Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Larry Doyle wins the 2008 'Thurber Prize for American Humor'

"Bart, with $10,000 we’d be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful things like…love!"(Homer Simpson)

Homer would be proud of his former writer and producer Larry Doyle from The Simpsons (seasons nine through twelve - 1997-2001). By winning the 2008 'Thurber Prize for American Humor' for his book I Love You Beth Cooper, Doyle is half way there, receiving the $5,000 prize.

Thurber House presented Larry Doyle, with the prize at the Algonquin Hotel, New York on October 6. The annual prize is presented by Thurber House, the national literary center for writers and readers, based in the boyhood home of author, humorist and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber in Columbus, Ohio. Robert Kaplow, was a judge for this year’s Prize.

Doyle is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and has a monthly column in Esquire magazine. 'I Love You, Beth Cooper' is his first novel, and will soon be adapted for a big-screen film starring Hayden Panettiere and Paul Rust. The novel is loosely based on Doyle's teen years in suburban Chicago.

In a comment from a review on Harper Collins website, Tom Perrotta says, "it feels like an instant classic, right up there with end of school landmarks like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused."

About The Thurber Prize:
The prize is named after American humorist James Thurber and recognizes outstanding contributions in humour writing. The prize is given out by the Thurber House. It was first awarded irregularly, but since 2004 has been bestowed annually. The 2008 'Thurber Prize for American Humor' is conferred upon the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humour writing published in the United States between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007. Initiated in 1996, it is the nation’s highest recognition of the art of humour writing. The award includes a $5,000 prize and a commemorative crystal plaque for the winning author.

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