The third event of the “Ethnocafe” format took place on May the 10th. Guest of the National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” was the writer Eddy Rumyan, author of the collections “Banitsa s Lokum” (2019) and “Last Chance” (2022). His short stories have been featured in literary formats such as Writers Without Books and Mailbox for Tales. In 2018, his short story “Banitsa with Lokum” was awarded the special prize of the honorary jury of the “Agop Melkonyan” competition, and a year later the collection with the same title was published and received the accompanying prize from the jury of the “South Spring 2019” competition . Edi Rumyan told how he wrote this story and how he started his attempts at writing 20 years ago along with Radost Nikolaeva’s magazine “Krug”.
Eddy Rumyan is also interested in tennis, mountain climbing, skiing and jokingly shared that writing is one of his many hobbies. According to him, a person is a writer when he has something to say, when he masters the magic of language and finally comes as a factor and how familiar he is with humanities. When asked about his way of writing, he shared that he wrote most of his stories from his latest collection while traveling on the subway.
Nikolay Todorov spoke about Eddy Rumyan, who read his writing through the concepts of sincerity and authenticity. He also focused on the dialogue characteristic of his stories. The publisher Igor Shemtov remembered the first meetings with Eddy Rumyan and the preparation of the collection “Banitsa s Lokum”.
The author took questions from the audience and signed autographs over a glass of wine. You may watch the whole event on the YouTube channel of the National Library.