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 soldiers who were forced to

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Books Are Still Cool

Hello all avid readers. We are back with one book for this Olympic summer!!! What at first seemed like an ideal location, Rio, is now beset with troubles and controversy. We thought an appropriate book would take a look back at another Olympiad beset with controversy; hence, this summer’s book is Nazi Games – The Olympics of 1936. To help

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Books Are Still Cool

Hello avid readers. It’s November and once again it’s time to focus on entrepreneurship. During November the U.S. State Department celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week and our Embassy is organizing a host of activities including our monthly book club. This month’s award winning book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey is

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Calling All Tech Entrepreneurs!

Are you a recent entrepreneur, or looking to take your business beyond Latvia? In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Embassy will hold our second-ever Entrepreneurship Seminar on Wednesday, November 4. We plan to bring together top local and U.S. businesspeople and thinkers on entrepreneurship and innovation for a half-day event for promising Latvian entrepreneurs drawn from local small

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. After the summer break (and some of the autumn as well) Books Are Still Cool is back. But the best news is that our book club now has a space to call home – The John F. Kennedy reading room on the 3rd floor of the Latvian National Library with an exquisite view overlooking the Old

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. For the summer book and in celebration of EuroPride presently taking place in Riga, we have chosen The Price of Salt by renowned American psychological thriller author Patricia Highsmith. The post-reading discussion guest will be Rita Ruduša, a seasoned Latvian journalist, author of Forced Underground, a book about the lives of homosexuals in Soviet Latvia, who

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. For the months of April and May we have a real treat to read – Henry Kissinger’s World Order, “which brings together history, geography and modern politics in considering how to balance the competing desires of nations.” (New York Times book review) And, who better as our special guest for the post-reading discussion, a leading Latvian

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. For the month to March, which is Women’s History Month, we have the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning biography on offer –Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, written by the multiple awards winning author of The Peabody Sisters, this book “Delivers a lovely and bumpy coming-of-age story, one of the best such stories nineteenth-century America has to

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. We have a fantastic book on offer for February, which is also Black History Month.Death of a King – New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations. The post-reading discussion will be hosted by Assistant Professor Lauren Monsein Rhodes who

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello all avid readers. We have a great books for January – BUSTED – A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, by Pulitzer Prize winners Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker. Lisa Scottline wrote of the book, “Busted reads like a turbocharged thriller, and the more compelling because it’s true.” We had hoped to get this

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello avid readers. It’s November and once again it’s time to focus on entrepreneurship. During November the U.S. State Department celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week and our Embassy is organizing a host of activities including our monthly book club. This month’s award winning book, Big Bang Disruption – Business Survival in the Age of Constant Innovation, is a timely piece “that

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Calling All Entrepreneurs!

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS! October 28, 2014 Are you a recent entrepreneur, or looking to take your business beyond Latvia? In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Embassy will become a “business incubator for a day” and host an Entrepreneurship Seminar on Thursday, November 13. Top local and U.S. businesspeople and thinkers on entrepreneurship and innovation will lead a full-day

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Books Are Still Cool!

The summer is almost over and the balmy weather is turning towards the cooler side – perhaps it’s time for a good book? Luckily BOOKS ARE STILL COOL is back from summer break to offer you a New York Times bestseller & this club’s first Pulitzer Prize willing book! This book will take us to North Korea and that is

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello avid readers and this month also – lovers of good food! May’s book is the bestselling memoir by the New York a chef Marcus Samuelsson – Yes, Chef. If that doesn’t fill your plate, Riga’s own American-Latvian chef Kārlis Celms, and San Francisco’s Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts graduate, will host the discussion at his restaurant Tvaiks

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello avid readers and this month also art lovers! April’s book is a biographic look at the American painter and draftsman Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). This retrospect on Basquiat contains hundreds of high quality prints as well as interesting insights by those he shared his tumultuous eight years in the New York art scene – including Madonna, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol,

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia

April 29, 2014 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President Vice President Biden met today with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma in the White House. The Vice President underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of our NATO Allies under Article 5. Prime Minister Straujuma thanked the United States for its tangible commitments to Latvia’s security,

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Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andirs Berzins of Latvia

March 19, 2014 Presidential Palace Vilnius, Lithuania 1:20 P.M. (Local) PRESIDENT GRYBAUSKAITE: (As interpreted.) Good afternoon. So today we had an important meeting with U.S. Vice President Biden and Latvian President Berzins. With our partners, we discussed the situation in Ukraine and its impact on the security of the Baltic States and Europe as a whole. I see it as

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Women Play a Central Role in Peace

John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State International Women’s Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a day not just to renew our determination to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place – but to recognize that a world where opportunities for women grow, is a world where the possibilities for peace, prosperity, and

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Setting the Record Straight on Ukraine

March 6, 2014 Claim: We need to return to the February 21 agreement, which the opposition failed to implement. Response: As part of the agreement, the Ukrainian Parliament (the Rada) passed a bill to return Ukraine to the 2004 Constitution. Under the terms of the agreement, Yanukovych had 24 hours to sign this legislation, after which the protesters would need

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2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award

February 13, 2014 The U.S. Embassy nominates Iluta Lace, Director of the Marta Resource Center for Women, for the 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Iluta Lace has demonstrated exceptional courage in raising awareness and advocating for legal protections for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Under Iluta’s leadership, a dedicated team of staff and volunteers

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Books Are Still Cool!

This month, we invite you, our social media followers, to take part in our monthly American reading experience BOOKS ARE STILL COOL! We have read some very interesting books in 2013, and many interesting books, including best sellers have been ordered up for 2014, so don’t be shy and sign up. This month’s book will allow its reader to travel

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Books Are Still Cool!

Hello avid readers. For February, which is also Black History Month, Books Are Still Cool took a road trip to Daugavpils where we read Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning Beloved. Our special guest and major fan of the book, George Steel e gave the reading group in Daugavpils deep insights into African-American culture. For March, Women’s History Month, Books Are

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