2018 THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR WINNER

 

The Thurber Prize for American Humor was awarded on December 5, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio during a spectacular evening of humor featuring the three top finalists.

 

2018 THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR WINNER

PATRICIA LOCKWOOD
Priestdaddy

 Image Credit: Grep Hoax

Image Credit: Grep Hoax

In Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy, Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." His daughter Patricia's childhood involved such memories as an ill-fated family hunting trip, an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested, and her involvement in 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. Lockwood pivots from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring the balance of a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.

As the winner of the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor, Patricia receives $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.

RUNNERS UP FOR THE 2018 THURBER PRIZE

 
JENNY ALLEN
Would Everybody Please Stop?
 Image Credit: David Welch

Image Credit: David Welch

JOHN HODGMAN
Vacationland
 Image Credit: Aaron Draplin

Image Credit: Aaron Draplin

 


JUDGES FOR THE 2018 THURBER PRIZE

Harrison Scott Key, winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize for his book, The World's Largest Man.

Mary Norris, 2016 Thurber Prize finalist for her book, You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

Laurie Notaro, 2009 Thurber Prize finalist for her book, The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death.

 
 

The Thurber Prize for American Humor is made possible by the Greater Columbus Arts Council
and an anonymous family fund of The Columbus Foundation.