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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.”

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Thurber Prize Shortlist Produces Shouts & Murmurs

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Judges for the Thurber Prize, “the nation’s highest recognition of the art of humor writing,” announced their shortlist for this year’s award—especially notable, perhaps, in that all three finalists are regular contributors to The New Yorker. First there’s Larry Doyle, for the ‘high school flashback novel I Love You, Beth Cooper, then Patricia Marx and her novel Him Her Him Again The End of Him, and finally Simon Rich, whose collection Ant Farm actually includes several short pieces published in the magazine.

By the way, though the headline is technically correct, Marx is best known to New Yorker readers for her “On and Off the Avenue” articles on shopping—she hasn’t had a humor piece in the magazine since 2005′s “Audio Tour.” Doyle’s last contribution was back in May of this year, while Rich turned up earlier this month.