with cooking recipes, many of which have been lost in the flow of time, and, thus, have to be read and cooked anew. The book is illustrated by Mariam Gugushvili.

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Series: Con(Text)

The Con(Text) Series presents literary texts and authors within those particular social and cultural contexts that have been partially conditioned and shaped by several processes in recent history of Georgia - development of Georgian publishing industry and emergence of new authors, establishment of democracy and freedom of speech, etc.


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Georgia as Seen from the Streets of Berlin BOOK PRESENTATION

Tourist’s Breakfast by Zaza Burchuladze Publisher(s): Sulakauri Publishing Aufbau Verlag Speaker(s): Zaza Burchuladze Tina Mamulashvili

Zaza Burchuladze is a scandalous Georgian author, who writes in the genre of satire and employs the narrative style of stream-ofconsciousness. Currently, Burchuladze lives in Germany, and he is one of the bestselling authors / one of the widely read authors of the country. Burchuladze and his publishers will present his final novel, which was written after his emigration to Germany: Tourist’s Breakfast is a book of images, details, and personae / personalities. The author wanders through the streets of Berlin, reflecting on his past life in Georgia as viewed from within the context of German cultural space.

Moderator: Constanze Neumann

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20 Years with Three Authors DISCUSSION

Sulakauri Publishing and its Authors Speaker(s): Aka Morchiladze Lasha Bugadze Dato Turashvili Moderator: Tina Mamulashvili

In 2018, Sulakauri Publishing shall be celebrating 20 years of collaboration with three most famous Georgian authors: Aka Morchiladze, Lasha Bugadze, and Dato Turashvili. Tina Mamulashvili, CEO of Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, together with the three authors, will discuss the details of this collaboration at this meeting, focusing on the importance and necessity of sound business relationship / partnership between writers and publishers.

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Zura Abashidze shall present his book and discuss Georgian queer literature – he will tell the audience of his own experience as a gay author, including the impact of his sexuality on his professional and writing career, and the problems that he had to face both personally and professionally when coming out as gay. Abashidze will further review contemporary attitude towards LGBT issues in Georgia.

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The author shall discuss censorship issue, and reflect on his own experience, including the events that followed the publication of his first book in 2010. The book was considered blasphemous among the religious or fanatic circles, and protests were held to withdraw it from sale. Erekle Deisadze will also talk about his social activity as a performer: in 2012, he founded a punk-rock group In 40 Kilometres, and directed videos of political content.

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Gay/Queer Literature How to kill Billy Elliot by Zura Abashidze BOOK PRESENTATION

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Publisher(s): Books in Batumi Publishing Grossenwahn Verlag Speaker(s): Zura Abashidze Mariam Korinteli Moderator: Elena Hein

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Authors and Censors Otar the Queer by Erekle Deisadze BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Intelekti Publishing, Mitteldeutscher Verlag. Speaker(s): Erekle Deisadze Gvantsa Jobava Anastasia Kamarauli Moderator: Roman Pliske

His latest collection Otar the Queer unites four stories. The author attempts to draw the reader’s attention to the most acute problems of contemporary life: children living in the streets, abuse of women, issues concerning sexual minorities, dominance of clichés and stereotypes, government’s indifference to these problems, etc.


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Turning Points of Georgian Literature

This series presents the most important works of Georgian literature. The events shall include the following: the beginning of the history of Georgian Literature, its further development, and a chronological review of the present events; also the understanding of literary texts in their original and contemporary contexts.


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Shushanik as the Origin DISCUSSION

Publisher(s): Leipziger Literaturverlag

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Speaker(s): Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili Moderator: Barbara Lehnerer

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Rustaveli in Translation

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Publisher(s): Cezanne Publishing House Reichert Verlag Speaker(s): Lyn Coffin Ana Gogokhia Ursula Reichert Moderator: Lela Dumbadze

The Martyrdom of Queen Shushanik is a text of major significance not only due to the fact that it is the oldest surviving piece of Georgian literature, which was written in the fifth century, but also because this small text is a wonderful novel in a certain sense. It includes a game of passions, great love, and great betrayal, an eternal story of the woman and the man. A single wrong step results into a clash and conflict of interests between two strong personalities. The book goes beyond the limitations of hagiography. The book includes brilliant dialogues, details of everyday life, descriptions of nature, and unforgettable characters. Modern Georgian reader has no difficulty in reading the original of this text that was composed so many centuries ago, fining many familiar words and breath-taking metaphors. The German translation by Elene Amashukeli is equally pleasant and wonderful. Shota Rustaveli’s 12th century epic The Knight in the Panther’s Skin is one of those immortal texts in world literature that never loses significance, and remains actively published in various languages and various forms – poems, narrative, or graphic novels. Speakers will present the English and Georgian translations of the Knight in the Panther Skin; also, a Bibliography of the Editions of the Knight in the Panther Skin by Cezanne Publishing House, which depicts the complete odyssey of various editions of Rustaveli’s magnum opus.


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Otar Tschiladze – History of Georgian Folk’s spirit PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

Publisher(s): Arete Matthes & Seitz Berlin Speaker(s): Gia Darsalia Kristiane Lichtenfield

Otar Chiladze, a classic of world literature who was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, was committed throughout his life to Georgia’s independence, against the superiority of Russian, later Soviet influence. Building on the European narrative tradition, his prose works, shaped by an unconventional, poeticassociative language, unfolded an epic breath that recalls Marquez’ magical realism in its richness of images and symbols. Since 1980, his extensive, world-creating novels have been translated into German. Matthes & Seitz Berlin has published his novels The Garden of Dariatschangi, The Basket and Awelum.

Moderator: Alexander Kartozia

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Antonio and David Rediscovered by New Generation Novel by Jemal Karchkhadze PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

Publisher(s): Karchkhadze Publishing Leipziger Literaturverlag Speaker(s): Viktor Kalinke Moderator: Maia Panjikidze

Jemal Karchkhadze’s works met with fierce criticism from the literary critics of the Soviet Union. After Georgia’s independence, his work was rediscovered by a new generation and his popularity grew steadily.

Antonio and David is one of those rare cases in which taut narrative and high thought merge masterfully. Thanks to its elegant style and fluid writing technique, the novel is accessible to any reader interested in history, while at the same time offering an aesthetic language pleasure for the literary connoisseur.

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Working language of the evets – German (with few exceptions*)


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Who Writes, Who Publishes? In this series, poets, and their Georgian and foreign publishers will present several poetry collections and respective foreign editions; they will also discuss the following: experience of their collaboration; past and present of their partnership; and popularity of contemporary Georgian poetry in Georgia and abroad.


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Speak to me, Angelina by Besik Kharanauli BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Intelekti Publishing Dağyeli Verlag Berlin Speaker(s): Besik Kharanauli Gvantsa Jobava Norbert Hummelt Moderator: Mario Pschera

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Requiem for the Living by Zviad Ratiani

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Publisher(s): Diogene Publishers Klak Verlag Speaker(s): Zviad Ratiani Zaza Shengelia Moderator: Jörg Becken

Besik Kharanauli is an outstanding personality of the Georgian literary landscape. He is one of the most famous and popular poets of the present day. Participants of the event will present the poetry collection Speak to me, Angelina. How do you graphically capture the spirit of poetry of one of the most unconventional and remarkable Georgian poets nominated for the Nobel Prize? In Kharanauli’s poetry, an obsession with detail and thinking in steps of the century, subtle eroticism and rough mockery come together and make reading a long-lasting experience.

Zviad Ratiani is an expressionist poet. The themes and iconographic images have an emotional effect on him. The mood appropriates the poet, gives him - not so rarely and also quite excessively - impulses, gives him energy. But precisely at this critical moment he becomes the controller who manages to empower himself of the creative process, to expel it into its limits and to find the optimal form. Participants of the event will present the poetry collection Requiem for the Living.

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Dictatorship of Poetry by Zurab Rtveliashvili BOOK PRESENTATION

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How did readers accept the extravagant poet’s specific voice and how does Zurab Rtveliashvili cooperate with two different publishers?

Publisher(s): Intelekti Publishing Klak Verlag Speaker(s): Zurab Rtveliashvili Gvantsa Jobava Sabine Schiffner Moderator: Jörg Becken

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Georgiens Herz BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Grossenwahn Verlag Speaker(s): Lela Samniashvili Rezo Getiashvili Moderator: Elena Hein

The most recent poetic collection of works by Zurab Rtveliashvili, The Dictatorship of Poetry was almost simultaneously published in Georgian, German, and English in 2017-2018. A year earlier, the book appeared in Swedish. Two publishers from Georgia and Germany speak about their choice of publishing the performer poet’s book in poetry.

The anthology Georgiens Herz presents thirty-three Georgian poets with two poems of each one. The book highlights the major course and development of Georgian poetry from the beginning of 20th century to nowadays. In the anthology, one can find both the classics of Georgian poetry and the poets who recently started their literary career; the ones without whom it is impossible to grasp the overall picture of Georgian literature and the ones who are not considered to be the part of the mainstream.


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History in Retrospect The series includes those events, at which Georgian and foreign publishers, and organizations shall present their non-fiction projects. The latter shall reinterpret and summarize certain events from the history of Georgia based on historical facts, photos, oral stories, architectural monuments, or other artifacts.


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GermanGeorgian Digital Archive WEBSITE PRESENTATION

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Speaker(s): Anna Margvelashvili Tamar Gurchiani Moderator: Barbara von Münchhausen Organizers: Goethe-Institut Georgien in collaboration with SOVLAB (Soviet Past Research Laboratory/Georgia)

The German-Georgian Digital Archive is a project made possible through special funds of the German Federal Foreign Office distributed by the German Embassy in Tbilisi and through the Goethe-Institut Georgien in 2017. It collects and documents sources of the 200-yearlong relations between Germany and Georgia. It provides an open and constantly expanding virtual space for interested parties in Georgia and Germany: individuals, institutions and groups can use and contribute documents. All those interested can file materials from their family archives, document their individual point of view on the German-Georgian history (and its corresponding stories) and make them accessible to the public. In the years to come a documentary and audio-visual database will be created, which will support both revision and study of the common past. The commitment of all interested is supposed to record people’s traces and voices, whose experiences have traveled below the radar of official historiography across times. Through them the archive ought to develop into a continuously growing source catalogue.


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(S)hero(es) – Other Stories of August War 2008 BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher: Books in Batumi Publishing Speaker(s): Salome Benidze Dina Oganova Mariam Korinteli Moderator: Maia Panjikidze

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100 Years 100 Photos. Georgia 1918-2018 & 08.08.08 PRESENTATION OF BOOKS

Publisher(s): Publishing House Indigo Speaker(s): Nino Lomadze Tamar Babuadze Moderator: Maia Panjikidze

The photo book recounts the story of the Russian-Georgian War of 2008, as seen and told by women. (S)hero(es) is an attempt to restore the timeline of war, and, at the same time, explore the other side of it. Women rarely begin, or directly participate in wars, only very few of them joining the army. Therefore, historical chronicles and data seldom mentions their names. In truth, however, they are the ones that suffer the most, while their strong willpower frequently determines the outcome of war, and the lives of many people. And, (S)hero(es) is the story of precisely such women - heroes left alone in the backstage of war. Nino Dzandzava and Lasha Bakradze, authors of 100 Years 100 Photos. Georgia 1918-2018 book, combine several researches carried out in the National Archives. Based on the detailed study and analysis of photo-material and written documentation, the authors are able to illustrate the most significant event of each year since 1918 until today. The book covers past decades and their major occurrences. In this unique manner, and with a great focus on Georgia’s independence, the authors have managed to compile a kaleidoscope calendar of the century.

08.08.08 (author: Nino Lomadze), based on oral storytelling, includes the personal stories told by participants of 2008 RussoGeorgian war. Issues to be discussed at the event include the memory of war and trauma. How intense, sensitive, and painful collective or personal memory of war can be now, 10 years after war? What is the life like for the refugees, for those who were left without homes? How can Georgia use or control such memory of the war?

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Photo book Tbilisi. Archive of Transition - Ambitious building projects and foreign investments are constantly changing the original sight / look of the city. Such practically ruthless urban development is an issue of ongoing debates: what should be preserved, and what may undergo alterations? What can be sold, and what should be deemed as public property? Urban developers, architects, and civil activists discuss their views and the meaning of such changes, including the subsequent impact of alterations on the sight of the city. Texts are accompanied with image printed materials and photoessays.


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Art and Literature

In this series, we are going to present those books that unite texts, photographs, and illustrations, i.e. artbooks or graphical novels inspired by particular literary texts, and created with the collaboration of visual artists and writers.


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Karlo Kacharava and Germany CATALOGUE PRESENTATION

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Speaker(s): Irena Popiashvili Moderator: Stephan Wackwitz Organizer: Goethe-Institut Georgien

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Tamar, Where Are You? PHOTO-BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Bt:st Verlag Speaker(s): Andreas Oetker-Kast Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili Moderator: Maia Panjikidze

Short event description: Karlo Kacharava (1964-1994) was a poet, a painter and an art critic. He studied art history at the Tbilisi State Art Academy where neoimpressionism, popular with official Soviet artists of the late 1970s and ‘80s, was the prevalent trend among local professors. Socialist Realism and Soviet neorealism created a cultural vacuum for the late eighties Georgian avant-garde artists. Kacharava’s knowledge of literature, art history and his admiration of German expressionism can be interpreted as Katcharava’s choice of German art as an adopted predecessor not only for his own work but for Georgian avant-garde artists (the Tenth Floor group and Marjanishvili Theaterstudio group), for whom he played the role of ideologist and a spokesperson.

Tamar was the queen of Georgia ruling the country at the end of the 12th century, leading Georgia to the peak of its golden age – today, after centuries of foreign occupation and countless armed conflicts, Georgia presents itself as an aspiring republic. Tamar, Where Are You? is a photo-text book initiated by the German photographer Andreas Oetker-Kast and his long term photographic exploration of Georgia, in which the perspective is extended by stories of Georgian photographers and authors. This dialogue of positions leads to a deeper insight into a truly fascinating country. With contributions by: Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili, Andreas Oetker-Kast, Dato Turashvili, Dina Oganova, Giorgi Shengelia, Giorgi Tabliashvili, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Natela Grigalashvili, Tinatin Kiguradze, Vakho Khetaguri, Yuri Mechitov


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Wanted: A Hero for the 21st Century

Shota Rustaveli’s great poem The Knight in the Panther’s Skin, written 800 years ago, is still a central element of Georgian culture. How can such a work be updated? Artist David Machavariani (“Kakadu”) and publisher Tina Mamulashvili, who have just presented an adaptation as a graphic novel, will lead the discussion

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

Speaker(s): David Machavariani Tina Mamulashvili

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Sea - Longing Everyday Life in Georgia BOOK PRESENTATION

Authors: Gaga Nakhutsrishvili (writer) and Tutu Kiladze (artist) Publisher(s): Ciconia Ciconia Speaker(s): Gaga Nakhutsrishvili Vladimir Velminski Moderator: Jonas Löffler

Graphic Novel in Georgian The Knight in the Panther’s Skin Illustrator: David Machavariani

Diving into Georgia. Like everywhere else, people, houses, trees, shops and many other things surround us. Everything is shaped by everyday life that has a little attention. Artist Tutu Kiladze and writer Gaga Nakhutsrishvili pay attention to this everyday life with their fragmented approach and transform it into poetic trails through dreams.

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Discover Georgia The series presents those books and projects that were composed at various times and for various purposes by Georgian and foreign authors. All of them, however, are united with the single theme – Georgia. These books and projects of various genre depict the country from various perspectives, and introduce it to those people, who might not know anything about Georgian history and Georgia. Judging from such format, the series has a partially tourist purpose.


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The Book of Tbilisi BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Intelekti Publishing The Comma Press Speaker(s): Becca Parkinson Zviad Kvaratskhelia Moderator: Gvantsa Jobava

The anthology is a collection of 10 stories by 10 Georgian authors (Dato Kardava, Gela Chqvanava, Erekle Deisadze, Zviad Kvaratskhelia, Iva Pezuashvili, Shota Iatashvili, Rusudan Rukhadze, Lado Kilasonia, Ina Archuashvili, Bacho Kvirtia). The book received many favourable reviews in the British periodicals and electronic media. Stories collected here provide an impressive depiction of lifestyle in contemporary Tbilisi, including the traditions, habits, forms of relationship, feelings, phobias, aspirations and dreams.

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One Traveler’s Diary of Georgia 40 Tage Georgien by Constanze John Publisher(s): MAIRDUMONT GmbH & Co. KG Speaker(s): Constanze John Birgit Berg-Becker Moderator: Maia Panjikidze

Constanze John started her journey through Georgia in the capital city Tbilisi and traveled in all directions, by public transport or by foot. She visited Kazbegi, Sugdidi, Uschguli, Batumi, Bolnissi and also the small town of Gori, Stalin’s place of birth. She traveled to monasteries and cathedrals, had conversations with locals, amongst them a school class in Tbilisi. The journey of Constanze John is a search for the soul of Georgia. Constanze John, born in 1959, lives in Leipzig. Since 1997 she has been working as a freelance author, she wrote for example travel reports for Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio.

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German Architects in Tbilisi by the architectural historian Maia Mania presents biographies and works of German architects and engineers active in Tbilisi in the late 19th and the early 20th century. Shedding light upon the rich architectural legacy left by the Germans in Tbilisi, the book highlights their major contributions to the transformation of urban spaces in Tbilisi. The book tells the story of the foundation and urban evolution of the so-called Neu Tiflis (Tifliser Kolonie) in the then village of Kukia. It traces the development of the settlement of the German colonists, who soon upon their arrival opened various artisan shops, breweries, hotels, restaurants, cinema houses and small and large enterprises. Special attention is given to public gardens, single-family homes with gardens and later tenement houses designed and built for them mostly by German architects and engineers. Offering findings, which result from original research using archival records as well as direct field observations, the book is richly illustrated by design drawings and archival photos as well as those taken by the author in the last two decades (1994-2018).

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Speakers shall present their project – Tbilisi Chatbot. Chatbots change the experience of buyer-seller communication. The city – the artificial intelligence - is an independent guide, which interacts with the visitor itself, and introduces itself through onlineinterviews or chats.

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German Architects in Tbilisi BOOK PRESENTATION

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Tbilisi Chatbot – City Guide as an Artificial Intelligence PRESENTATION

Speaker(s): Zura Jishkariani Sandro Asatiani

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Toma’s Fairy Tale & Bussi and Thussi PRESENTATION OF BOOKS

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Toma’s Fairy tale by Giorgi Kekelidze. University of Georgia Publishing House, Lauinger Verlag. Bussi and Thussi by Bondo Matsaberidze. Bakmi Publishing, Drava Verlag. Speaker(s): Bondo Matsaberidze Giorgi Kekelidze Sonia Lauinger Moderator: Susanne Schmidt

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Giorgi Kekelidze, writer, author of children’s books and general director of the National Library presents his children’s book Toma’s Fairy Tale. Toma does not want to grow up and sets out in search of eternal childhood. He takes us into the world of metaphors and idioms. Together with Toma live the owl, fox, the Queen and many more. Children’s book author Bondo Matsaberidze tells about two little girls, who received as gift two white rabbits. They are just as much alike to each others as the girls do, so the rabbits are asked to distinguish their owners. There are also stories of the village of mushrooms, a singing blackbird and a frog. Language: English

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Iakob Gogebashvili Wonderful Power of the Lullaby

The moving story of kidnapping of a little girl Keto from Georgia to Dagestan was written by the renowned Georgian writer Iakob Gogebashvili. After a successful repatriation by her father, Keto can remember neither her father and mother nor her homeland and her childhood spent there after ten years in the meantime. This is where the lullaby miraculously comes into play.

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Publisher(s): Daltas-Verlag Speaker(s): Helmut Kunkel Moderator: Susanne Schmidt

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The Wisdom of the Lies Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Edition Orient Speaker(s): Stefan Trudewind Otar Karalashvili Moderator: Ekkehard Maaß

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Georgian Fairy Tales Publisher(s): NordSüd Verlag Speaker(s): Herwig Bitsche Otar Karalashvili Roswitha Budeus-Budde Moderator: Christine Paxmann

Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani, writer, diplomat and educator, created this work of world literature around 1700. King Pines, his vizier Sedrak, the eunuch Ruka and Leon, the prince’s educator, argue about how best to educate the king’s son Jumber to become a wise king. Arguments and counterarguments are exchanged in the form of fables, parables and fairy tales - a competition of ideas, wisdom and life experiences.

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Georigians are famed for their enthusiastic telling of stories. The fairy tales collected in „The King Who Couldn’t Laugh“ combine a mixture of realistic and magical elements and provide an insight into Georgia’s rich fairy tale history. The book was developed with the Book Art Centre in Tbilisi and offers not only a glimpse into the narrative tradition of the country but also invites the reader to discover the wide variety of young illustrative talent Georgia has to offer. NordSud publisher Herwig Bitsche, editor Otar Karalshvili and journalist and Georgia expert Rositha Budeus-Budde will discuss the book and Georgian children’s literature. Discussion will be moderated by Christine Paxmann. Language: German

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What Happened in the Zoo. After a Real Event in Georgia by Tea Topuria

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What do the animals in the zoo do when the water comes in and they can suddenly move freely in the city? And how do people react when suddenly a hippo walks in the streets? It could have happened as it is told in this story when the Zoo of Tbilisi was flooded on June 13, 2015. Language: German

BOOK PRESENTATION

Publisher(s): Edition Orient Speaker(s): Tea Topuria Stefan Trudewind Sonia Eliaschwili Moderator: Cornelia Geissler

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Story in Painted Language Publisher(s): Artanuji Publishing Weiser Verlag Speaker(s): Diana Anfimiadi Erika Hornbonger Moderator: Sebastian Minkner

The book is based on drawings by an autistic five-year-old boy. Cooperation between the mother as author and the child as illustrator is designed as an amusing game that could be useful for every parent and child. Colorful stories tell of love and friendship and the mother-son relationship, anger, play, books, and above all of the uniqueness of each person.

Language: German


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12:00»12:30

Location: Business Club – Conference THE MARKETS, The Business Club, Hall 4.0

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Georgian participation at THE MARKETS Participant representing Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association: Gvantsa Jobava

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09:00»12:00

Location: Room Spektrum 2 in the Congress Centre C2

Contemporary Georgian Literature in the World Speech of Tamta Melashvili at IPA General Assembly

Language: English

Business Club Conference – THE MARKETS is searching for outstanding Revenue Models from Georgia. The 20 minutes slot on the 9.10.2018 during the conference is scheduled from 12.00 12.20 pm. The session should provide a short overview of the Georgian publishing market, describe why publishing is on the rise in Georgia and what revenue models do work in the market and why. It should explain the specifications of the markets, is there a revenue model that works outstandingly well? Are there any recent developments? New models?

Contemporary Georgian author Tamta Melashvili will make a 15-minute speech at the IPA General Assembly as a delegate of Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association. The topic of the presentation is contemporary literature in the publishing market of a small country. Successful writer Tamta Melashvili will speak about what it is like to be a writer in Georgia and to be writing in the unique Georgian language, about the process of having your works translated and prospects for reaching out to the world. Founded in 1986, the International Publishers Association (IPA) is the world’s largest union of publishers’ associations. It has 76 member organisations from 65 countries. The IPA General Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the association, and is convened by the president once a year during the Frankfurt Book Fair. The General Assembly determined the general strategy of the association and elects the Directorate of the Executive Committee.


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Location: The ARTS+ Runway

Talking with the Deceased: Why Chatbots are the Future of Storytelling

Based on transhumanist speculations on “informational immortality”, other Futurist sources, fairy tales and alchemist writings, Sandro, Dilla, and their team explore issues of postbiological communication. Imagine that you have a chance to talk with a person, who is no longer alive. It is not science fiction, but highly likely reality. Sandro and Dilla are two Georgian artists, who create new kinds of chatbots, trying to use them for new experimental purposes.

Using artificial intellect and bots, Dilla and Sandro not only bring deceased people back to life, they also breathe life into fictional characters and even cities. Doing so, they create a new Presentation is the part of the form of storytelling (or narration) and Micro-Conference HYBRID readers’ unique experience. Speakers: Sandro Asatiani and Zura Jishkariani (Dilla)

PRODUCTS, HYBRID STORIES: WELCOME TO A NEW CULTURAL ERA (14:00»16:00)

Language: English

You can ask a digital clone, an author, or a fictional character whatever you always wanted to know, wait for their response and build up dialogue with them. In their presentation, Sandro and Dilla will present an exclusive look into the digital toolbox of magic.

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16:00»17:00

Location: Hall 4.1, D 36. Reading Zone of Independent Publishers

Event participants will discuss the role of women in publishing, talk about Georgian female authors, and the career prospects in literary industries for women in Georgia.

Female Perspectives – Publishing in Georgia

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Panel discussion Participants: Gvantsa Jobava (International Relations Manager, Intelekti Publishing / Chairperson of Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association), Tina Mamulashvili (Managing Director, Sulakauri Publishing), Mariam Korinteli Co-founder, Books in Batumi Publishing) Moderator: Britta Jürgs

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13:00»13:30

Location: The ARTS+ Runway

Georgian Typography in Modern Reality Presenters: Akaki Razmadze (Type Designer, Georgia) Akira Kobayashi (Type Designer at Monotype), Bernd Volmer (Type Designer and Font Engineer at Monotype GmbH)

The presentation will cover all important aspects of the development of Georgian typography in conditions of modern technologies. The most important issue of the presentation is the adaptation of one of the oldest scripts to modern standards. Akaki Razmadze will speak about the modern Georgian uppercase letters called Mtavruli, which has already been supported by the Unicode Consortium. Presenter Akira Kobayashi will review non-Latin scripts, including Georgian script. He will discuss those details of their design that play an important role in the creation of fonts.


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Location: Hall 4.0, Room Consens, Frankfurt Book Fair

Where in the World is Your Nonfiction? A Nonfiction Editors Networking Event Speaker(s): Gvantsa Jobava Mark Lowenthal Paula Bradish Moderator: Sebastian Budgen

Discussion in English

Sebastian Budgen, Senior Editor of Verso Books, will moderate a panel titled “Divided We Stand: Publishing at the Margins,” and lead a discussion about what it takes to publish marginalized, controversial, and political topics. The panel will feature Mark Lowenthal, Acquisitions Editor, MIT Press, USA; Paula Bradish, Freelance Editor/Foreign Rights Manager, Germany and Gvantsa Jobava, Intelekti Publishing, Georgia. This event provides a platform for editors to learn more about each other’s programs and talk about the opportunities and challenges editors of quality nonfiction are facing today.

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Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association From the very beginning of its existence, the GPBA (Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association) has taken responsibility for the development and consolidation of the entire publishing sector and has contributed significantly to this cause over the years. In 1996, the Georgian Association of Publishers was established. Two years later, in 1998, it was transformed into the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association, which in 2007 became a member of the IPA (International Publishers Association). Today, around 90% of active Georgian publishers and booksellers are members of the GPBA. The Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association ensures the expression and protection of the common interests of the sector based on the principles of a free market and fair competition at the national and international levels. The Association protects freedom of expression and authors’ rights. It also promotes the formation and refinement of a legal basis that will prove advantageous for the development of the industry. The major goals of the Association include the following: to support the development of the literary process at the national and international levels; to enhance the literacy level of people of various ages, including children and teenagers; to promote intercultural dialogues between people of various professions associated with literature; to improve the current quality of translations of both fiction and non-fiction; and to popularize reading and provide support for various social and public institutions.

Georgia the Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 Publishing Program Team Gvantsa Jobava Head of the Publishing Program

Tinatin Beriashvili Executive Director

Nino Kiknadze Publishing Program Coordinator

Nuka Gambashidze Publishing Program Coordinator

Natia Pavliashvili PR Manager

Teona Chanishvili Designer and Art Director

Tamuna Sordia Financial Manager

Tekla Kveladze Publishing Program Assistant


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საგამომცემლო პროგრამა 2018/ Publishing Program 2018  

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