Celebrating Bulgarian Writers: Virginia Zaharieva and Albena Stambolova in Conversation with Asheville's Own Elizabeth Kostova
“Zaharieva packs several genres into one, including but not limited to pastoral idyll, sexual coming-of-age story, and feminist memoir. Ultimately, she presents life in all its messiness and possibility, vivid enough for the reader to almost taste.” --Publishers Weekly on Nine Rabbits
Author VIRGINIA ZAHARIEVA was born in Sofia in 1959. She is a writer, psychotherapist, feminist, and mother. Her novel Nine Rabbits is among the most celebrated Bulgarian books to appear over the past two decades and the first of Zaharieva’s work made available in North America (published by Black Balloon). She is the granddaughter of a gardener.
“Stambolova’s novel is based on the notion that human existence cannot but move toward an inexorable and irrational order: Everything happens the way it has to happen, because this is the way it happens. The characters in Everything Happens as It Does are created on this exact principle.” —Milena Kirova
ALBENA STAMBOLOVA is the author of three novels: Everything Happens as It Does, Hop-Hop the Stars, and An Adventure, to Pass the Time. She has also published a collection of short stories, Three Dots, and a psychoanalytical study on Marguerite Duras, Sickness in Death. Everything Happens as It Does is the winner of the 2013 Contemporary Bulgarian Writers Contest. Stambolova currently lives in Bulgaria, where she works as a psychological and organizational consultant, and is working on a book about fairy tales.
The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation was established in 2007 by the American novelist Elizabeth Kostova (author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves) to support contemporary Bulgarian literature and to foster exchange between Bulgarian writers and the Anglophone world. The Foundation hosts an acclaimed annual international fiction conference at the Black Sea. The Sozopol Fiction Seminars attract exciting new writers working in English or Bulgarian, as well as Man Booker Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, and major book and magazine editors from each language. They also offer a number of annual literary and translation prizes and fellowships to support creative writing and the art of translation.
Books are available for purchase below and will also be available for purchase and signing at the reading.
This event is co-sponsored by Black Balloon Publishing, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, and Open Letter Books.
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