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A gathering place for readers, writers, and Thurber enthusiasts of all ages.

Celebrating the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and continuing the legacy of James Thurber. Our programs include the Thurber Prize for American Humor, one of the highest recognitions of humor writing in the country; month-long residencies for writers of adult and children's literature; author readings; writing classes for children and adults; and a museum of James Thurber memorabilia. Thurber House is a unique national treasure.

Image Credit: Grep Hoax

Image Credit: Grep Hoax


On December 5, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio, guests were entertained during a spectacular evening of humor featuring the three 2018 Thurber Prize finalists. The event culminated with the announcement of Patricia Lockwood as the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor for her memoir, Priestdaddy. As the winner of the 2018 Thurber Prize, Patricia was awarded $5,000 and a commemorative plaque. Runners up were Jenny Allen for Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas and John Hodgman for Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. The host for the evening was John Kenney, the 2014 Thurber Prize winner for his hilarious book, Truth in Advertising.

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