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 Sedaris, Steve 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.
The four-week program includes a $4,000 stipend, “community outreach opportunities” and a stay in the two-bedroom apartment where writer and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber once lived. Here’s more about the fall 2013 program:
Applications are now being accepted, and the genre for applicants is fiction. Residents will be chosen by July 15, 2013 and the residency will take place in September and October 2013. The application guidelines are as follows: Candidates must have had a book published by a traditional publisher within the last three years or have a current piece of their work under contract … Follow this link to learn more details and download the application.
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)
Three finalists have been picked for 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor, a list that includes two New Yorker writers and TV comedy tie-in book.
The finalists are: Nate DiMeo for Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, Patricia Marx for Starting from Happy and Calvin Trillin for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. The $5,000 prize and a commemorative crystal plaque honors the “outstanding book of humor writing” for the year, and is named after author James Thurber.
Here’s more: “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 on October 1. The host for the evening will be Randy Cohen, former ‘Ethicist’ columnist for the New York Times Magazine from 1999-2011, and author of the upcoming book, Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.”
Thurber House has launched the “John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence Program.” One writer will receive a $4,000 stipend and a two-month stay at the boyhood home of famous humor writer, James Thurber.
Follow this link to learn more details and download the application. The contest closes on March 15, 2012. The program honors celebrated photojournalist John E. Nance who devoted four decades of his life to photography and writing.
Here’s more from the release: “Nance himself was a Thurber House Writer-in-Residence in 1995 and 1998. He served on the Thurber House Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2009, acted as its official events photographer, and contributed features and book reviews to The Columbus Dispatch. He died in March 2010 … Reviving a program that ran from 1984-2002, the residency is intended to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop his or her work, while enjoying the opportunity to live in Thurber’s boyhood home.”
This year’s panel of judges included two-time Thurber Prize winner Ian Frazier, 2010 Thurber Prize finalist Jancee Dunn and novelist Meg Wolitzer. The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony on October 3rd in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel.
Here’s more from the release: “The 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor will be conferred upon the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humor writing published in the United States between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010. Initiated in 1996, thirty-five years after the death of this key figure in the development of American humor, it is the nation’s highest recognition of the art of humor writing.”
MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann reads a James Thurber story every Friday on his MSNBC show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann. After a lifetime of reading Thurber, Olbermann hopes to narrate audiobook versions of Thurber’s writings.
At the Thurber Awards on Wednesday, Olbermann said he avoided the library at Cornell unless it was to borrow the works of Thurber. He began to read Thurber’s short stories on his show in March 2010 at the suggestion of his then-dying father, Theodore. He talks about this at the seven-minute mark in the above embedded video. That night, he read The Peacelike Mongoose from Thurber’s 1956 second volume of fables, Further Fables of Our Time.
Thurber’s only daughter, Rosemary, wrote the MSNBC journalist after one reading. He explained: “I said to my father, ‘You know, these sorts of things are copyrighted and there is a small chance that a fee may be required.” What at first looked like a bill was in fact Rosemary’s approval to continue the readings.
At the ceremony, Olbermann announced that he will perform a Thurber reading at the 92Y on Father’s Day 2011.
This year’s $5,000 Thurber Prize is down to three contenders. They are: Why is My Mother Getting a Tattoo: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask by Jancee Dunn, How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely, and Mennonite in a Little Black Dress (a Memoir of Going Home) by Rhoda Janzen.
This group of authors is a diverse bunch. While in college Hely served as president of the Harvard Lampoon, the university’s famous humor magazine. He currently writes alongside SNL veteran Tina Fey on her series, 30 Rock. Dunn has had an extensive career in magazine journalism having worked on Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Jane. For five years, she wrote under the pseudonym Dr. Sooth as a sex columnist for GQ. Janzen holds a PhD from UCLA and is currently an English professor at Hope College.
The Thurber Prize is now in its 26th year, named after the humorist James Thurber (pictured). The winner will receive $5,000 and a crystal plaque. GalleyCat reported when the 2009 Thurber Prize was awarded to Ian Frazier for his work, Lamentations of the Father. He is a two-time winner of the prize; in 1997 he won for the title, Coyote vs. Acme.