The Spring Revel



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.

At last spring’s Revel, Edward Hirsch presented the Hadada to Richard Howard, declaring that his poetry “has given us an ongoing critical investigation of the past itself.” Todd Solondz presented the Terry Southern Prize for Humor to Vanessa Davis for her eight-part Paris Review Daily column “Summer Hours” and “Autumn Hours.” And Yiyun Li presented the Plimpton Prize for Fiction to Alexia Arthurs for her story “Bad Behavior.”

Join us at this year’s Revel, on April 3, 2018, we will celebrate Joy Williams by presenting her with the Hadada, The Paris Review’s lifetime-achievement award. Support of the Revel will allow The Paris Review to remain financially independent, and that independence is more critical now than ever before.

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. 

The Hadada Award

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