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Tuesday
Oct062009

Ian Frazier Wins 2009 Thurber Prize for American Humor

L-R: Alan Zweibel, Ian Frazier, Sloane Crosley, Don Lee, & Laurie Notaro Ian Frazier won the 2009 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his book, Lamentations of the Father, it was announced last night. The annual prize is presented by Thurber House, the national literary center for writers and readers of author, humorist and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber.  Initiated in 1996, thirty-five years after the death of this key figure in the development of American humor, some claim the Thurber Prize is the nation's highest recognition for the art of humor writing.

Frazier is the author of nine books and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. His Coyote vs. Acme won the first Thurber Prize for American Humor in 1997.  Thurber Prize judge Katherine Mosby said, "Whether he is serving it up dry as a martini or wet as a snow cone in the face, [Frazier's] humor will not just make you laugh aloud, it will make you laugh until you snort and hiss, and gasp for air."

The three runners-up for the 2009 prize were Sloane Crosley for I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Don Lee for Wrack and Ruin and Laurie Notaro for The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germaphobia, and Laser Hair Removal.

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