The Platonov Arts festival presents meet-the-writer events with writers and journalists which will take place from June 8th to June 12th at several festival venues. Free admission.
On June 8th, a writer and a translator Vera Bogdanova will tell us about her novel "Pavel Zhang and other river Beasts", which is about a near future, in which Russia is put under control of China. The book was included into the Long List of the "National Bestseller" -2021 Award. Bogdanova is the finalist of the "Lyceum" Award and the winner of the special prize of the "Yunost" magazine. She was nominated for the "New Horizons" and "Interpresscon" genre awards.
On June 9th a meet-the-writer event with writer and a teacher Marina Stepnova whose novels were published in the literary magazines "Novy Mir", "Zvezda", "Snob" and "Esquire" will take place. Her second novel, "The Women of Lazarus" has been translated into 26 languages. A British newspaper "The Guardian" in July 2020 included the story in the list of "ten best novels, which take place in Russia." At the meeting Marina Stepnova will tell us about the creation of historical prose using the example of her novel “The Garden” whose action takes place in the Voronezh province.
On June 10th, a presentation of the collection of stories and poems “Home love” and the literary series “Skin” by Evgenia Nekrasova will take place. Her cycle of prose works "Unhappy Moscow" was given the "Lyceum" Award in 2017. A bit later, her novel "Kalechina-Malechina" was shortlisted for the "NOS" (2018), the "National Bestseller" (2019) and the "Big Book" (2019) awards.
On June 11th, Shamil Idiatullin will reflect on modern literature. He is a Russian journalist and writer, the two-times winner of the "Big Book" Award. He is also famous for his cooperation with the "Kommersant" Publishing House. Idiatullin became the first winner of the “New horizons” Award. His novel "The Last Time" that was published last year, was called "The Patriotic Book of 2020" by the "World of Fiction" magazine.
On the same day, June 11th, a journalist and a writer Sergey Nikolaevich will give a talk for the Platonov Arts festival guests. He is the chief editor of the “Snob” project, the author and the presentor of the TV programme “Cultural exchange” on OTR TV channel. He wiil present his book “Alla Demidova. P.S. A portrait of an actress”.
On June 12th, Evgeny Babushkin together with the festival guests will try to answer a critical question – how can one teach a random person to write serious literature works? Evgeny Babushkin himself is a writer and journalist, the author of the books "Bible for the Poor" and "Drunken Birds, Merry Wolves" who is the laureate of the "Debut" Award and the finalist of the Andrey Bely Award.
A more detailed schedule where the timing and venues are mentioned can be found on the Platonov festival website in the “Programme” section.