Girls Write Now is proud to honor Pamela Paul with the prestigious “Gamechanger Award” at the highly anticipated literary event of the season, the Girls Write Now Awards on May 19th in New York City. Last year’s “Gamechanger Award” went to Girls Write Now honoree Gloria Steinem. Pamela, who has been the editor of The New York Times Book Review since April 2013, is a game changer who bravely asks the big questions, showcased in her recent book, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary. The book includes interviews with Lena Dunham, Sheryl Sandberg, Jhumpa Lahiri, and JK Rowling. A guest Pamela would invite to a dinner party? Dorothy Parker, she says.
Pamela’s mother, an avid reader, named her daughter after the first English novel, Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, first published in 1740. Pamela’s own deep-rooted love for books, something all of us can relate to at Girls Write Now, inspired Pamela to come up with her passion project, “Book of Books,” or “Bob,” a laundry-list of books Pamela has read and keeps track of in a notebook that she has been writing in since 1988, the summer after her junior year in high school. Pamela’s “Bob” list, detailed in her popular essay for The New York Times, “Life with Bob,” meditates on and meticulously tracks the plethora of books that Pamela has read through the years and inspired her upcoming book of the same name, which will be published by Henry Holt and Company and released in the fall of 2017.
It is with great pride that we honor Pamela Paul and her work to celebrate and hone in on stories that touch all of us.
All girls should be able to tell their stories. And all readers need to hear those girls’ stories. Girls Write Now is doing the important work in making both of these things happen, ensuring that every girl knows she has a story to tell, a voice to tell it in, a right to be heard and a world of readers before her.” —PAMELA PAUL
You’re invited to the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards! Help us honor Pamela Paul, and fellow honorees Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americah and We Should All be Feminists) and Juju Chang (Co-Anchor, ABC News Nightline) with emcee Mariane Pearl (Journalist and Managing Editor, Chime for Change) at Three Sixty° Tribeca on May 19. Purchase your tickets and reserve your spot – we hope to see you there!