National Book Centre



The National Book Centre was founded at the National Palace of Culture – Congress Centre Sofia on the 25th of February, 2015. Currently, the National Book Centre, along with Peroto ("The Quill") Literary Club, forms the palace’s Contemporary Literature Division – a unit under the direction of Svetlozar Zhelev – which is housed within the Strategic Development, Marketing and Production Department of the National Palace of Culture. Peroto Literary Club was opened on the 16th of September 2015. Peroto Bookstore was launched on the 16th of December 2018.

Activity
The National Book Centre at the National Palace of Culture assists in the publication, distribution, translation and promotion of Bulgarian literature – at home and abroad. The National Book Centre at the National Palace of Culture works to support Bulgarian literature nationally and internationally, to create conditions conducive to its participation and visibility in the global literary field, and to affirm the National Palace of Culture’s image as an active contemporary culture centre – a venue initiating, fostering and producing cultural activity in the field of literature.

Programmes
The main programmes of the National Book Centre at the National Palace of Culture include two sponsorship programmes: the Translation Programme, designed for foreign publishers, as well as the Bulgarian Book Programme, open to Bulgarian publishers. The National Book Centre at the National Palace of Culture has also established the annual Peroto Literary Awards, named after the palace’s literary space, where the award ceremony is hosted. The National Book Centre at the National Palace of Culture also annually compiles and prints the "Contemporary Bulgarian Prose" and the "Children’s Books from Bulgaria" hybrid catalogue-anthology series.

Partners
The National Book Centre at the National Palace of Culture works in a close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, the National Culture Fund, the Bulgarian Book Association, VIVACOM, as well as other governmental, non-governmental and private bodies.

Contact
Svetlozar Zhelev – director of Contemporary Literature Division, NPC
email: szhelev@ndk.bg 
National Book Centre, NPC
email: nbc@ndk.bg