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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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Win $5,000 in The Truth in Advertising Contest

To celebrate John Kenney‘s The Truth in Advertising, Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Books imprint has created a contest with a $5,000 prize.

If you want to enter, you must design an advertisement for the novel. Each contestant may submit up to three entries and the deadline is April 30th.

Anyone can enter, and a “a panel of advertising industry experts” will pick the winner. Follow this link to read all the official rules. Check out the competition at the Truth in Advertising’s official tumblr page.