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10 Октомври 2017 | 16:08

Small Countries in Big Literatures | Reading and Talk with Josip Novakovich, Miroslav Penkov, Stacy Mattingly | 19 Oct., 19:00, New York

Our new literary season kicks off in NYC next week! Joins us for the opening event of the "Small Countries in Big Literatures" series.

19 October | Thursday | 19:00
Reading and talk with Josip Novakovich, Miroslav Penkov, and Stacy Mattingly
Moderated by: Katrine Øgaard Jensen
Bulgarian Consulate in New York | 121 E 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021
Please kindly RSVP by 10/17/17 at: RSVP@ekf.bg.

Josip Novakovich will read from his short story collection "Heritage of Smoke", which comprises a bravely intelligent mosaic of what it means to be torn from one’s country and one’s self, and explores the major themes of war and exile in the context of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia.

Miroslav Penkov will read from his debut novel, "Stork Mountain", in which a young man slips out of grad school in America to visit his grandfather back in the old country, only to find himself embroiled in age-old conflicts.

Stacy Mattingly will read from her recently completed novel, "Kata", which is set mostly in current-day Sarajevo and centers on a friendship between two women – an American and a Croatian.

About the authors:
JOSIP NOVAKOVICH (HR/US/CA) emigrated from Croatia, former Yugoslavia, to the United States at the age of 20. He has published a dozen of books, including a novel, "April Fool's Day" (in ten languages), five short story collections ("Infidelities", "Yolk", "Salvation and Other Disasters", "Heritage of Smoke", and "Tumbleweed"), three collections of narrative essays as well as two books of practical criticism. His work was anthologized in "The Best American Poetry", "The Pushcart Prize" and "The O. Henry Prize Stories". He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and an American Book Award, and in 2013 he was a Man Booker International Award finalist. His short story collection "Tumbleweed" was longlisted for Scotia Bank Giller Prize. He teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal.

MIROSLAV PENKOV (BG/US) moved to America in 2001 and completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology, followed by an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas.
"East of the West", his first book, was published in the US (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and in eleven other countries. It was a finalist for the 2012 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and the Steven Turner Award for First Fiction by the Texas Institute of Letters. His debut novel, "Stork Mountain", written in English and Bulgarian, was published on March 15, 2016 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in the US, by Sceptre in the UK and by Ciela in Bulgaria under the title "Щъркелите и планината".
His stories have won the BBC International Short Story Award 2012 and The Southern Review’s Eudora Welty Prize and have appeared in "A Public Space", "Granta", "One Story", "Orion", "The Sunday Times", "The Best American Short Stories 2008", "The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012", "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013". In 2014-15, Miroslav was mentored by Michael Ondaatje as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

STACY MATTINGLY (US) is the coauthor, with Ashley Smith, of the "New York Times" bestseller "Unlikely Angel", now a feature film, "Captive". Stacy’s work has appeared in "EuropeNow", "Oxford American", and elsewhere. In 2012, she launched the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, a bilingual group of poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stacy has taught creative writing at Boston University and at GrubStreet, and helped lead the first Narrative Witness exchange (Caracas-Sarajevo) for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Currently, she is based in Boston and is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music. Her first novel, "Kata", just completed, is set largely in present-day Sarajevo.


Forthcoming events from the "Small Countries in Big Literatures" series. Please save the dates and stay tuned for details!

15 November | Wednesday | 18:00
Reading and talk with Elizabeth Kostova and Georgi Gospodinov

Music and visual arts by Bulgarian artists living in New York will amplify the literary work.
The event is organized in collaboration with the Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York and the EuropeNow magazine at CES, Columbia University.
Bulgarian Mission to the United Nations | 11 E 84th Street, New York, NY 10028

11 December | Monday | 19:00
Reading and talk with Elizabeth Frank and Thomas McGonigle

Moderated by: Biliana Kourtasheva
Bulgarian Consulate in New York | 121 E 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021

 This event is part of the EKF's series SMALL COUNTRIES IN BIG LITERATURES, made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net
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