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 DoyleHim Her Again the End of Him
by Patricia Marx
Some previous winners include:Coyote verses Acme
by Ian FrazierMe Talk Pretty One Day
by David SedarisNo Way to Treat a First Lady
by Christopher BuckleyMy 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.
Labels: Humor, James Thurber, Thurber Prize