On the evening of April 4, the American writer Vivian Gornick received the Paris Review’s Hadada Award for lifetime achievement. Gornick, 87, is the author of the memoir Fierce Attachments and of many essay collections. Previous recipients of the award include Jamaica Kincaid, Richard Ford, N. Scott Momaday, and Lydia Davis.
I recognized Gornick’s name because I’ve read her work for years. But “Hadada”? That word—name?—stumped me. Other Paris Review prizes are named for writers: George Plimpton (the publication’s founding editor), Terry Southern. Is there a literary Hadada I wasn’t aware of?
No, but there’s an avian hadada.