Poet and literature expert Giorgi Kekelidze spoke online about “Books – Useful and Best Decision”

“In the world, we live, there is an abundance
of space but a lack of time; there is news from around the world every minute,
even every second …”

For those staying at home, the Education
Development and Employment Center continues to organize important and appealing
events online.

On the 8th of April, the event “Books – Useful and
Best Decision” was streamed on “Future Generation’s” Facebook page. Giorgi
Kekelidze, everyone’s favorite Georgian poet, prose writer, essayist, lecturer
and TV presenter, as well as General Director of the National Parliamentary
Library of Georgia, laureate of the “Saba” and “Tsinandali” awards, founder and
chief editor of the online library lib.ge, and last but not least found of the
educational movement #Equilibrium (#
ეკვილიბრიუმი),
hosted the session and was glad to satisfy the young peoples’ curiosity.

“Learning to love a book is impossible. We
must love a book by heart,” so the author. Giorgi suggested all listeners  readjust any kind of book as we can always find there our own stories and lives:
“The greatest books are the easiest and most human ones with people in the
center of the story. Reading books will not make us a better person; reading books
will make us a more interesting person. The more books we read, the more human we
become. Let’s read books and we will be able to find ourselves.”

During a severe worldwide pandemic like this
one, Giorgi emphasized to read such works where faith is the key to winning,
and where physically small creatures – just like us – can withstand great
hardships.

His top three reading recommendations to
manage the crisis:

  • ‘The Last Leaf’ – a short story by William
    Sydney Porter (a.k.a. O. Henry)
  • ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ – a story by
    Richard Bach
  • ‘Salamura’ – a children’s fairytale by Archil
    Sulakauri

Giorgi promised to continue this new friendship
in person once this madness is over. Until then, he sticks to the wise words attributed
to Israeli King Solomon, “This too shall pass.”

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