ATTEND THE THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR
The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States, is coming to Columbus! Thurber House is proud to bring the beloved national award back to its hometown roots on December 5, 2018. Previously held in New York City, the Thurber Prize is presented annually to one author of exceptional humor writing. This is the event of the year—don’t miss it!
The 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor
December 5, 2018
The Columbus Athenaeum
32 N. 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Individual tickets are $250 and include dinner. Valet parking will be available. Interested in sponsoring a table?
Contact Trish Mayhorn at 614-464-1032 x14. Questions about the event? Contact Anne Touvell at 614-464-1032 x10.
FEATURING THE 2018 THURBER PRIZE FINALISTS:
Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas
Jenny Allen’s musings range fluidly from the personal to the philosophical. One moment she’s flirting shamelessly (and unsuccessfully) with a younger man at a wedding; the next she’s stumbling upon X-rated images on her daughter’s computer. She ponders the connection between her ex-husband’s questions about the location of their silverware, and the divorce that came a year later. While undergoing chemotherapy, she experiments with being a "wig person." In her debut essay collection, the longtime humorist and performer declares no subject too sacred, no boundary impassable.
Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches
In 2016, John Hodgman's career as a bestselling author and contributor on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart didn’t seem as funny to him anymore. Realizing that he is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, he is wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts from his youth, the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him, and the haunted forest of middle age that connects them. Vacationland is a wildly funny yet poignant account of one human facing his forties, when men must settle into the failing bodies of the wise, weird dads that they are.
Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash." His daughter Patricia's childhood included an ill-fated family hunting trip, an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested, and a cultlike Catholic youth group. As an adult, she's an irreverent poet who long ago left the church’s country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, her past and present collide.
This red carpet event will feature the three Thurber Prize finalists reading from their nominated books. At the close of the event, the winner will be announced and presented with the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor. The emcee for the evening is John Kenney, the 2014 winner for his hilarious novel, Truth in Advertising. Don’t be edited out of this fantastical evening of literary nonsense. For a night of good friends, good fun, and award-winning humor, the Thurber Prize is the place to be!
HOST COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Jim & Barbie Tootle
2018 HOST COMMITTEE
Mike & Paige Crane
Bill & Marcia Evans
DeeDee & Herb Glimcher
Babette Gorman & Jack Buckingham
Mike Jones & Jody Croley Jones
Win & Roberta Logan
Katherine & Doug Matthews
Michael Stan & Sally Fingerett
Susan Tomasky &
Ronald J. Ungvarsky
Sandra & Paul Watkins