Daphne Kalotay’s new book “The Archivists” out in April

Daphne Kalotay’s book “The Archivists” will be released by TriQuarterly Books in April.

According to the writer, the date for the release of the book, which emerged winner of the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, is April 15.

The book is ready for pre-orders and readers can make such orders on Bookshop, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble or order directly from their favourite bookstore. 

Also, readings have been planned at the following  dates and venues below: 

SEATTLE, WA: Friday, March 10, 4:45pm, AWP Conference Award Series Reading

PRINCETON, NJ: Wednesday, April 19, 6pm, Princeton Public Library with A.M. Homes

BROOKLYN, NY: Thursday May 4, 7:30pm, Greenlight on Fulton, with Rachel Cantor

CAMBRIDGE, MA: Wednesday, May 17, 7pm, Porter Square Books, with Mako Yoshikawa

CHICAGO, IL:  Monday May 23, 7pm, Exile in Bookville, with Rebecca Makkai

BROOKLINE, MA: Wednesday, May 31st, 7pm, at Brookline Booksmith with John Fulton

Additional events planned around the book can be found on the writer’s website

Daphne Kalotay is the author of the fiction collections Calamity and Other Stories, shortlisted for the Story Prize, and “The Archivists”, winner of 2021 The Grace Paley Prize, as well as three award-winning novels: the national and international bestseller Russian Winter, which won the Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Award; Sight Reading, winner of the New England Society Book Award in Fiction, and Blue Hours, a Massachusetts Book Awards “Must Read.” 

She received her M.F.A. from Boston University’s Creative Writing Program, where her stories won the Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize and a Transatlantic Review Award from the Henfield Foundation, before earning her Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary Literature. 

She has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Yaddo, Bogliasco, and MacDowell and has taught literature and creative writing at Princeton University, Middlebury College, Boston University, and Harvard University. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

The characters in “The Archivists” are everyday people, but when private losses or the shocks of history set their worlds reeling, they find connection and liberation in surprising, buoyant ways. Winner of the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, this vibrant collection brings transcendence, wry humour, and a touch of the uncanny to life’s absurdities and catastrophes—whether the 2008 economic crash, fallout after the 2016 presidential election, gentrification, pandemic lockdown, illness, or the intergenerational impacts of the Holocaust and Communist occupation of Eastern Europe.

A hardheaded realist is confronted by both her mortality and a would-be wizard. A 13-year-old girl in 1950s Toronto infiltrates the ranks of Bell Canada. A 90-nine-year-old woman appears to be invincible. From a group hike in Germany to a solitary woman pursued on a walk in New Mexico, these deeply moving stories ingeniously consider issues of identity, history, and memory-and our shared search for meaning in an off-kilter world.


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