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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.

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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.

Thurber Prize Finalists Announced for the 2010

thurber23.jpgThis 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.

Two Tuesday Title-Twisting Tests

9780802170606.JPGIn an odd twist of fate, GalleyCat has spotted two informal book title contests on the Internet today, both celebrating comical takes on bestseller titles.

First of all, Steve Hely has initiated a fake bestseller contest on Facebook, inspired by the phony blockbuster list in his novel, “How I Became a Famous Novelist.” Here’s more from the NY Time‘s Papercuts blog: “Hely presents a mock version of The New York Times best-seller list … Click here to download the complete list.” In a similar vein, Paste Magazine spotted some Harry Potter-themed title hijinks on Twitter as readers get excited about the upcoming film.

Here’s more from the post: “Others, struck with panic about the end of the Potter era that looms just a few years ahead after the double dose of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, are tweeting away with their best comical predictions for the future of Harry. A sizable flurry of posts hash-tagged ‘#HarryPotterSequels‘ offers clever ideas for titles for yet another sequel.”