Honored Deborah Eisenberg
Benefit Chairs Gabriela & Austin Hearst
Hadada Award Presented By Fran Lebowitz
Plimpton Prize Presented By Richard Ford
Terry Southern Prize for Humor Presented By Elif Batuman
In April, friends and family gathered again to support The Paris Review at our annual fund-raiser. Fran Lebowitz presented Deborah Eisenberg with our lifetime achievement award, named the Hadada after founding editor George Plimpton’s favorite fowl. Richard Ford presented Kelli Jo Ford with the Plimpton Prize for new fiction, and Elif Batuman, the very first winner of the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, handed this year’s jet plane to Ben Nugent. It was a night to remember at Cipriani 42nd Street, with Gabriela and Austin Hearst bringing style to the stage as this year’s benefit chairs. The magazine said a fond farewell to outgoing president Terry McDonell while welcoming our new co-presidents, Matt Holt and Akash Shah. Longtime board member Jim Goodale also said goodbye to the Review on April 2, but as editor Emily Nemens noted in her remarks, the community is what keeps the Paris Review so strong—and you can’t resign from that.
The Revel is one of The Paris Review’s oldest traditions—and its most anticipated. The event celebrates writers and writing and provides the core support necessary to carry on the vital work of the magazine. The Paris Review has become a beloved literary institution after sixty-five years in publication, and the Revel brings together cultural leaders, friends and readers of the magazine, emerging and established writers, and devoted patrons of the arts for a legendary party.
All proceeds from the Revel support the efforts of The Paris Review Foundation, helping make possible the quarterly publication of The Paris Review, and many other vital programs that promote the literary arts.
In 2003, to mark the magazine’s fiftieth anniversary, George Plimpton inaugurated a lifetime-achievement prize honoring a “strong and unique contribution to literature.” The statuette—nicknamed the Hadada, after Plimpton’s favorite waterfowl—is based on the magazine’s insignia: a bald eagle perched atop a pen, sporting the French bonnet rouge. The first recipient of the award, in 2003, was Barney Rosset, founder and editor in chief of Grove Press and a champion of free speech in the arts for more than a half century.
Past recipients of the Hadada Award are:
2003; Barney Rosset
2004: William Styron
2005: George Plimpton (posthumously)
2006: Joan Didion
2007: Norman Mailer
2008: Peter Matthiessen
2009: John Ashbery
2010: Philip Roth
2011: James Salter
2012: Robert Silvers
2013: Paula Fox
2014: Frederick Seidel
2015: Norman Rush
2016: Lydia Davis
2017: Richard Howard
2018: Joy Williams
2019: Deborah Eisenberg