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The 2019 Moth Ball

Join us on June 4 for the best party of the year, honoring author and social commentator Roxane Gay!

Tickets and tables for The Moth Ball are on sale now.

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Thanks so much for your interest in The Moth Ball. This year’s Ball, A Wrinkle In Space and Time, will be held on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:30 - 11:00 PM at Capitale in New York City (130 Bowery). This special evening will include a cocktail party, an elegant seated dinner, a silent auction, and our signature Moth Ball storytelling show featuring the annual Moth Award presentation to Roxane Gay, followed by dessert and dancing.

The Moth Ball is our annual spring gala and largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds from the event support:

  • Live Moth storytelling shows (600+ from New York to Nairobi)
  • The Moth Radio Hour, airing on 485+ public radio stations across the country
  • Our free weekly podcast downloaded by millions each week 
  • The Moth's Community and Education programs, which extend storytelling instruction and performance opportunities to thousands of New York City high school students, educators around the world, and individuals often misrepresented or underrepresented by the mainstream media, such as those involved in the criminal justice system.

Tables of 10 start at $10,000 ($8,000 tax-deductible); single tickets start at $500 ($300 tax-deductible). Get your seats today!

If you cannot attend the Ball on June 4, we would be incredibly grateful if you would consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to The Moth in support of the event.

2019 Moth Award Recipient, Roxane Gay!

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Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and New York Times bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of My Body. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel and the editor of Best American Short Stories 2018. She is currently at work on film and television projects, a book of writing advice, an essay collection about television and culture, and a YA novel entitled The Year I Learned Everything

2019 Moth Ball Host, Simon Doonan!

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Simon Doonan is the Creative Ambassador at Large of Barneys New York, a columnist for Slate, and the best-selling author of many books.

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A man sets out on a mission to fulfill a childhood desire.

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Hollywood Calling...But Not Really

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Simon Doonan tries out for The Devil Wears Prada but realizes they were interested in more than his acting.

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The First Elf

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A stylist stirs up controversy when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas.

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Fear of Squat

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An 80's obsession gets a window dresser into trouble.

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