Daina Tabūna (1985) is a prose writer. Daina Tabūna's short story collection Pirmā reize/ The First Time was nominated for the Annual Latvian Literature Award in 2015 as best debut of the year. The First Time instantly won over many readers and critics and has become a cult book of its time. It is a brilliant contemporary coming-of-age book addressing sensitive issues of acquiring experience and forming as a personality. In 2010, Daina Tabūna completed her studies with a BA in Theatre, cinema and TV drama at the Latvian Academy of Culture, she has been a representative of Dirty Deal Teatro theatre and has been continuously contributing to the culture and art life in Latvia, writing articles, critiques and radio. Also Tabūna's stories have recently been published in the UK by The Emma Press, bearing the title, The Secret Box. The illustrated collection features three stories from her debut The First Time.
Photo: from the author's personal archive
Pirmā reize [The First Time]. Riga: Mansards, 2014. Also available as an e-book.
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The Secret Box. Birmingham: The Emma Press, 2015.
Books to fall for
First Time (Pirmā reize)
The First Time was shortlisted for the 2014 Annual Latvian Literature Award for Best Debut.
How can you get ready for life as an adult if you always have to experience new and undiscovered things? The protagonists of her short stories deserve praise for their struggles, however life always has some sort of surprise in store for you, and suddenly nothing is ever the same
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Interview: Daina Tabūna, writer // LSM, 2017 [ENG]
Marie Humble, review of The Secret Box // Coockoo Review, 2018 [EN]
Bārbala Simsone, Pirmo kā pēdējoreiz, review of The First Time // Internet magazine Satori.lv, 2015 [LV]
2015, nominated for the Annaul Latvian Literature Award Best Debut for The First Time
The Secret Box
The Secret Box (Slepenā kaste)
Title: The Secret Box
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The Emma Press, United Kingdom
The author, publishing house "Mansards";
Three stories from the story collection "Pirmā reize". On the cusp of womanhood, Daina Tabūna's heroines are constantly confronted with the unexpected. Adult life seems just around the corner,but so are the kinds of encounter which might change everything