The future of publishing in Guatemala

The interview in this month’s Criticas with Raul Figueroa moved me. It outlines why he started F & G Editores, one of the few publishers in Guatemala, and the struggles the publishing industry and reading culture face in his country. Here’s a note from the article:

This is a country where books and independent thinking were once considered crimes by the ruling military. Guatemalans are beginning to lose their fear of reading and having access to books.

Also featured in this month’s Criticas is a review of Linaje y racismo, which tells the history of the elite families that control Guatemala. A quote from the review:

Casaús shows that a fundamental aspect of the thinking and activities of these families was a racism that was used to justify suppression of the country’s indigenous majority population.

Guatemala is dear to my heart as I lived there for a short time. Salutaciones, compadres.

Border meditations

I’m heading to Yuma in about a week and have been looking for any Day of the Dead public celebrations I can see. Anybody know of any?

World Digital Library

UNESCO and Library of Congress sign agreement for World Digital Library.

“A key aspect of the project is to build digital library capabilities in developing countries, so that all countries and all regions can participate and be represented in the World Digital Library.”

Rising from the Rubble

Produced by the Sri Lanka Library Association, this 14 minute video details libraries’ recovery effort following the 2004 tsunami.