site.bta10th Sofia International Literary Festival to Gather International, Bulgarian Authors
The tenth edition of the Sofia International Literary Festival will be held between December 6 and December 11 within the framework of the Sofia International Book Fair. The Sofia International Literary Festival is the largest and most prestigious literary event in Bulgaria, the organizers said. The forum will gather Bulgarian and international authors, and create a space for the meeting of cultures from different countries. The festival's programme can be found here.
Each year the festival focuses on literature from a different geographical region or language, the event's summary reads. The 2022 edition will focus on European literary voices, including ones from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Georgia, etc.
The festival will host several discussions, including "A Meeting of Generations" featuring Emil Basat, Mitko Novkov and Sofia University students, moderated by Georgi Alexandrov; "House for Literature and Translation: Facts, War and Fiction Writing", featuring: Jedrzej Morawiecki and Georgi Tenev; " House for Literature and Translation: Between Cinema, Literature and Theatre", featuring Elias Fragakis; "Forms of Replacement" with Sylvia Nedkova, Georgi Valchev, Ralitsa Kovacheva, Vyara Assenova, moderated by Ivan Ibrishimov [which will focus on the division of society, the devaluation of expert opinion and the belief in conspiracy theories]; "The Translator: Man or Machine?" with Lyudmil Dimitrov, Georgi Karamanev, Yordan Darakchiev, moderated by Daria Karapetkova [on AI translation and the creativity in fiction translation].
The event will be held in hybrid from, with some international guests taking part online, and others participating live.
Participating international authors will include American writers Margret Atwood [via video conference] and Ruta Sepetys; expert in sociology, literature and translation Gisele Sapiro, Spanish writer Elisa Ferrer, American literary historian David Damrosch, Albanian poet and writer Anna Kove, Irish writer Donal Ryan [via video conference], Slovenian writer Anja Mugerli, Italian writer Domenico Dara, Georgian writers Iva Pezuashvili and Beka Adamashvili, Argentinian writer Samanta Schweblin [via video conference], French author Sophie Daull, Hungarian writer Gabor T. Szanto, Trapani-born writer Stefania Auci [via video conference], Finnish writer Piia Leino, Serbian writers Hadzem Hajdarevic and Mile Stojic, Belgian writer Vincent Engel, German writer Iris Wolff, American writer Paul Theroux [via video conference], Spanish writer Manuel Vilas, and others.
Among Bulgarian authors at the event will be Krasimir Dimovski, Kostadin Kostadinov, Ivan Stankov, Mikhail Veshim, Yordanka Beleva, Justine Toms, Jordan D. Radichkov, Yordan Eftimov, Mihail Nedelchev, Georgi Lozanov, Zdravka Eftimova, Vladimir Zarev, Georgi Tenev, Nikolay Terziyski, as well as musician Stefan Valdobrev who will focus on poetry and music. Contemporary literary tendencies in Bulgarian literature will be a main topic during the days of the festival.
The motto of the Sofia International Literary Festival this year is: "Reading with Comprehension", the festival's director, Amelia Licheva, told Literaturen Vestnik [Literature Newspaper], adding that the events can be summarized by the following questions: "Where is the world going, will humanity have a future, or will it increasingly turn back to relive the traumas of the past? How should we think about the present in all its diversity?".
The event is part of the Calendar of Cultural Events of Sofia Municipality and is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture.