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Books and Ukraine: Some links
Submitted by EdNewton on Mon, 03/07/2022 - 5:16pm
Here are some links to news about Ukraine publishing, Ukraine books, and books about Ukraine.
- The book in the picture, Grey Bees, is coming out in English translation in April. Here is an interview with the author, Andrey Kurkov, in the New York Times a couple weeks ago. The link should be free for all. The book is set in the separatist Donbas region.
- This Twitter thread by the buyer for Europe’s biggest bookstore, Waterstones Gower Street, located in London, collects recommended reading on Ukraine. He compiled the Twitter thread into an article, which can be read HERE.
- Today, the organizers of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair announced that, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Fair has, "with immediate effect," suspended cooperation with all Russian state institutions in charge of organizing the Russian collective stand for the upcoming Fair, which is scheduled for March 21-24.
- Russia has been conducting a proxy propaganda war against Ukraine dating back to the country’s independence in 1991. One of the nation's weapons has been books, and Russian publishers are known to have flooded the Ukrainian market with cheap paperbacks in an effort to undermine any growth in the local publishing industry.
- A Facebook post from Liliia Solovinska, from the Ranok Publishing House in Ukraine:
P.S. My family is sitting in the bathroom now, because russian tanks are trying to break into the city not so far from us (it was write February 25, 2022). Now February 26. 2022 at 14.04 p.m. we are in the basement. Shooting probably tanks nearby. And they turned off the light. We are sitting in complete darkness, looking at our phones who still has a charge of energy in the battery and mobile internet. We live in Kharkiv Ukraine.❤
- From the website Book Riot: 11 Ukrainian books available in English translation
- Another list of ten Ukrainian books in translation, from the website LitHub: Love Ukraine as You Would the Sun: 10 Ukrainian Books Worth Reading in English
- Over 800 people from all over the world came to hear Ukrainian poetry in the original and in translation in a swiftly organized online reading to support writers whose lives are in danger as Russian forces approach. The event, part of a virtual reading series by Words Together Words Apart, offered a window into the country of Ukrainian poetry, and the literary world currently fighting for its life. The reading was also a chance for an international literary community to come together at this frightening moment.
- Margaret Atwood, Elif Shafak and Salman Rushdie are among over 1000 authors worldwide who have signed an open letter released by PEN International condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.