Friday, October 11, 2013

Looking for some laughs? This year's Thurber winner

Laughing Michael
Photo by ~Ealasaid~ available through a Creative Commons license

If you're ever looking for tales to tickle your funny bones, a good place to look is the Thurber Prize, an annual award for humor writing. The award has been around since 1997, and you can find its list of past winners and finalists on the Thurber House website.

The prize's namesake is 20th century humorist James Thurber, whose works spanned commentary, fiction, children's literature, "New York" magazine cartoons and short stories, including perhaps the story he's best known for, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In our library you can find "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in The Greatest American Short Stories: Twenty classics of our heritage (SSC GREATEST) as well as Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (818.02 RUSSELL). Ben Stiller is directing and starring in a movie version of the story, too, that's set to come out this Christmas.

Below are the finalists and winner of this year's Thurber Prize.

Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad
By Dan Levin
814.6 ZEVIN

Hope, A Tragedy
By Shalom Auslander

By Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
FIC BARRY (also on audiobook, AD FIC BARRY)

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