You are cordially invited to a reading (in English) by
an award-winning author
Thursday, May 16th, 2002
Auditorium of the Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius
502 West 41st street, between 10th and 11th Ave
Info: email@example.com or 212.688.9077
Josip Novakovich reads and signs copies of Apricots from Chernobyl, his collection of narrative essays, and Salvation and Other Disasters, a short story collection, as part of Croatian Cultural Thursdays, an ongoing series held regularly at the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius. These events promote local Croatian-American talents with a purpose of presenting various aspects of the Croatian culture to both the Croatian and American public.
About the author:
Josip Novakovich was born in Daruvar, Croatia, in 1956, and he moved to the United States at the age of twenty. He writes mostly in English, and he has published two story collections (Yolk and Salvation and Other Disasters), a collection of narrative essays (Apricots from Chernobyl), and was anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry Awards. His textbook, Fiction Writer’s Workshop, was a Book of the Month Club selection. His new collection of essays, Countries Without Bridges, will be published this fall.
His first collection of stories translated into Croatian, Grimizne usne, was published by Meandar Press in Zagreb, in 2000, and it won the Kozarac Award at Vinkovacke Jeseni (Vinkovci Fall Festival). His new collection of stories in Croatian will be published by Meandar in November.
He received the Whiting Writer’s Award (1997), Guggenheim Fellowship (1999), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1991 and 2002), the Ingram Merrill Award, an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. His work has appeared in many journals, including Paris Review, Threepenny, The New York Times Magazine, European Magazine, and he contributes regularly to the Zagreb Daily, Jutarnji list. Mr. Novakovich teaches in the Master of Fine Aarts program at Penn State University. He is currently a Fellow of The New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writers. The Richard J. Margolis Prize for socially relevant writing, a fellowship from the NEA, a Pushcart Prize, and a Ploughshares/Cohen Award.
His stories and essays have appeared in "Paris Review," "Antaeus" and "New Directions." His books "Apricots from Chernobyl" and "Yolk" were published by Graywolf Press. Novakovich teaches writing at the University of Cincinnati.