Shpatov, Alexander

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Alexander Shpatov was born in 1985 in Sofia. He is a graduate of the American College of Sofia and the Sofia University Law School. He has published several short story collections.

In 2015, on the occasion of his 30th birthday and on the 10th anniversary of his writing debut, Shpatov decided to put together an optimized version of his first three short story collections: Footnotes, Footnote Stories and Calendar of Stories. The book appeared in Bulgarian under the title Volume 2.0 (Colibri Publishers, 2015). Shpatov is also known as the author of #LiveFromSofia, a short story collection available in an English and Bulgarian-language edition (Colibri Publishers, 2014). His third short story collection, Calendar of Stories, was published by Enthusiast in 2011.  It was proceeded by Footnote Stories, a short story collection edited by Georgi Gospodinov and nominated for the 2008 Helicon Book of the Year Award, which appeared by Janet 45 in 2008. In 2010, Wieser Verlag published its German translation under the title Fussnotengeschichten. It made him the youngest Bulgarian author published abroad. His first short story collection, Footnotes, edited by Deyan Enev, was published by Vesela Lyutzkanova Publishing House in 2005. In 2006, it won the Best Fiction Debut Prize in the 34th Southern Spring Literary Competition..

Alexander Shpatov is also a co-scriptwriter for short films based on several of his stories and a screenwriter for the sitcom series Clinic on the Third Floor, produced by Bulgarian National Television. He is the organizer of annual exhibitions of bookmark art; editor at www.litclub.com for the literary series Notes on the Classics; participant in the Sozopol Fiction Seminars, organized by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and in the British Council’s Litager Project.

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