Book of the Week # 15

The Archivist's Story: A Novel by Travis Holland. (New York: Dial Press, 2007).

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the largest and most international prize of its kind. It involves libraries from all corners of the globe, and is open to books written in any language. Since 1999 the New Hampshire State Library has been a nominating agency for this prestigious international literary award. The recently announced 2009 shortlist included this title which was nominated by the New Hampshire Dublin Committee (a committee of the Center for the Book at the NH State Library).

In nominating The Archivist's Story, NH Dublin Committee chair Charles Shipman wrote that this is "A powerful portrayal of the paranoia and claustrophobia of life in Stalinist Russia and an equally powerful tribute to the value of literature. "

The Award is presented annually with the objective of promoting excellence in world literature. It is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the work has been published in English or English translation in the specified time period as outlined in the rules and conditions for the year. Nominations are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world.

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