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2023 Words Without Borders 20th Anniversary Virtual Gala

This festive evening will feature readings by some of the world's leading literary voices! Celebrate 20 years of Words Without Borders.
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Join us and a dazzling group of authors and translators for a celebration of the power of international literature! Hosted by Merve Emre and featuring readings by Ilya Kaminsky, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Poupeh Missaghi, and Laila Lalami, we’ll also offer virtual greetings from our global community and host a fundraising appeal for Words Without Borders Campus.

Tickets to the virtual gala are free. Please consider making a donation to support WWB (donations are tax-deductible in the US). A recording of the event will be posted on WWB’s Youtube channel several days after it takes place.

Tech and accessibility information

This event will be hosted on Zoom, which is available for download here. You’ll receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event via email. Your display name should match the name you use to register for the event. You can change your Zoom display name by following these instructions.

In-app closed captioning and a full transcript will be available for this event. While in the meeting, you can toggle this on and off by clicking the “Live Transcription/CC” button at the bottom of your screen. You will not be able to turn on your own audio and video for this Zoom event. ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please email Anna at before Wednesday, October 11.