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The Paris Review’s 2020 Spring Revel

The Spring Revel has long been one of The Paris Review’s most enduring and jubilant traditions, first taking flight in the 1960s and an annual gala since 2003. The much-anticipated New York City party celebrates writers and writing, and has been referred to as publishing’s “literary prom.”

The evening welcomes friends and readers of the Review, cultural trailblazers, and new and emerging forces in literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.

The Spring Revel takes place Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in lower Manhattan. Special hosts of the evening are benefit chairs and New York filmmakers Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.

The gala gathering is highlighted by the presentation of three literary awards:

  • The 2020 Plimpton Prize for Fiction, presented by novelist Alice McDermott, goes to Jonathan Escoffery for “Under the Ackee Tree,” from the Summer 2019 issue. His story follows the pain and loss endured by three generations of an immigrant family split between Jamaica and Florida and explores the ways in which fathers and sons often misunderstand each other.
  • The 2020 Hadada Award, presented by singer, songwriter, and musician Bruce Springsteen, goes to Richard Ford for lifetime achievement, including work that has appeared in the Review since 1975. Ford is also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award (both in 1996) for his novel Independence Day.
  • The 2020 Terry Southern Prize for Humor, presented by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, goes to Leigh Newman for her story “Howl Palace,” from the Fall 2019 issue, in which an Alaskan woman revisits her adventurous past as she prepares to sell her “unique” lakeside home.

Proceeds from the Spring Revel offer core support for The Paris Review Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000 to endow the future work of The Paris Review.


For more information, visit theparisreview.org.

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