Alexandra Chaushova (1985) graduated from an English Language High School in Sofia. She has published work in Literaturen Vestnik and Altera magazine.
Steven Wingate's debut short story collection, Wifeshopping, won the 2007 Bakeless Prize in fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and was published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin in 2008. He teaches writing at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Keeper of Warmth
Ever since times of yore Bulgarians have always cherished deep respect for the so called “keeper of warmth” in their family or tribal dwellings. In pagan times a dedicated priest carried out this task. Nowadays, the tradition is still alive as the ritual role of the “keeper of warmth” is bestowed upon the chief executive of the local Central Heating Company. He is a well respected figure loved by everyone in town. Very often, when his term of office is over, he moves on to live entirely on state’s expenses.
While the denizens of Sofia are pondering over whether the name of Sofia's airport should be changed from Vrazhdebna, which means "Hostile," to something friendlier, the airport itself is becoming increasingly hostile to both its customers and its long-standing partners.
If you went for holidays to Sunny Beach, you were likely taken on a day trip to a "traditional" Bulgarian village in the Strandzha. You were probably offered some tourist animation in the form of old women spinning wool and baking banitsa, and then you went for a donkey ride.