Thank you to everyone who helped make the inaugural Genre Ball a great success!

Here are some highlights from the evening:

Pictures from the Photo Booth.

Party photos.

Gothamist’s coverage.

Electric Literature’s coverage.


Music. Drinks. Costume Contest. Dancing.



Mia Alvar
Alexander Chee
Sloane Crosley
Michael Cunningham
Mary Gaitskill
Lev Grossman
Eduardo Halfon
A.M. Homes
Tanwi Nandini Islam
J. Robert Lennon
Paul Murray

Get your ticket for the Electric Literature Genre Ball before they sell out! Capacity is limited and this is going to be one fun party…

Dress code: costumes and/or cocktail attire

BEST COSTUME wins a night at the Ace Hotel New York! Costume finalists will be judged by Michael Cunningham, Mary Gaitskill, and Lev Grossman.

Dress as your favorite literary genre (or genre mashup)!

Costume suggestions: apocalyptic bandit; adulterous aristocrat; teenage detective; product of an unfortunate lab incident; raised by nuns; raised by wolves; boarding school dropout; small town dreamer; adorable pickpocket; mysterious benefactor; ragtag team of misfits (group costume); space traveler; intergalactic queen; misunderstood outlaw; grizzled cop who’s seen it all; fun-loving orphan; mother of dragons

Invitation by Samplerman



Three levels of support available:

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$150 – Very Important Partier – SOLD OUT

Attend the GenreBall at Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York and a VIP reception at the Electric Literature offices


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$100 – Partier – Online ticket sales are now closed, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door (cash or card).

Attend the Genre Ball at Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York


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$50 – Partier in Absentia

“I can’t come but I want to support the Ball.”


Genre Ball (8-11pm) – Ace Hotel New York, 20 W. 29th St, NYC 10001
Enjoy complimentary drinks, awesome music, a literary costume contest, and a killer dance floor. Come dressed as your favorite literary genre and be eligible to win a free night at the Ace Hotel. PLEASE NOTE: This is a 21+ party!

VIP Reception (6:30-8pm) – Electric Literature offices
Mingle with the Genre Ball literary hosts and guests of honor at the Electric Literature offices, just down the street from the Ace Hotel. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with us before the Ball begins.

Your generous support will enable us to do even more to help writers reach readers in the digital age. We look forward to seeing you at the Ball!

Watch Genre Ball hosts Lev Grossman and Mia Alvar get zombified in preparation for the big night:

Electric Lit, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all sponsorships and donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
$100 Genre Ball tickets have a tax-deductible value of $60.
$150 Genre Ball + VIP reception tickets have a tax-deductible value of $95.

For general inquires, or information about sponsorships, please email Catherine LaSota: catherine [at]

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors!

Gigawatt Sponsor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Megawatt Sponsor: Grove Atlantic
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VIP Party Favors by Pop Chart Lab and Litographs

Donated books for our guests courtesy of: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; Bellevue Literary Press; Graywolf Press; Knopf Doubleday; and Penguin Random House. Additional part favors courtesy of Matchbook Stories.