By Way of Introduction
I am a writer, editor, publisher, designer and translator. My day job is publisher and editor of Russian Life magazine and president of Russian Information Services, a publishing company I founded in 1990, based in Montpelier, Vermont. RIS is a publisher of original English language books, maps, calendars and periodicals on Russia. Outside my day job I write about running, write and translate fiction, and enjoy running, movies, travel and woodworking.
It has been a busy fall. We released issue 16 of Chtenia (theme: Wisdom & Wit), and of course the Sep/Oct issue of Russian Life. As if that were not enough to keep us busy, we released our two volume set (over 1100 pages) of The Best of Russian Life, our annual Wall Calendar (this year's theme: Moscow), and are readying for press two new books before Christmas. Oh, and our new catalog.
Russia Survival Guide: Business & Travel
This book went through seven editions from October 1990 to November 1996 (and one edition in Korean), at which point I achieved full burnout and decided to stop updating it. The title is currently out of print, but may be available on ebay, Amazon or elsewhere. The Los Angeles Times called RSG, “A treasure house of... indispensable intelligence for any person visiting either of the two great Russian capitals for any reason whatsoever.”
Where in Moscow / Where in St. Petersburg
These are two very popular city guides I designed, edited and compiled alongside the publication of RSG. But, with the appearance of free city guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the late 1990s, these books became untenable.
Moscow & St. Petersburg City Maps
I oversaw the creation of these popular maps, based originally on Cold War CIA maps of Moscow and St. Petersburg. The fine cartography was originally done by Northern Cartographics, of Burlington, Vermont. These have been out of print for a few years, but we are planning to bring them back into print soon. Really.
Bilingual Wall Map of Russia and the Republics
Back when GIS was new, we created this first-ever all GIS-based map of Russia. Again, the cartography was by the fine folks at Northern Cartographic, of Burlington, Vermont (also did original work on the city maps). These popular maps, which have the unique feature of being all in Russian on one side, all in English on the other, are in their second printing since being released in 1996.