Virginia Zaharieva, Daniela Olszewska, Albena Stambolova

Virginia Zaharieva, Nine Rabbits

Daniela Olszewska, Citizen J

Albena Stambolova, Everything Happens As It Does

Location: Hopleaf Bar,

5148 N. Clark St.

In Bulgaria during the height of communism in the 1960s,
six-year-old Manda survives her cruel grandmother and rural poverty by finding
sheer delight in the world—plump vegetables, garden gnomes, and darkened attic
corners. But as a middle-aged artist in newly democratic Bulgaria, Manda
desperately tries to feed her damaged soul. Virginia Zaharieva is a writer,
psychotherapist, feminist, and mother. Nine Rabbits was a bestselling
title in Bulgaria and is the first of Zaharieva’s work made available in North
America. She was born in Sophia.


Citizen J hides in underground forests and worries that her toasters are
miked. She marries twelve husbands and marries twelve wives. In this
series of interconnected poems, Olszewska's everywoman hero moves across a
landscape that might be America re-imagined as a post-Soviet state: surreal,
contradictory. Daniela Olszewska is the author of four collections of poetry.
She serves as an associate poetry editor of H_NGM_N and Another
Chicago Magazine
and on Switchback Books’ board of directors. Daniela
currently teaches composition and creative writing in community colleges and at
a men’s maximum security prison. She was born in Wroclaw, Poland, and received
her MFA from the University of Alabama.


Albena Stambolova’s idiosyncratic debut novel, Everything
Happens as It Does
, builds from the idea that everything happens exactly
the way it must. In this case, the seven characters of the novel—from Boris, a
young boy who is only at peace when he’s around bees, to Philip and Maria and
their twins—each play a specific role in the lives of the others, binding them
all together into a strange, yet logical, knot. Albena Stambolova is also the
author of two other novels, a collection of short stories, and a
psychoanalytical study on Marguerite Duras. She currently lives in Bulgaria,
where she works as a psychological and organizational consultant and is working
on a book about fairy tales.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5148 N. Clark St.
Hopleaf Bar
60640-2122 Chicago
Nine Rabbits Cover Image
By Virginia Zaharieva, Angela Rodel (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781936787135
Availability: Special Order
Published: Black Balloon Publishing - April 8th, 2014

Everything Happens as It Does Cover Image
By Albena Stambolova, Olga Nikolova (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781934824849
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Published: Open Letter - November 19th, 2013

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