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Friday, August 22, 2008

James Thurber’s Legacy

For those of a certain age, James Thurber defined American humor during the first 50 years of the 20th century. Each year Thurber House, a literary center and museum located in the Cleveland, Ohio home Thurber lived in from 1913 to 1917 awards a $5,000 Thurber Prize to a contemporary humorist. The 2008 prize will be announced October 6 at the Algonquin Hotel, Thurber’s New York haunt. The short list includes these books owned by the library:

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

Him Her Again the End of Him by Patricia Marx

Some previous winners include:

Coyote verses Acme by Ian Frazier

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

No Way to Treat a First Lady by Christopher Buckley

My Lucky Star by Joe Keenan

So, what’s the funniest book you have read recently? Let us know.

Don’t Miss . . .
Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11

On a more serious note, Patrick Creed and Rick Newman, authors of Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11, will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center. The event is sponsored by the library’s Center for the Book.

Creed, a volunteer firefighter and Army officer, spent over five years scouring public records and conducting 150 interviews to compile this account, including the stories of Fairfax County firefighters. Newman has written for U.S. News & World Report for more than 15 years. From 1995 through 2001, Newman was the magazine’s chief Pentagon correspondent.

No registration required; first come, first served. Books will be available for sale and signing. The Government Center is located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035. For more information, call 703-324-8428.

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