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Debut Novelist John Kenney Wins Thurber Prize for American Humor

johnkenneyGuest post written by Kelsey Manning (@kelseyMmanning)

Before Thurber Prize winner John Kenney settled in to read a selection from his novel Truth in Advertising, he had a few words for his fellow finalist:

“Dear David Letterman, Please let me win this award. Just this one. We need the money.”

It was one of many hilarious moments during last night’s presentation of the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor. David Letterman attended alongside co-writer Bruce McCall on behalf of their book This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me). In the absence of third finalist Liza Donnelly (Women on Men), her husband Michael Maslin spoke about how much James Thurber means to them, especially as New Yorker cartoonists themselves. The pair’s first date was to see a James Thurber drawing at the Armory on the East Side.

In the true spirit of the night, Truth in Advertising author John Kenney joked, “My first flight wasn’t to the Thurber House or my first date, but I was conceived there.” It was easy to see why the Thurber Prize judges—Meg Wolitzer, John Searles, and Henry Alford—were so taken by the wit in Kenney’s debut. Read more

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‘The Washington Post’ Launches the ‘On Leadership’ Podcast Series with David Sedaris

The Washington Post has launched the new “On Leadership” podcast series featuring humorist David Sedaris. The animated video embedded above features an excerpt from the conversation with Sedaris where he shares the story of a “humbling plane ride.” What do you think?

David Sedaris Shares Photo of Hugh

davidsedarisAuthor David Sedaris has been writing about his partner Hugh Hamrick for years. In a recent column penned for The Guardian, Sedaris has published a photo of Hamrick, alongside a new story about his partner of 23 years.

In the story The One that Got Away, Sedaris decides to ask Hamrick for the first time, how many people he’d slept with before they became a couple.

Here is an excerpt from the piece:

Every man ticked off on his fingers was someone I’d been compared to at one point or another, not overtly – he’s anything but cruel – but surely it happened. Someone kissed better than me. Someone had more stamina, a more seductive voice. I’m confident enough to compete against a dozen of his exes, but he was moving on to the population of a small town.

 

Stephen Colbert Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

america againComedian Stephen Colbert won this year’s Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for the America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t audiobook.

Hachette Audio released it on October 02, 2012. The four other nominees were Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls author David Sedaris, The Storm King author Pete Seeger, Carol and Me author Carol Burnett, and Still Foolin’ ‘Em author Billy Crystal.

Past winners in this category include Society’s Child author Janis Ian, If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t) author Betty White, and Earth (The Book) author Jon Stewart & The Daily Show writers. This marks the second time Colbert won a Grammy Award; he snatched up a Grammy in 2010 for Best Comedy Album.

Hachette Audio Books Nominated For GRAMMY Awards

grammyThree books from Hachette Audio have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards for Best Spoken Word Album. This includes: America Again by Stephen Colbert, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris  and The Storm King by Pete Seeger.

Sedaris has previously been nominated for three GRAMMY awards. His audio books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames were previously nominated for Best Spoken Word album and Live at Carnegie Hall was nominated for Best Comedy Album. The nomination is the first for the other two authors.

Since 1994, Hachette Audio has produced seven GRAMMY award-winning audiobooks. ”Receiving a GRAMMY nomination is a thrill,” stated Michael Pietsch, CEO the Hachette Book Group, so grabbing three nominations in the Spoken Word category is just extraordinary.  It’s wonderful evidence of the superb work being done by Hachette Audio.”

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony will be held January 26th in Los Angeles. 

2013 Thurber Prize Finalists Announced

Three finalists have been picked for 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor. The $5,000 prize, named after author James Thurber, honors an “outstanding book of humor writing” for the year.

The finalists include Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel (Lunatics), Dan Zevin (Dan Gets a Mini-Van), and Shalom Auslander (Hope, A Tragedy). Past winners of this award include David SedarisSteve Hely, and Calvin Trillin. Here’s more from the release:

Now celebrating its 29th year, Thurber House is based in the boyhood home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, in Columbus, Ohio. The award is an annual prize and will be presented with the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council at a ceremony at Carolines on Broadway in New York City on September 30.

Trailer Release for ‘C.O.G.’ by David Sedaris

An official trailer has been released for a film adaptation of David Sedaris’ short story, “C.O.G.” We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

Filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez adapted the story into a screenplay and served as the director. This movie will hit theaters on September 20, 2013.

The original piece, which shares the same title as the movie, was published in Sedaris’ 1997 autobiographical essay collection, Naked. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this project is “the first film based on the works of David Sedaris.”

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‘Selected Shorts’ Radio Show to Feature Special Guest Host David Sedaris

Essayist David Sedaris will serve as a special guest host on the Selected Shorts radio show from April 28th to May 26th.

The organizers behind Sedaris’ segments plan to broadcast a tribute to David Rakoff, a celebration of Dorothy Parker, and one show focusing on the theme of “Family Values.” For New York listeners, the show airs on WNYC every Sunday on AM 820 at 1pm and on FM 93.9 at 10pm.

Here’s more about the radio show: “There is a theme to each Selected Shorts episode and performance. Several stories are presented around each theme. The stories are always fiction, sometimes classic, sometimes new, always performed by great actors from stage, screen and television who bring these short stories to life.”

George W. Bush Memoir Tops College Bestseller List

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, eight out of the top ten titles on college campuses are nonfiction books. Decision Points by George W. Bush topped the list.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson were the only fiction books on the list. Life by Keith Richards and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain joined Bush’s memoir on the list. Humor titles by Jon Stewart and Tucker Max also made the cut.

What titles did you read while you were in college? The magazine surveyed university bookstores across the country for the list. Follow this link for the complete list of participating bookstores.

David Sedaris and His Book Tour Tip Jar

Would you tip your favorite writer? According to a National Post interview, author David Sedaris (pictured, via) installed a tip jar during his book tour and raked in $4,000.

He explained why he stopped the practice in the article: “The problem was then I started hating people who didn’t tip me. I didn’t say anything to them, but I would just sit there thinking, ‘You cheap son of a bitch. I just signed four books and you can’t even give me a dollar?’ And why should they? But I just got so involved in it. I had to stop doing it. I told people it was all for me to spend on candy.”

Sedaris’ latest release, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, has spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also wrote Barrel Fever (1994), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008). (Via Shelf Life)

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