SOCK IT TO THEM: Books and new subscriptions are pretty much a given for guests at The Paris Review’s annual Spring Revel. But this time around editor Lorin Stein has enlisted the talents of Gabriela Hearst and Peter Miles to design signature socks as a parting gift for attendees at the April 5 gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The fashion designer Hearst and art director Miles, whose portfolio includes work for Céline, took into consideration some of the cover art from the literary journal. The women’s design borrows from Derek Boshier’s art on the spring 1966 issue’s cover and the men’s version drew from Günter Fruhtrunk’s handiwork on the summer 1969 one. Hearst teamed with the Italian sock specialist Maria La Rosa to produce the women’s socks.
Lydia Davis will receive this year’s Hadada Award from “Fog of War” filmmaker Errol Morris, who is also one of her high school classmates. Morris recently started working on a mini-documentary with another longtime friend, the photographer Elsa Dorfman. Known for her untouched and more or less unposed portraiture, Dorfman said Tuesday that she is in the dark about when the project is expected to be done and what its working title is. “I do what Errol tells me to do and don’t ask any questions,” she said.
David Szalay will receive the 2016 Plimpton Prize from Rachel Kushner for his novellas “Youth” and “Lascia Amor e siegui Marte,” which debuted in the summer and winter issues, respectively. The honor will help usher in some free publicity for Szalay whose book “All That Man Is” will be released Oct. 4 by Graywolf Press.
Another award recipient, Chris Bachelder, this year’s Terry Southern Prize winner, will also no doubt welcome the attention. His novel “The Throwback Special,” which was serialized in The Paris Review, just hit book stores Monday. Tony-winning playwright John Guare of “Six Degrees of Separation” fame will be on hand to present the novelist with his award. A New York night will be reward enough for Bachelder, an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati. He said Tuesday, “My wife and I are leaving our kids with family and coming to the Spring Revel together in April. That will be our celebration.”