May 20, 2013
Elizabeth Kostova Presents Philip Roth
Dear friends, we invite you to share with us an evening devoted to the work of one of the greatest writers of our time - the living classic of modern American literature, Philip Roth!
Philip Roth is the most decorated American writer of his era. Two of his works of fiction have won the National Book Award; two others were finalists. Two have won National Book Critics Circle awards; again, another two were finalists. He has also won two PEN/Faulkner Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1997 novel, American Pastoral. In 2001, The Human Stain was awarded the United Kingdom's WH Smith Literary Award for the best book of the year. In 2002, he was awarded the National Book Foundation's Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Literary critic Harold Bloom has named him as one of the four major American novelists still at work, along with Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and Cormac McCarthy. His 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 2005 as well as the Society of American Historians’ prize. Roth was also awarded the United Kingdom's W.H. Smith Award for the best book of the year, an award Roth has received twice. He was honored in his hometown in October, 2005 when then-Mayor Sharpe James presided over the unveiling of a street sign in Roth's name on the corner of Summit and Keer Avenues, where Roth lived for much of his childhood, a setting immortalized in The Plot Against America. A plaque on the house where the Roths lived was also unveiled. In May, 2006, he was given the PEN/Nabokov Award.
In the cozy atmosphere of "Petnoto na Rorschach" in Sofia we will introduce the newest Roth’s book, "Indignation", which has just been published in Bulgarian. Nevena Dishlieva-Krasteva, translator of the novel, will tell us a few words about her work on the text; Elizabeth Kostova, a writer, will speak about the importance and overall contribution of the author to contemporary literature; Joseph Shamli, an actor, will read a short excerpt from "Indignation" to let us capture the spirit of the book. Welcome to honor one of the greatest writers of our time!
May 20 th, 7 p.m., "Petnoto na Rorschach" - Sofia, 8 Hristo Belchev Str.
May 18, 2013
Mario Vargas Llosa Meets Bulgarian Readers
Dear friends and fans of the famous Spanish-Peruvian author and Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa! Now we have a great opportunity to meet and talk with him here, in Bulgaria.
On May 17th 2013 Mario Vargas Llosa will be bestowed the title Doctor Honoris Causa of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". Vargas Llosa’s visit is to take place under the patronage of the Embassy of Spain in Bulgaria with the cooperation of Cervantes Institute, Colibri Publishers and Hermes Publishers.
On May 18th, Saturday, Vargas Llosa will meet readers and journalists in the University’s Aula 65. The event is open to the public!
You will also meet Juan José Armas Marcelo – Spanish writer and Director of recently created "Mario Vargas Llosa" Department of "Virtual Library Miguel de Cervantes" Foundation.
We expect you on Saturday, May 18th ! Time and venue:
11:00 to 13:00 Aula 65 of "St. Kliment Ohridski", free admission.
May 16, 2013
Mario Vargas Llosa on a Visit to Bulgaria!
The Spanish-Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, whose deeply political work vividly examines the perils of power and corruption in Latin America, will be awarded the title Doctor Honoris Causa of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". On this occasion, the prominent Spanish-language author will arrive in Bulgaria in May 2013 with the support of the Embassy of Spain in Bulgaria.
Mario Vargas Llosa (1936) is defined as the writer with the most comprehensive work of Spanish language and the most important figure in Spanish and Spanish-American Literature of XX century. The works of Mario Vargas Llosa, a member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Language, earned him prestigious awards for literature, including "Cervantes", "Prince of Asturias" and in 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy praised Vargas Llosa for "his cartography of the structure of power and his trenchant images of the individual resistance, revolt and defeat".
Vargas Llosa is the author of seventeen novels translated into almost all languages. His first work "The City and the Dogs", published in 1963, attracted the attention of readers and critics, and immediately brought him fame. His extensive literary work includes books and essays. The writer has worked as a writer and journalist, and many of his novels have been filmed.
His residence in Bulgaria coincides with the publication by Colibri Publishers of the novel "Captain Pantoja and the Special Service" - sharp satire on bureaucracy and militarism, the recent novels "The Dream of the Celt" and "Lituma in the Andes" and his essayistic book, "The Civilization of the Spectacle." Along with these works published up to now readers can get acquainted with other novels by Vargas Llosa, translated into Bulgarian - "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter", "The Feast of the Goat and "Who Killed Palomino Molero?".
April 23, 2013
Galaxies Club Celebrates the International Day of the Book
Dear friends of fantastic literature and fantasy! Dear members of the Galaxies Club! Our next meeting is on the horizon! The venue is the same - Swinging Hall, and the day is special – April 23rd was declared International Day of the Book!
We expect you at 7:30 p.m.
Here are the topics:
- Comments and recommendations on new releases, trends and opportunities in our favorite genre – we hope the event will be attended by representatives of online media, bloggers, publishers, readers and fans.
- How to "export" culture – looking for ways to promote science fiction and fantasy among young audiences – students’ meetings with translators, writers, bloggers, and fans. Founding book clubs in schools.
- Presentation of the novel "Desert copy" by Peter V. Brett
During the event all fantasy and science fiction books will be sold for a discounted price!
The long-awaited sequel to "Warded Man" (the first part of the "Demon Cycle" by Peter V. Brett) is here! "The Desert Spear" is to be released on April 22nd.
"Every time my work is published in another language, I feel myself humble, remembering that we, humans living on the Earth, are so much alike. In the end, everyone is sometimes scared of the dark ... Welcome to the family! I hope you will enjoy the adventure." (Peter V. Brett)
April 09, 2013
A Demonstration of "Teacher Effectiveness Training" by Dr. Thomas Gordon
We are pleased to invite you to the first demonstration, open to the public in Bulgaria, of the practical program "Teacher Effectiveness Training" (TET) by Dr. Thomas Gordon, author of the book of the same name, published by Colibri. The presentation will be held on April 9th at 6 p.m. in Greenwich Bookstore, 37 Vitosha Blvd., Sofia!
This unique presentation will be useful for all professionals involved in education - teachers, tutors, teachers in higher education, professionals in the field of non-formal education, heads of educational institutions and social services.
Most teachers know how to teach. However, few teachers are trained in daily communication and possess valuable skills in interpersonal relationships, allowing them to manage all human factors in the learning process.
Darina Georgieva will open the event; being a representative of Gordon Training International Institute in Bulgaria, she will "introduce" the author Dr. Thomas Gordon (1918-2002) to the guests: he’d been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize; he’d been awarded a golden medal of the American Psychologists’ Foundation; and, of course, he remains the founder of Gordon Training International. Mariana Schmit will speak about the philosophy underlying conceptual framework of the program "Teacher Effectiveness Training". Julia Popova, a psychologist, will answer the question: What are the barriers to learning and cognition and how to deal with them?
Certified instructors will make specific demonstrations - how to deal with unacceptable behavior of students, which are the most typical forms of opposition (confrontation), what else should we know about I-message. The event, which will last two hours, is open to the public! Admission is free.