, founded in 2012, is a new initiative - based in Moscow, New York, and London - established to celebrate Russian literature and Russian book culture. Through innovative programs, projects, and events supporting the English-language translation and publication of Russian works, Read Russia provides international audiences with fresh opportunities to engage - in person, on screen, and online - with Russia's literary leaders and heritage.
Founded in Moscow, New York, and London in 2012 to promote Russian literature, Read Russia
is sponsored by the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication (Moscow) and the Yeltsin Center (Ekaterinburg), with support from the Renova Group of Companies (Moscow), Academia Rossica (London), CEC ArtsLink (New York and St. Petersburg, Russia), the Trust for Mutual Understanding (New York), Little Star Journal
, and the World Policy Institute. Notable members of its current advisory board include James Billington (Library of Congress), Marina Kameneva (Russian Association of Booksellers), and Edward Kasinec (Harriman Institute, Columbia Univ.), as well as independent authors, filmmakers, and publishers. Present projects include The Russian Library
(a projected 125-volume set of Russian literature); Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin
(a documentary broadcast by PBS beginning in December 2013); and Read.Russia!: An Anthology of New Voices
The site also features information about Russian author tours in the US, and the organization's participation in the London Book Fair and Book Expo America. In addition to the annual Read Russia English-Language Prize, awarded in New York, Read Russia sponsors the Read Russia Prize (awarded by Moscow's Institute of Translation), which is the largest prize available to a translator and publisher of a Russian work into a worldwide language.
This evolving website currently features online resources on Russian literature, an online journal and newsletter, a directory of publishers, and information on featured new writers. Over time it should continue to develop into a unique, curated source of images, documents, audio files, and scholarly commentary for research, teaching, and learning.