Vlad Yurkun's "Lepestki (Petals). 22 stories about love and dislike" is the 20th book in LGBT-literature series published by "Kvir" Publishing company. The first book under the cover of "Dark paths" was published in Spring 2006. It was "Setka" novel by Gennagy Trifonov - a famous Russian poet and prose writer. Until now his novel is of great success among its readers and even has its second edition.
"Round numbers always have a symbolic meaning. This book (20th in a row) is a good occasion to look back... I can say that I am proud for every book that we have published so far", says Vladimir Kirsanov, the Editor-in-Chief of the LGBT-literature series of the "Kvir" Publishing company. "They are absolutely different and un-similar textes - in genres, level of mastership, but they all have something in common - the main idea and what is more important - the audience. Any literature, even the one that will be forgotten in a week, couple of months or years, is still alive only because of its readers. I am sure that the "Dark paths" series would further express and reflect the interests of the (Russian) queer-society".
"And in 2009 we are not going to step back. I have already discussed with Ed Mishin our preliminary plans. Twelve more books of the LGBT-series "Dark paths" are planned to be published. Among the authors of these books are Yashka Kazanova, Konstantin Kropotkin, Faina Grimberg and others. A poet and literary critic Elena Novozhilova together with me will participate in making up of the second edition of the "Lesbi prose - 2009" anthology. In fall 2009 or even earlier we will present the fourth anthology "Russian gay prose". In spring 2009 the first ever Russian tourism gay guide-book "Kvir-gid" (Queer guide) to be on sale", Vladimir Kirsanov told the audience.
The "Kvir" Publishing Company since 2005 has published in total 22 books in circulation of 25 thousand copies.