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Issue 88 – May 2012
Tuesday 29 May 2012 by Diyana Yosifova
In this issue:
The conversation about contemporary literature, reading and criticism Blogging and the Social Media: Changing Roles and Rules in Literary Criticism is in cooperation with Next Page Foundation. It will take place on 31 May, Thursday, 10:00 at the American Corner (4A Slaveykov Sq.). The event will be in English and Bulgarian and the admission is free.
With issue 16/17 for winter 2011/2012 the Serbian literary and art magazine Kvartal started a series of issues, which will include comics designed in the frames of the comiXculture project. The first issue featured Irfan’s Guitar − comics based on the script by Aida Secic and illustrated by Džaizku.
As a quarterly magazine dedicated to literature, Kvartal, published in Pančevo (across the Danube from Belgrade) has also dedicated its space to illustration and comics. Therefore comiXculture seemed like a project of interest to the editors of the magazine, which already published a story created together by Džaizku (cartoonist from Serbia) and Aida Šečić (writer from Bosnia). So far the series has been received nicely among the readers of Kvartal, which may indicate that this kind of a project has proved interesting to both followers of comics and literature. In the upcoming edition, Kvartal will publish another collaboration − between Toma Pan (cartoonist from Serbia) and Andrej Blatnik (writer from Slovenia). This edition will include as well an overview of the comiXculture project by its coordinator − Yana Genova. (Sasa Rakezic alias Aleksandar Zograf)
Next Page Foundation’s Annual Report 2011 is now available online in an accessible PDF format. It follows the activities and achievements of the Foundation over the past 12 months. The report can be accessed here.
The new, #17, issue of the American journal Absinthe: New European Writing is dedicated to contemporary Bulgarian literature. The issue features the Bulgarian writers Georgi Gospodinov, Milen Ruskov, Emilia Dvoryanova, Vladislav Todorov, Krassimir Damianov, Kristin Dimitrova, Virginia Zaharieva, Vladimir Zarev, Yanitza Radeva, Ivan Dimitrov, Theodora Dimova, Zdravka Evtimova, Dimiter Kenarov, Maria Doneva, Niki Boikov, Stefan Ivanov, along with an 8-page portfolio of art by Stela Vasileva and Pravdoliub Ivanov, an essay on translation by Hristina Keranova, and reviews of recent Bulgarian films and books.
The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) have announced the launch of the Fifth Edition of the Sea of Words Literary Competition. It encourages the production of short stories that portray the different realities of the Euro-Mediterranean region from the point of view of the young people who live there. The theme this year is “Youth’s Future and the Dialogue between Generations”. Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old and residents in one of the forty two countries of the Union for the Mediterranean, and write in one of the languages of the countries of the Union. The deadline for submitting the short-stories by e-mail is midnight (Spain Local Time) 30 June 2012. For more information, visit the competition website. Good luck to anybody who decides to compete.