Join Us for the Second Annual Genre Ball!

Literature’s wildest party returns in October

Electric Literature’s second annual Genre Ball is the literary costume party you have been dreaming of. The Friday before Halloween, come dressed as your favorite genre, book, or character for a night of dancing, carousing, and general merriment to support Electric Literature.

Cocktail Reception — VIP Ticket Holders Only
Electric Literature Headquarters
Electric Literature Headquarters (3 Blocks from Ace Hotel)
1140 Broadway, Suite 704, New York, NY 10001

The Genre Ball — VIP and Partier Ticket Holders
Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

8–11pm After cocktails, we’ll go three blocks to the Ace Hotel to join the rest of the partiers for an evening of drinks, dancing to tunes, and a costume contest judged by our illustrious hosts. Onsite facepainting will be available from Sheila J. Faces and tunes will be brought to you buy Health Klub DJs.

Dress: Costumes are optional, and cocktail attire is suggested for those not in disguise. Those in costume will have a chance to win the grand prize in our costume contest: a one night stay courtesy of our friends at Ace Hotel New York.

Pictures from the 1st Annual Genre Ball. Photo credit: Aslan Chalom

The 2016 Genre Ball is hosted by:

  • Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes The Sun
  • James Hannaham, author of Delicious Foods
  • Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock
  • Kelly Luce, author of Pull Me Under
  • Anna Noyes, author of Goodnight Beautiful Women
  • Helen Phillips, author of Some Possible Solutions
  • Hannah Pittard, author of Listen to Me
  • Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens
  • Lynne Tillman, author of What Would Lynne Tillman Do?
  • Teddy Wayne, author of Loner

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; whatever pops into your head.

The lucky winner of the costume contest will receive a free one night stay courtesy of our friends at Ace Hotel New York!

There are three ticket levels available:

VERY IMPORTANT PARTIER — $200: 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.

PARTIER — $100: Attend the Genre Ball at Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York.

VIP ONLY — $100: Attend the VIP reception at the Electric Literature offices with literary libations, hearty appetizers, and prize-winning authors.

PARTIER IN ABSENTIA: Support the Genre Ball from afar with a donation in the amount of your choosing.

Want a 15% ticket discount? Become an Electric Literature member!

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!

Electric Lit, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and all ticket purchases are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by the law.

For any questions or more information, please contact Ellen Claycomb at

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