35 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212)-362-4618
Fax: (212)-362-5011
Contact: Peter B. Kaufman, President and Executive Director Mary Albon, Associate Director
Officers: Peter B. Kaufman, President and Executive Director Mary Albon, Associate Director
Affiliation(s): Information not available.
Overseas Offices: Existing Partners in the Region: the Czech Centre of International PEN, the Czech Ministry of Culture, the Czech Association of Publishers and Booksellers, the Czech Literary Fund, the Open Society Fund-Prague, the Union of Slovak Publishers and Booksellers, the Ministry of Culture of Slovakia, the Open Society Fund-Bratislava, the Hungarian Association of Publishers and Booksellers, the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Education, the Soros Foundation Hungary, the Polish Chamber of the Book, the Association of the Free Word, the Polish Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, the Warsaw International Book Fair, the Stefan Batory Foundation, the Open Society Fund-Sofia, the Soros Foundation for an Open Society-Cluj, the Task Force Against Book Piracy in Russia, the Russian PEN Centre, the International Cultural Initiative Foundation-Moscow, the Ukrainian Renaissance Foundation, the Ukrainian Ministry of Publishing and Information, the Albanian Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the Open Society Fund-Estonia, the Latvian Publishers Association, the Open Society Fund-Latvia, the Open Society Fund-Lithuania.
Geographical Area: Information not available.
General Description:

PUBWATCH is a nonprofit organization established in May 1990 to promote and coordinate Western assistance to book publishers and booksellers in Central and Eastern Europe. Since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, PUBWATCH has extended its activities to support independent publishing in the Baltic countries, Russia, Ukraine and other newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.

PUBWATCH sponsors, designs and conducts professional education seminars and workshops throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for publishing professionals and educational and cultural policy makers. Educational and informational programs include seminars taught by leading figures in US and West European publishing on the business of book publishing in a market economy; workshops on printing and distribution reform; training schools for booksellers; and the establishment of publishing resource libraries in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. PUBWATCH works with numerous Western professional, philanthropic and governmental organizations to bring assistance programs to the region. These partners include the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers, the US Information Agency, the Soros Foundations, the British Publishers Association, the British Council, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Council of Europe, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

PUBWATCH also conducts a variety of programs in the United States and Western Europe for Western publishing professionals and representatives of foundations and government aid agencies to facilitate assistance to the book sectors of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In 1993, PUBWATCH and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress established the Task Force on Book Development in Russia and the Newly Independent States, which meets twice a year in Washington, DC, and involves the participation of 40 leading American publishing professionals, librarians, government officials and representatives of foundations and other aid organizations. The Task Force develops Western initiatives to assist the book community of the former Soviet Union. In 1994, PUBWATCH is working closely with the International Department of the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize East-West seminars at the Frankfurt fair on the book business in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

PUBWATCH's publications program disseminates information of use to book publishing professionals and policy makers intentionally. Publications include the Directory of Western Organizations Assisting Book Culture in Central & Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Publishing and Book Culture in Russia and the New States, The Book Sector and the State: Relationships in Change and a newsletter, PUBWATCH Update.

Active in: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine.

Project Description:

See General Description.

Donation Sources: Information not available
Citation: PUBWATCH

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