The National Palace of Culture will present the second “Children’s Books from Bulgaria: Contemporary Writers and Artists” Catalogue on April 1 (Saturday) at 16:00 at the “Peroto” Literature Club. The catalogue’s purpose is to support the development of Bulgarian children’s literature and illustrations for kids. This year’s edition, like last year’s, aims to present to foreign audiences (literary agents, publishing houses and other organizations) that children’s literature in Bulgaria is actively developing.
„The Catalogue will be presented at the Bologna Fair in 2017, and at other forums, to promote Bulgarian literature. What is unique about this project is that it presents on equal footing both the work of the writers and the illustrators,” explains Miroslav Borshosh, executive director the National Palace of Culture. The catalogue is entirely in English, translated and edited by Angela Rodel. The artistic design of the cover and contents of the book are by Damyan Damyanov. Valentina Stoeva from the Children’s Book Foundation and the National Book Center team, with manager Mihaela Petrova, compiled the catalogue. A wide variety of titles, illustrations and universal themes are featured in this second edition. The selection of books is appropriate for all ages. “Children`s Books from Bulgaria: Contemporary Writers and Artists” is divided into four chapters: “Books by Bulgarian Writers”, which features 20 books and 3 three-piece book sets, split into 5 age categories; “Books by Foreign Writers, with Illustrations by Bulgarian Artists”, which contains 4 books with illustrations; „Past and Future“ contains projects that present the Bulgarian traditions in children’s and young adults literature, as well as new innovative projects which deserve special attention – this section includes 4 editions, among which are Anton Staikov’s comprehensive study on the Bulgarian comic book tradition and on the Bulgarian language primer (co-authored by Svoboda Tsekova); the „Artists“ chapter, as per tradition, acquaints the foreign audiences with the illustrators featured in the catalogue. This section allows for the illustrators to present additional samples of their work, apart from those featured in the other chapters.