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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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Vroman’s Bookstore to Appear on Parks and Recreation TV Show

Vroman’s Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Pasadena, will be appearing on season four of the NBC series, Parks and Recreation. According to Jacket Copy, the bookseller will host an author event headlined by Leslie Knope, a parks department bureaucrat played by Amy Poehler.

Hyperion will release the actual title in paperback format in October. Poehler’s character wrote Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, a 240-page humor book contains illustrations, photographs and commentary from all of the show’s characters.

Here’s more from NBC.com: “Each chapter will explore a different aspect of the fictional town’s history and expand upon events hinted at in the series, such as: the time the whole town was on fire, its long list of ridiculous town slogans, and the ongoing raccoon infestation. Knope, a resident of Pawnee since her childhood, provides all of the research and comical insights into this Midwestern town that fans have grown to love.”

Robopocalypse Video Contest

To celebrate the release of Daniel H. Wilson‘s Robopocalypse, Doubleday has opened a video contest.

The Robopocalypse Video Contest features three cash prizes: $250 for second prize, $500 for first prize, and $750 for the grand prize. Readers have until May 13th to design a video inspired by the new novel.

Here’s more from the release: “Your video must be either 30 seconds or 60 seconds in duration and in one of these accepted formats: ‘MOV,’ ‘MP4,’ ‘WMV,’ ‘FLV,’ or ‘AVI.’ Your video must feature the book shot of Robopocalypse somewhere within. You can find everything that you need, including an excerpt of the book, images, directions on how to upload your video, complete rules and other resources at our Facebook page.”

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April Fools’ Day Publishing News

In honor of April Fools’ Day, fake publishing news has been circulating the Internet all day. We rounded up a few examples.  Above, we’ve embedded that Harry Potter/Dangerous Minds parody skit from College Humor.

Smashwords revealed plans to purchase Amazon to create Smashazon.com, a site dedicated to making “your eBook, your way.”

Author Jane Friedman offered her funny predictions with The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations. She imagined that authors James Patterson, Stephen King, and Dan Brown will create United Authors, an collective earning $11 billion by 2016.

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Weird Al Yankovic On Writing in Verse

In celebration of both April Fool’s Day and National Poetry Month, we bring you an interview with Grammy Award-winning parody musician Weird Al Yankovic (pictured, via Seth Olenick).

As we reported, Yankovic’s children’s book (When I Grow Up) recently climbed The New York Times‘ bestseller list. Here are highlights from the interview…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: I was approached a few years ago by Anne Hoppe, an editor at HarperCollins. She was a fan of my songwriting, and thought that the wordplay and sensibility displayed in my lyrics suggested that I might be adept at writing children’s books. I readily agreed, having felt the same thing for quite some time.

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Jon Stewart & Julie Andrews Win Audiobook Grammy Awards

Last night, Jon Stewart & The Daily Show writers won the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Award for Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. Julie Andrews and her daughter (Emma Walton Hamilton) won the Best Spoken Word Album for Children award for the poetry collection, Julie Andrews’ Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies.

In the video embedded above, Andrews reads a poem. Andrews also won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In her acceptance speech earlier this month, the actress talked about her work as a children’s author.

When Stewart read at a New York City Barnes & Noble, he explained the book’s premise: “This is the entirety of the human experience. How we got here, what we did while we were here, and obviously, how we’re leaving. We’ll tell you, it’s really quite funny.”

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