U.S. Embassy Raises Rainbow Flag on May 17 for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Riga, May 17, 2022 – To mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), the U.S. Embassy in Riga raised the rainbow flag today. Representatives from the Saeima, diplomatic community, and Latvian civil society joined Ambassador Carwile for the flag-raising ceremony. “I am proud to continue the Embassy’s tradition of gathering allies and ... Read More»


Hello all avid readers. Each February, the U.S. recognizes and celebrates Black History Month, as does the US Embassy of Latvia with a chance for eight of our social media followers to receive a copy of Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. What is in it for you? A free hard cover copy of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, yours to keep, ... Read More»


Hello all avid readers. Looking for a good post Halloween read as the days get darker and colder from America’s most prolific scary story teller – Stephen King. His latest book, The Institute, is out and we have 8 copies to hand out to social media followers, and an opportunity to discuss the book with ... Read More»

BOOKS ARE STILL COOL! April 20, 2018.

Hello all avid readers.  Books Are Still Cool has something special for April.  American Latvian author Ināra Vērzemniece, and non-fiction creative writing assistant professor at the University of Iowa, will herself join the post read discussion via Skype.  Her book, Among the Living and the Dead, has been critically acclaimed by the New York Times ... Read More»

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. We have a nostalgic delicacy for you this April!! Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking – A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen. The title says a lot, but not all. This fine book is the favorite recent read of Dr. Robert Kellerman, who is an associate professor ... Read More»

Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. March is Women’s History Month and hence, we have chosen a Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by America’s first female recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth!!! This is our guest speaker’s favorite book of all time and he is ready to share his insights and ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador will sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Fulbright Exchange Program in Latvia

Riga, December 14, 2016 – On Friday, December 16, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Pettit, on behalf of the U.S. Government, and the Minister of Education and Science Kārlis Šadurskis, on behalf of the Latvian government, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding of the Fulbright Exchange Program. The Memorandum of Understanding will provide a stronger ... Read More»

Books Are Still Cool

Hello all avid readers. Hello all avid readers. Isn’t this the perfect weather for cozying up with a good book? November’s book was chosen by Member of the Saeima Atis Lejiņš who will also be our guest speaker. An adventurous person who twice travelled to Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion to seek out captured Latvian ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Visits Jēkabpils and Rēzekne

Riga, October 20, 2016 – On October 18-19, U.S. Ambassador Nancy Pettit paid an official visit to Jēkabpils and Rēzkene. In Jēkabpils, Ambassador Pettit met with Mayor Leonīds Salcevičs and City Council officials, as well as with regional NGO youth leaders. On October 19, in Rēzekne, Ambassador Pettit met with Mayor Aleksandrs Bartaševičs and other ... Read More»
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