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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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Steve Hely Wins the 2010 Thurber Prize

Last night, Steve Hely (pictured with Keith Olbermann) was pronounced this year’s winner of the Thurber Prize. His win includes $5,000 and a crystal plaque. Magazine journalist Jancee Dunn and memoir writer Rhoda Janzen were the other finalists; they each received a Thurber print.

Hely’s resume boasts an extensive career in comedy television writing. He has writing credits from his work on 30 Rock, The Office, The Late Show With David Letterman, and American Dad. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he served as president of The Harvard Lampoon. The Thurber Prize honored his debut novel, How I Became a Famous Novelist.

The event was held in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel. MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann made a quick appearance to read from a Thurber volume of fables. Judges for this year’s Thurber Prize include two 2009 finalists, Laurie Notaro and Sloane Crosley. Joining the finalists as a judge is writer-editor Bruce Tracy, who in the past served as editorial director for at Doubleday and Random House. Past winners of the Thurber Prize include David Sedaris, Christopher Buckley, Jon Stewart, and 2-time honoree Ian Frazier.

David Cross Gets Literary Support from Keith Olbermann

9780446579483_154X233.jpgEarlier this year, it seemed like publishers inked book deals with comedians on a daily basis. David Cross, the star of Mr. Show and Arrested Development will lead the pack, publishing his new book today: “I Drink For a Reason.”

Cross’ book will join a crowded field soon, as comedians like Sarah Silverman and Jerry Seinfeld have set off bidding wars between houses. Time Magazine caught up with the deadpan comedian in an interview this week, getting his thoughts on the Arrested Development film, his upcoming stand-up tour, and the book.

Here’s more about Cross’ blurb from news anchor and author Keith Olbermann: “That was my idea. I’m friends with Keith, I like him quite a bit. And as he says in the blurb, we disagree about things, but we have very interesting, good, educated conversations about stuff. And we’re in a fantasy baseball league together.”