Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thurber Prize for American Humor - winner announced

Thurber Winner

(l.-r.) Harrison Scott Key, Mary Norris, Jason Gay and host John Kenney, the 2014 Thurber winner for his book, Truth in Advertising  (Touchstone).  (Photo: Anne Tourvell)
Harrison Scott Key has won the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor, sponsored by Thurber House, for his memoir, The World's Largest Man (Harper). He received $5,000 and a commemorative crystal plaque last night at a ceremony at Carolines on Broadway in New York City.

The judges called the book "both a grand comic satire on the contemporary American South and the tender story of a boy and his Bunyanesque father, told with the comic punch of David Sedaris and the wild, burlesque charm of Mark Twain."

Runners-up were Jason Gay for Little Victories (Anchor) and Mary Norris for Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (Norton).

via Shelf Awareness

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