Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Myanmar bookshop among the selection by IPA

The Myanmar publishing house Our Literature has been shortlisted for the Freedom to Publish award given annually by the International Publishers Association (IPA).

The IPA Freedom to Publish Prize is aimed at highlighting and celebrating the courage and tenacity of publishers around world. This year’s nominees are publishing houses from Belarus, Afghanistan, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam and Myanmar.

“As far as I know, the reason the IPA has selected Our Literature is we had published Tar Tay, the Saturday Born Son, by our late PM U Nu, San Chaung, Insein to Harvard by Ma Thida (San Chaung), and the book A Stone Inscription is Impossible to Erase,” said Myay Hmon Lwin of Our Literature publishing house.

“Our country was banned from international society in the past, although the international media never left us and always kept an eye on us. As a Myanmar publisher, I’m very happy and very encouraged that my publishing house is among the finalists for the Freedom to Publish award.” 

The award will be presented at the London Book Fair on April 8. 

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1896 in Paris. Its role is to promote and protect the publishing industry and to raise awareness about publishing in the context of economic, cultural and political development.

source: Eleven Myanmar
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