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Look Who’s Coming to the WWB Gala on October 30!

By Words Without Borders

Amitav Ghosh, Dunya Mikhail, Katie Kitamura, Andre Dubus III, Ann Goldstein, Edith Grossman, Esther Allen, and Martin Puchner are among the stellar writers and translators who will mingle with guests and host tables at WWB’s annual celebration of international literature, which will occur on October 30, 2018, at Tribeca Three Sixty° in New York. Chad W. Post, director of Open Letter Books, will be honored with the 2018 Ottaway Award, presented to him by Deep Vellum publisher Will Evans.

Co-chaired by Samantha Schnee, Cristóbal Pera, and Gabriella Page-Fort, with vice chair James Ottaway, Jr. and honorary chair André Aciman, and emceed by Rakesh Satyal, the fifteenth anniversary gala will bring together exciting figures in literary publishing and translation and raise much-needed support for WWB’s mission to foster greater cultural understanding through literature. A record ten publishing industry sponsors have joined as champions of WWB, including longtime supporters Other Press, FSG, and Maria B. Campbell Associates, and AmazonCrossing will underwrite the after-party.

We’re thrilled that more than two dozen WWB contributors will also be in attendance, including Rodrigo Hasbún, Glaydah Namukasa, and Kim Thúy. Jennifer Croft, winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Olga Tockarzuk’s Flights, will be one of the Globe Trot hosts to welcome a second wave of revelers following the gala dinner.

You can find a full list of special guests and supporters below. We hope that you’ll join the celebration on October 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Gala Chairs

Gabriella Page-Fort
Cristóbal Pera
Samantha Schnee


Gala Vice Chair

James H. Ottaway, Jr.


Gala Hosts 

André Aciman, Honorary Chair
Rakesh Satyal, Emcee
Esther Allen
Ian Buruma
Siddhartha Deb
Rebecca Dinerstein
Andre Dubus III
Sergio Chejfec
Álvaro Enrigue
Ru Freeman
Ann Goldstein
Amitav Ghosh
Edith Grossman
Rodrigo Hasbún
Katie Kitamura
Hari Kunzru
Marc Levy
Valeria Luiselli
Norman Manea
Alberto Manguel
Dunya Mikhail
Glaydah Namukasa
Sergio de la Pava
Martin Puchner
Kim Thúy
Kirmen Uribe
Rafia Zakaria


Globe Trot Hosts

Rumaan Alam
Jennifer Croft
Akwaeke Emezi
Gabe Habash
R.O. Kwon
Christina Rickardsson


Publishing Champions

Penguin Random House
Other Press
Maria B. Campbell Associates
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
HarperCollins Publishers
Hachette Book Group
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
London Literary Scouting
Simon & Schuster
The Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative (The City College of New York)


Words Without Borders Gala
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Tribeca Three Sixty° – 10 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY
Tickets on sale now!

Published Sep 10, 2018   Copyright 2018 Words Without Borders

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