Latse Journal Volume 8 (2014–2015) has a special focus on the history and development of Tibetan-language periodicals with contributions by Gendun Rabsal, Isrun Engelhardt, Tshewang Tamding, and Chief Editor Pema Bhum. We are also pleased to reproduce the manuscript version of the autobiography of Dorjiev, a significant figure in early modern Tibetan history. Other contributors include Françoise Robin with a book review of a new novel by Tsering Dondrup, and Susan Meinheit, who inaugurates our new feature “Library Spotlight” with a profile of the Tibetan collections at the Library of Congress.

The seventh issue (2011–2012) of the Latse Journal (formerly Trace Foundation’s Latse Library Newsletter) focuses on Tibetan film. Under the guidance of Guest Editor Françoise Robin, the issue traces the arc of filmmaking in Tibet from the 1950s on, with articles and essays by scholars and filmmakers including Pema Tseden, Tenzing Sonam, Robert Barnett, Sonthar Gyal, and Vanessa Frangville. Also featured is a tribute to Gonpo Tsering by Pema Bhum and reviews by Karl Debreczeny and Gendun Rabsal.

The sixth issue of Latse Library Newsletter(2009–2010) has features on Alak Tseten Zhabdrung by scholar Nicole Willock, Tibetan novels by Francoise Robin, and the early British traveller to Tibet, George Bogle, by Gonpo Tsering. Other articles include an introduction to the Taktser Rinpoche Collection at Latse Library, and a profile of our holdings in the Dzongkha language. Book reviews include a series of oral folk literature, one of the earliest children’s books in Tibetan, and a special guest review by youngster Elizabeth Rose Sharp on her favorite children’s book in the Latse collection.

Latse Library Newsletter Volume 5 highlights the life and work of the great modern Tibetan scholar Dungkar Lozang Trinlé—Dungkar Rinpoche—with contributions from his widow, Peyu la, and Pema Bhum. Our news section covers the Tibetan Information Workshop held at Latse in 2007, special guests for the ongoing Lecture Series, and new film acquisitions. Also includes book reviews by library staff, and an introduction and excerpts of the instant modern classic, Naktsang Shilu Kyiduk / The Joys and Sorrows of a Boy from Naktsang.


Volume 4, published in 2006, covers our landmark event—the Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop, held in October 2005. The three-day program included participants from both inside and outside Tibet conducting demonstrations of various calligraphy styles and scripts, paper-making and ink-making sessions, panel discussions, and an exhibit of calligraphic works and writing tools.  You can also find recaps of the Yak Cheese Tasting and Losar Concert 2006, an interview with Tashi Dawa by Patricia Schiaffini, overview of our Children’s Program, and an excerpt of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls in Tibetan.


Volume 3 (2005) features articles by Horkhang Jampa Tendar on Geshe Chödrak, Ramon Prats on the origins of the “Tibet Myth” in western fiction, and Latse’s Pema Bhum on the Dictionary of New Terms.  Also includes coverage of the Losar Concert 2005 with legends Palgön, Tsering Topten Nelung, and Lobsang Palden Tawo, and a tribute to Yidam Tsering by Lara Maconi.


The second volume of Latse Library Newsletter covers the momentous Gendun Chopel Centennial Conference held in the fall of 2003. The Latse conference hosted family and friends of Tibet’s celebrated intellectual, as well as scholars and researchers.  Elliot Sperling interviews Jamyang Norbu on his award-winning book The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes, and Sonam Tsering contributes a profile of the 18th-century Italian missionary to Tibet, Ippolito Desideri.


Our first issue of the Latse Library Newsletter, published in 2003, celebrates the inauguration of Latse Library earlier that year.  Scholar Françoise Robin contributes a piece on the poet Gangs-zhun, and our literary section features a short story by Tsering Dondrup, an excerpt from poet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, and a Tibetan translation of an excerpt from “What is World Literature?” by David Damrosch.