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Pulitzer Center Update August 28, 2013

New E-books on the Creatavist Platform

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Desertification is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today...

E-books Available on Creatavist

Several Pulitzer Center publications are now on the Creatavist platform, a journalism and e-book app created by Atavist. Creatavist plays an important role in our strategy to engage readers in under-reported international journalism through interactive reading experiences. iPhone and iPad users can download the app for free. The Pulitzer Center also has used Creatavist to produce versions of the books for Amazon, web browsers and Google Play.

Here are the e-books that are available for free on the Creatavist platform. ("In Search of Home" and "Voices of Haiti" are only available for free through September 3rd.)

"Meltdown: China's Environmental Crisis"
How do you make sense of the enormous scale of China's environmental challenges? With a knowledgeable personal guide. Through beautiful images and engaging storytelling, award-winning photojournalist Sean Gallagher takes readers on a tour to places both familiar, such as China's great megalopolises, and hidden—ancient cities wiped off the map by desertification. Gallagher captures everything from the lifestyle of nomadic herders of Tibet to some of China's iconic animals and landscapes, before they disappear forever. Four chapters—one each on wetlands, forests, desertification and the Tibetan Plateau—move you 10,000 kilometers through China, from delta to glacier. Multimedia features including maps and videos allow readers to can see China as Gallagher does—beautiful and endangered.

"Cancer's Global Footprint: The Economics of a Disease"
Worldwide more people die from cancer than from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria—combined. Yet until recently, cancer was almost ignored by the global health groups, charitable organizations and governments working to improve conditions in developing countries. Joanne Silberner looks at cancer issues in Uganda, India and Haiti. How do people experience cancer when they have no money for care, or when no care is available? What are the causes of cancer in the developing world? Are there inexpensive ways of detecting and treating cancer, and are these ways acceptable to the populations they're aimed at? This project was sponsored by PRI's The World® and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

"Between the Lines: Facial Tattoos and the Chaouia"
Sepia-tinted photos from 50 years ago show striking facial tattoos of women from indigenous populations in Algeria. But the tradition that these women embody is fading like the old photographs. In Algeria today facial tattooing is rarely practiced. One particular indigenous group losing this cultural marker is the Chaouia of the Aurès Mountains in northeastern Algeria. In this project Yasmin Bendaas captures incredible portraits and stories from Chaouia women as she investigate the origins of their tattoos and the impact of Islam on the practice.

"Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey"
Haiti has always been a place of extremes, even more so after the earthquake that shattered the country in early 2010. Among the most affected are those who are also struggling with HIV/AIDS. "Voices of Haiti" tells their stories in a mesmerizing presentation that combines the poetry of Kwame Dawes, the reporting of Lisa Armstrong, the photography of Andre Lambertson, and the music of Kevin Simmonds. This enhanced book is the capstone of a multi-year project by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. "Voices of Haiti" was awarded a star by Kirkus Reviews, and was awarded "Special Recognition" from Pictures of the Year International in their e-book category.

"In Search of Home"
This award-winning book focuses on an under-reported global crisis: statelessness. People who are stateless are not refugees, not exactly. Often they are living in their homes in a country they consider to be their own. Yet they are stateless—without the basic right to get an education, to work in the legal economy, receive health benefits, get married, vote or own property. The cause is often rooted in religion or ethnicity, but even when the stateless are not actively persecuted, they remain the most vulnerable. With reporting by Stephanie Hanes, and photography by Greg Constantine, this interactive book takes you on a journey to the stateless people of Kenya, Burma and the Dominican Republic. The book received the National Press Photographers Association's Best Photojournalism award.

E-books are part of Pulitzer Center's emphasis on innovative approaches to sharing and promoting international journalism. The Pulitzer Center e-books production team has garnered awards and accolades from Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association, Kirkus Reviews and the Webbys.

Questions? Contact Caroline D'Angelo at [email protected].



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