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Josip Novakovich, 20 February - 10 April 2017

Josip Novakovich is a writer and academic. He was born in Yugoslavia and grew up in the central Croatian town of Daruvar near the Hungarian border. He left Yugoslavia to avoid service in the Yugoslav People's Army, and moved to the United States at the age of 20. Novakovich is currently professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada). He writes stories, essays, poetry, a novel and book reviews. A recipient of numerous literary awards among which the Whiting Award a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, panelist of National Endowment of the Arts, an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Novakovich was a finalist for The Man Booker International Prize in 2013. He was anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize (three times), and O.Henry Prize Stories.

In Bulgaria he is known for his participation as a guest speaker at the Sozopol Fiction Seminar (2010/11) of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. A short stories collection of his as well as two books on creative writing are translated into Bulgarian:
  • Жълтък и други разкази, изд.: ИК „Сиела", София (2012), прев. Златка Паскалева
  • Курс по творческо писане : Основни принципи, ясни насоки, подкрепени с примери от творчеството на класически и съвременни автори, изобретателни упражнения и методи за оценяване на вашия напредък, изд.: ИК „Сиела", София (2009), прев. Мария Кръстева
  • Курс по творческо писане : стъпка по стъпка, изд.: ИК „Сиела", София (2012), прев. Борис Делирадев, Петя Петкова

His book Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust will be published in Bulgarian in 2017 by ICU Publishing, transl. by Elka Videnova.

As a resident at Sofia Literature and Translation House Josip Novakovich will be working on his new book of short stories.
His program in Sofia includes:
  • 09 March, Thursday | 18:00 h | Hall 247A, Sofia University
     English as a Stepmother, lecture and discussion (in English)
     More information in the attached poster

  • 14 March, Tuesday | 16:00 h | "America for Bugaria" hall at "Romain Rolland" High School
     Josip Novakovich will meet students from the high school and "Writing in English" club     
     (in English, for students only)
  • 14 March, Tuesday | 18:30 h | Regional Library "Zachary Knyazheski" - Stara Zagora
     Discussion with Josip Novakovich and Elka Videnova - translator of "Infidelities" in Bulgarian
  • 21 March, Tuesday | 19:00 h| Peroto Literary Club
    Launching event for Novakovich's new book in Bulgarian, 2017, ICU Publishers
     More information in the attached press release 
  • 20 - 30 March | Sofia Writing Workshop with Bulgarian and American participants
     More information in the attached file
  • 28 March, Tuesday| 18:00 h | Chitalnyata
     Chitalnyata Evening Reading
     A group of 5 American writers and 3 Bulgarian writers will read excerpts from their stories.
Steven Lansky, Sara Dunham, Josip Novakovich, Terri Zucker, Ekaterina Petrova, Bogdana Tepavicharova, Robert Appelbaum and a couple of other writers (TBA). Each participant will read aloud for about five minutes, and afterwards, will discuss a variety of literary approaches in writing fiction and their impressions of Sofia. Visitors are welcome to participate in discussions and to meet the writers, who have spent a week here in an improvised writers workshop led by Josip Novakovich. This is an experiment in cultural exchange - come and exchange ideas!