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Authors on Tap: Daphne Kalotay and Rebecca Makkai

May 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Please join us in store on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm central to help celebrate Daphne Kalotay’s new short story collection, The Archivists:  Stories.  Daphne will be in conversation with Exile MVP Rebecca Makkai!


About The Archivists:  Stories:

The Archivists are everyday people—but when loss and the aftershocks of history set their worlds reeling, they find connection and liberation in remarkable ways. These award-winning stories turn the world uncanny and play with perception, whether addressing the 2008 economic crash, fallout of the 2016 election, pandemic lockdown, gentrification, illness, or intergenerational repercussions of the Holocaust and the Communist occupation of Eastern Europe. A hardheaded realist is confronted by both her mortality and a would-be wizard. A thirteen-year-old girl in 1950s Toronto infiltrates the ranks of Bell Canada. A ninety-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 twelve tales ingeniously consider issues of identity, history, and memory. Humorous, harrowing, and deeply moving, The Archivists captures the beauty and fragility of life—and our shared search for meaning in an off-kilter world.


About the authors:

Published in 20+ languages, Daphne Kalotay’s books include the award-winning novels Sight Reading, Russian Winter and Blue Hours, and two story collections: The Archivists, winner of the Grace Paley Prize, and Calamity and Other Stories, shortlisted for The Story Prize. A recipient of fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, MacDowell, and Yaddo, she teaches at Princeton University.

Rebecca Makkai’s last novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the Clark Prize, and the LA Times Book Prize; and it was one of the New York Times‘ Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. A 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada University and Northwestern University, and is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Her new novel, I Have Some Questions for You, an instant New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2023.


About the event:

This is a free, in person event and registration is required.  Please click on the link below to register for free.  Daphne and Rebecca will be happy to sign/personalize copies of their books after the event!  Can’t make it? We will have signed copies available in store and online and ship nationally.

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