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Calvin Trillin Wins the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor

Calvin Trillin, author of Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, has been named the winner of the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He won $5,000 in prize money and a crystal plaque.

The announcement was revealed last night at a ceremony held in New York City. This year’s judging panel consisted of former New York Times reporter Ralph Blumenthal, novelist Jennifer Crusie and fiction writer Luanne Rice.

This prize, awarded annually, was established to honor the legacy of humor writer/cartoonist James Thurber. Here’s more from the release: “Trillin, age 76, who became The Nation’s ‘deadline poet’ in 1990, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of 20 books including the bestselling About Alice and Obliviously on He Sails. His new book, Dogfight: An Occasionally Interrupted Narrative Poem About the Presidential Campaign, will be published in December.” (Photo Credit: Leslie Miller)

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