About us

Association for Culture and Literature is a non-profit organization, specialized in holding book fairs. The association creates, supports, and organizes cultural events in the field of literature, visual arts, and book publishing. Its mission is to improve access to cultural products and to foster the quality dialogue about modern Bulgarian cultural achievements. The organization cooperates with a wide range of professionals from various fields. Here below is our Book for Kids team.



  • Venka Ragina

    Venka Ragina is an economist by education and a publisher by passion. She has 25 years of experience and over 600 published books. She is the founder of the Association for Culture and Literature and the Litera Expo festival in Blagoevgrad, which is held annually and has had seven editions. She is a long-time member of the management and supervisory board of the Bulgarian Book Association.

  • Elena Georgieva

    Elena Georgieva is a film producer and cultural manager. Over the years, she has worked for the Cervantes Spanish Cultural Institute–Sofia, the Fortissimo Familia educational program of the Sofia Philharmonic, the association of publishers Bulgarian Book Association, the Northern Lights and So Independent film festivals, as well as for the European association of cinema enthusiasts NISI MASA.

  • Kristina Toujarova

    Kristina Toujarova is an illustrator and a freelance graphic designer. She is the author and illustrator of several children’s books. She is also founder of the educational platform Art for Amateurs and the Books for Amateurs Publishing House, and co-founder of Next Door Fair.

  • Zornitsa Hristova

    Zornitsa Hristova is an author, literary translator, and journalist. She is the editor-in-chief of the children's news website Vijte and of Tochitsa Publishers. She is passionate about children’s books and their capacity to nourish the soul and enrich our encounter with the world.

  • Anton Staykov

    Anton Staykov (1962) is an artist, journalist, researcher, PhD in advertising semiotics, teacher, and lecturer. He is the author of the award-winning books A Brief History of Bulgarian Comics (2013) and The Bulgarian Primer. 200 Years in First Grade (2015), as well as host of the segment The Book as Art broadcast on Bulgarian National Television (2017–2019) and a screenwriter of documentaries. He curates exhibitions in the fields of comics, illustration, and visual arts.

  • Svoboda Tzekova

    Svoboda Tsekova (1974) is a graphic designer and illustrator. She is engaged in visual research and works for causes related to children’s rights. With her studio format.bg, she creates numerous projects in the field of print and digital media. She is the curator, author and designer of award-winning books and exhibitions, including the A'Design Award (2015) and the Sofia Award for outstanding achievements in the field of culture (2021).

  • Valentina Stoeva

    Valentina Stoeva holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Sofia University and a master's degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from New Bulgarian University. Since 2008, she has been actively promoting reading in Bulgaria. She is the founder and chairperson of the Children’s Books Foundation (Bulgaria) and the Reading Foundation (Bulgaria). Additionally, she serves as the Editor-In-Chief of the website detskiknigi.com. Valentina has been appointed as the Libraries’ Ambassador by the Bulgarian Library and Information Association, and she has been honored as a Knight of the Book by the Bulgarian Book Association. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Theory of Reading at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sofia University. Furthermore, Valentina is a member of EURead and is actively involved in the Communications Team.