How Many Awards Can Elif Batuman win in one Year?

Not that we’re complaining, but Elif Batuman is really running circles around just about everybody else in the awards department. She recently picked up a Whiting Award, and now via The Paris Review comes more news that makes all of us feel like we’re all slacking way too hard.

On Tuesday, April 12, The Paris Review will single out two young writers at its Spring Revel.

April Ayers Lawson will receive the Review’s Plimpton Prize for “Virgin,” which appeared in our fall issue and marked Lawson’s national debut.

Elif Batuman will receive the first-ever Terry Southern Prize for Humor for “My Twelve-Hour Blind Date, with Dostoevsky,” her five-part account of a marathon theatrical performance on Governor’s Island. The series appeared last July on The Paris Review Daily.

Congrats to both of them.

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