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October 2021

2021 Words Without Borders Virtual Gala

October 26, 2021 7:00 pm

Words Without Borders
Virtual Gala
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 7PM EDT

Celebrate literature that opens a window on the world.


Join us for an evening of . . . 

• Bilingual readings with some of the world's most captivating literary voices

• Intimate performances by world-class musicians

• Opportunities to connect with a global literary community  

Stay tuned as we announce more featured guests in the coming weeks!




Ticket Information:

• General Admission: $50
• Donor tickets with access to an intimate VIP session with featured authors start at $150
• In an effort to make our event as accessible as possible, we are pleased to offer a reduced-rate ticket option this year. For more information, contact [email protected].

The evening's events will be closed-captioned and broadcast the following day for those who are unable to attend live.

Click here to reserve tickets for the Eastern Hemisphere edition of our gala, which will be held on Wednesday, October 27, at 12 PM London (BST) / 4:30 PM Delhi (IST) / 8 PM Tokyo (JST).


We are grateful for the support of our Gala Host Committee, Publishing Champions, and Media Partners:


Host Committee:

Daniel Halpern, Ecco Press founder, editor, and poet

Honorary Chair
Jhumpa Lahiri, winner, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Charlotte Artus
Richard d'Albert and Catherine Greenman
Katherine Vaz Cerf and Christopher Cerf
Abe Hsuan
Jenny Staff Johnson
Alane Salierno Mason
Maaza Mengiste
Jennifer Moross
Jim Ottaway, Jr.
Tara Parsons
Kalpana Raina
Sarah Salih von Maltzahn
Samantha Schnee
Jonathan Schorr
Rebecca Servadio
Margo Viscusi

Publishing Champions:


Amazon Publishing
Other Press

Astra House
London Literary Scouting
Maria B. Campbell Associates
Penguin Random House


Media Partners:
Archipelago Books
The Common
Latin American Literature Today
Kweli Journal
The Offing
Open Letter Books

Support as of September 13, 2021.

For information about sponsorship, contact Karen M. Phillips, [email protected].

To become a media partner, please contact Bruna Dantas Lobato, [email protected].

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