Posted on October 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s apparently Georgia’s time to shine.

Recently we were told that Georgian food is the current "it" cuisine, at least on the East Coast.

And now its capital, Tbilisi, has been chosen as the 2021 UNESCO World Book Capital.

What that means: Cities seeking to become a World Book Capital apply based on proposed programs that promote and foster reading; the most compelling one earns the title.

Tbilisi’s submission, guided by the slogan “OK, so your next book is ... ?”, will emphasize technology as a tool, not a distraction, to encourage young readers.

For those surprised by Tbilisi’s selection, Publishing Perspectives observes this about Georgia:

With its exotic alphabet and profound history of literary eloquence, Georgia seems to have found a contemporary and often political voice in the post-Soviet world, focusing with great care on maintaining and nurturing its unique linguistic heritage.

Tbilisi will take over from Kuala Lumpur on April 23, 2021; the Malaysian city, in turn, replaces Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on April 23, 2020.

(April 23 is World Book Day, hence the changing of the guard in terms of book capitals.)

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