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Audible Releases a Free Audiobook of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” has become one of the most beloved short stories written by humorist James Thurber.

The story follows Walter Mitty “who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.” Ben Stiller served as both the director and lead actor for a film adaptation that will be released on Christmas Day.

To promote his movie, Stiller sat with Audible for an interview and recorded himself reading the Thurber tale. Follow this link to download the unabridged audiobook for free. What do you think? (via USA Today)

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Dan Zevin Wins the 2013 Thurber Prize

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Dan Zevin, author of the comic memoir Dan Gets a Mini-Van: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad, has won the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

He received $5,000 in prize money and a crystal plaque at a ceremony held in New York City.

This year’s judges included True Prep author Lisa BirnbachThe Potty Mouth at the Table author Laurie Notaro, and Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America author Nate DiMeo.

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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.

Nate the Great Illustrator Has Died

Caldecott Medal-winning artist Marc Simont has died. He was 97-years-old. Over the course of his career, he illustrated almost one hundred books.

Simont became well-known for his work in children’s literature such as Marjorie Weinman Sharmat’s Nate the Great series and Janice May Udry’s A Tree Is Nice.

He also collaborated with many adult writers including sportswriter Red Smith and humorist James Thurber.

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Apply for Writer-in-Residence Program at Thurber House

You can apply for the second annual John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence program at the Thurber House from now through July 1, 2013.

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.

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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)

Nate DiMeo, Patricia Marx & Calvin Trillin Named Thurber Prize Finalists

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 Seeks Applicants for the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence Program

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.”

David Rakoff, Mike Birbiglia & Rick Reilly Named Thurber Prize Finalists

The finalists for the $5,000 Thurber Prize have been revealed. Follow these links to read free samples of the finalists: Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia, Half Empty by David Rakoff and Sports From Hell: My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition by Rick Reilly.

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.”

Keith Olbermann Hopes to Narrate James Thurber Audiobooks

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.

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