29.05 - 31.05.2012


2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and its Sozopol Fiction Seminars.

As usual we are doing our best to convey the Sozopol line-up to a wider audience in the capital city. The Birthday Edition’s follow-up program “CapitaLiterature” will be on stage in Sofia from May 29 through May 31 and will present: the first Bulgarian issue of the American literary magazine Absinthe, bilingual literary reading, creative writing lectures by the acclaimed American writes Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney, conversation about contemporary literature, reading, and criticism, and more!


Tuesday | 29 May

11:00 Brunch with Absinthe #17
A special issue of the American magazine focused on Bulgaria.
Intro by Dwayne D. Hayes, editor, and Reading by featured authors and translators.
In English | Free admission
+ tova | 30 Marin Drinov Str.

19:00 An International Literary Performance & Party
With Bistra Velichkova, Cab Tran, Delaney Nolan, Garrard Conley, Garth Greenwell, Kathy Flann, Nikolay Fenerski, Nikolay Petkov, Palmi Ranchev, Philip Anastassiu.
In English and Bulgarian | Free admission
The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate | 15 Lyuben Karavelov Str.

Wednesday| 30 May

11:00 “Writing about Trauma”
Brunch and talk with Debra Gwartney.
In cooperation with the Bulgarian Donors’ Forum
In English and Bulgarian | Free admission
Before 10 | 1 Milko Bichev Str.

17:00 “The Geography of the Story”
A lecture by the 2012 distinguished guest lecturer Barry Lopez.
In English | Free admission
British & American Resource Center, University of Sofia | 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.

Thursday| 31 May

10:00 “Blogging and the Social Media: Changing Roles and Rules in Literary Critisism”
A conversation about contemporary literature, reading and criticism.
In cooperation with Next Page Foundation
In English and Bulgarian | Free admission
American Corner | 4A Slaveykov Sq.

18:00 Partner event!
Book-premiere: “Wifeshopping” by Steven Wingate (Ciela Norma, 2012)
In English and Bulgarian | Free admission
Ciela Bookstore (located in the subway next to the University of Sofia) | 22 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd.

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