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2022 Literary Prize Awards Ceremony

Join us for the the fifth annual awards ceremony! Presented by Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute, the fifth annual Awards Ceremony program will include a conversation with the finalist authors moderated by Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” at The Morgan Library in New York City on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Ceremony from 6:30-7:45 p.m. ET 
Celebratory reception & winner toast immediately following until 8:30 p.m. ET.

General admission & livestream access are FREE
with donations of any amount helping to defray event costs & support our mission

Gifts greater than $250.00 will be granted VIP access to the event

Ticketing options

VIP Ticket Includes:
– a docent tour of The Morgan Library
– a prosecco toast
– premium reserved seating for the ceremony
– access to the wine and hors d’oeuvres reception following the ceremony
– a hard copy of the prize-winning book
– an Audible code (details below)
If you select a VIP ticket, please plan to arrive at The Morgan at 5:15 p.m. ET 

General Admission Includes:
– first come, first served seating at the ceremony
– access to the wine and hors d’oeuvres reception following the ceremony
– an Audible code (details below)

Livestream Access Includes:
 – a link to view the event in real-time

All in-person attendees receive a code for a one-month Audible Promotional Gift Membership, which includes unlimited access to the Audible Plus Catalog and one credit that can be used for any title available on Audible.You will receive your code at the event.

Donations are 100% tax-deductible and can be made at the bottom of the registration page by toggling “Add a contribution to this checkout.”, after selecting your ticket choice

Contributions greater than $250.00 will automatically become a VIP ticket and $250.00 of the donation will be non tax-deductible. Please indicate if you wish to forgo the VIP program and intend the gift to be 100% tax-deductible.

Health & Safety Policies:
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required at the doors of the event.

The five shortlisted titles are novels, one of them a debut (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev), that address a broad range of important contemporary social issues, including the global migrant crisis, the trauma of natural disasters and racism in America. The finalists— Hala Alyan, Myriam J.A. Chancy, Omar El Akkad, Kirstin Valdez Quade and Dawnie Walton were selected by the four-member jury Angie Cruz, Danielle Evans, Ann Friedman and Kiese Laymon. 

Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of All Things Considered, NPR’s award-winning afternoon newsmagazine, will moderate a panel of the finalists during the Ceremony.

Read more about the finalists here.


Zibby Owens
Peter Rigby

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Event information
Thu Apr 21, 2022
The Morgan Library