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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thurber Prize for American Humor (1997-2010)

From Thurber House accessed 8/13/10

2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor Finalists

The three finalists for the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor –the winner will be announced on Monday, October 4 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City– are:

Why Is My Mother Getting at Tattoo? By Jancee Dunn 
How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely -- Winner!
Mennonite in a Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

The Thurber Prize for American Humor

Started in 1997, the Thurber Prize for American Humor is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. A panel of national judges selects the three finalists from a selection of seven or eight semi-finalists. Books submitted for a prize year had to have been published the prior year. Established in 1996, the prize began being awarded annually in 2004.

The winner is announced at a special awards ceremony at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City where James Thurber once lived. The winner of the prize receives $5,000 and then is the guest entertainment for the annual December Thurber Birthday Gala.

1997: Ian Frazier, Coyote v. Acme
1999: The editorial staff of the satirical magazine The Onion for Our Dumb Century
2001: David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
2004: Christopher Buckley, No Way to Treat a First Lady
2005: Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum for America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
2006: Alan Zweibel, The Other Shulman
2007: Joe Keenan, My Lucky Star
2008: Larry Doyle, I Love You, Beth Cooper

2009 Finalists:
Lamentations of the Father by Ian Frazier -- Winner!
I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Wrack and Ruin by Don Lee
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro

2008 Finalists:
Larry Doyle. I Love You, Beth Cooper -- Winner!
Patricia Marx. Him Her Him Again the End of Him
Simon Rich. Ant Farm

2007 Finalists:
Joe Keenan, My Lucky Star -- Winner!
Bob Newhart. I shouldn't even be doing this! and other things that strike me as funny
Merrill Markoe.   Walking in circles before lying down.

2006 Finalists:
Alan Zweibel, The Other Shulman --Winner!
Kinky Friedman. Texas Hold 'Em: How I was born in a manger, died in the saddle, and came back as a horny toad
Bill Scheft.  Time Won't Let Me

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