WordTheatre is proud to welcome extraordinary writer Simon Van Booy to the 2015 Pushcart Inviting Committee. This British-American author’s work has been featured in short story collections, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Times of London. His commitment to short stories—an art form he has mastered, as evidenced by his collection Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award—makes him an excellent addition to our inviting committee.

Van Booy has wisdom in spades, and his profundity is evidenced in his interviews. On leaving behind a legacy, Van Booy has said, “I don’t want to be remembered, it doesn’t mean anything to me. I wish to leave behind great joy that seems without beginning or end.” If this seems philosophical to you, you wouldn’t be wrong. Van Booy’s three volumes on philosophy, Why We Fight, Why We Love, and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter, exemplify his pensive analysis of the world, and his point of view is “brimming with thoughts from history’s pre-eminent ponderers” (The Wall Street Jounral).

Like most philosophers, he sees the inherent magic of the world. Unlike most philosophers, he’s also an avid amateur magician. His best trick? Extending unto you his most candid invitation to celebrate 40 years of the most prestigious award in American fiction, the Pushcart Prize. He asks that you attend our benefit, held on July 18th at Guild Hall in the Hamptons, will feature incomparable actors reading incomparable fiction.

One night only. It’ll be magic without compare. We guarantee it.