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Friday, October 05, 2007

Thurber Prize

Among the various literary awards bestowed in the U.S. – the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, the Pen Faulkner – is a lesser known accolade known as the James Thurber Award for American Humor.

On Wednesday, October 3, an Associated Press story announced that Joe Keenan, a television writer-producer who won an Emmy 10 years ago for his work on the TV sit-com Frasier, is the most recent recipient of the humor award. He was cited for his novel, My Lucky Star.

He has illustrious company, including runner up Bob Newhart, and previous winners Jon Stewart, David Sedaris and Christopher Buckley.

If you want to lighten your days, here are a few books to try:

I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This by Bob Newhart

America: The Book by Jon Stewart

Dress Your Family in Corduroy or Denim by David Sedaris

People Have More Fun Than Anybody by James Thurber

Don’t Miss . . .

"Conversations That Count: Talking With Your Doctor in Sickness and in
Health," 7:30 p.m., October 11, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. To sign up, call 703-790-8088. Helen
Osborne, president of Health Literacy Consulting, will discuss asking the
right questions of your health professional.

"Minerva Louise at the Library," 7 p.m., October 9, Kings Park Library,
9000 Burke Lake Rd., To sign up, call 703-978-5600. Age 3 and up with an adult. Janet Stoeke, author of numerous books including the popular Minerva Louise series, will discuss her new book, Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve. Books available for sale and signing courtesy of Borders.

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