Tag Archives: Bulgarian writers

Words Without Borders: New Bulgarian Literature

The latest issue of Words Without Borders is devoted to contemporary Bulgarian writing, brought to you by director of the Bulgarian National Book Center Svetlozar Zhelev and translator extraordinaire Angela Rodel. They kick off the issue with a baseball-cap worthy-title essay “Making Bulgaria Great Again” where the case is made for culture being worth saving […]

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Sozopol Seminars: Creative Nonfiction Edition

The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF) is holding the 10th annual Sozopol Seminars, with this year’s edition being the first creative nonfiction edition. The program will take place from June 8-12 in the Black Sea town of Sozopol, Bulgaria with a follow-up in Sofia for the events of CapitaLiterature. A truly impressive lineup of lecturers, guests […]

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Alek Popov at LBF

The 2015 London Book Fair is underway and there is a lot to report in the world of Central and Eastern writing. Bulgarian writer Alex Popov has launched his newest novel Black Box, translated from the Bulgarian by Daniella and Charles Edward Gill de Mayol de Lupe and published by Peter Owen Publishers. He is […]

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Sozopol Fiction Seminars 2015 – application deadline

There are only a few days left to apply for this year’s Sozopol Fiction Seminars that will take place on the Black Sea coastal town of Sozopol from June 18-22. The application deadline is March 20. The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation’s program offers full scholarships for 10 writers to come to Bulgaria – five English-speaking, five […]

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Mission London in New York

Mission London in New York doesn’t sound like the US launch of a Bulgarian novel but that’s exactly what it is, as writer Alek Popov comes to the Bulgarian Consulate in NYC for the official launch of his novel, first published in the UK by Istros Books. The event will be hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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EU Prize for Literature 2014

The winners of the European Union Prize for Literature were announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair meant to recognize “the best new and emerging authors in Europe.” Of the writers from Central and Eastern (really, Southern) Europe it’s a mix between those I’ve heard of and haven’t and those who’ve had something translated into […]

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Diana Petrova in B O D Y

“The effort of saying more than two sentences seemed to exhaust him. I was tempted to conclude he was one of those people who don’t have the vocabulary to talk about their emotions, the kind of person who doesn’t know how to express, let alone discuss his feelings with a stranger.” From an excerpt from […]

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Literalab in Bulgaria

The Sozopol Fiction Seminars take place in Sozopol, Bulgaria from May 29-June 3 with a lineup of Bulgarian and English-language writers and editors in attendance, including yours truly. The seminars are supported by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves, is one of the aforementioned writers leading […]

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Literary roundup: Monumental Georgi Markov and remnants of former regimes

In The Nation there’s a thorough and fantastic article about Bulgarian writer and exiled dissident Georgi Markov titled “A Captivating Mind: How Georgi Markov became the truth-teller of Bulgaria’s communist era, and paid for it with his life.” Playwright, novelist, essayist and journalist, Markov was murdered on orders of the Bulgarian secret service in London […]

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Sofia International Literary Festival

The inaugural Sofia International Literary Festival is underway in the Bulgarian capital, comprising literary participants from Bulgaria and Balkan countries from December 10 – 15. Among the many writers in attendance are Bulgaria’s Georgi Gospodinov, Kristin Dimitrova, Miroslav Penkov and Milen Ruskov; Serbia’s Vladimir Arsenijević, Macedonia’s Goce Smilevski, Croatia’s Ante Tomić and Romania’s Dan Lungu […]

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