2012 Michael Rubin Book Award Release Party Announced for Hope Seven by Stoyan Vassilev
Vassilev will read selections from his winning chapbook, Hope Seven, at The Booksmith in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
San Francisco, CA (October 29, 2012) – Hope Seven by Stoyan Vassilev is the winner of the 2012 Fourteen Hills’ Michael Rubin Book Award. On November 28, Fourteen Hills and the Bay Area community will celebrate its release at The Booksmith in the Haight-Ashbury district.
The reading will also feature an introduction by past Fourteen Hills contributor and author of nine books of poetry and fiction Robert Glück.
Stoyan Vassilev’s Hope Seven quietly prepares for its printing as immigration debates rage across the country and around the world. While much of the debate in the United States focuses on our neighbors to the south, Vassilev’s compact, elegant collection of stories harkens back to life in a fictional neighborhood set in Sofia, Bulgaria. There, as the Iron Curtain closes, people express their dreams of immigrating to America.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 7PM
WHERE: The Booksmith
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
HOW MUCH: $12 donation for admission (the cost of your copy of the book)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stoyan Vassilev lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco, with his wife and baby. He works as a software engineer in Silicon Valley by day, and attends San Francisco State University’s Creative Writing MFA program by night. Hope Seven, the winning chapbook of the 2012 Fourteen Hills’ Michael Rubin Book Award, includes stories that recall life in a fictional neighborhood set in Sofia, Bulgaria, from where he originates.
ABOUT THE MICHAEL RUBIN BOOK AWARD:
Each year, Fourteen Hills Press publishes the winner of The Michael Rubin Book Award, a contest open to students of San Francisco State University. The winner must be a currently enrolled student whose work shows exceptional accomplishment and promise. Alternating years between poetry and fiction, manuscripts are gathered in an open competition and read by an independent judge. This year’s contest was judged by Frederic Tuten, an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. The winning manuscript is published by Fourteen Hills Press in a limited one-run printing.