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Debut Novelist John Kenney Wins Thurber Prize for American Humor

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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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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.”

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.