THURBER PRIZE
FOR AMERICAN HUMOR
1997-2001

 
The Thurber Prize for American, a national book award for humor writing, is a serious attempt to rectify the underappreciation of the importance of humor. The Prize is conferred upon the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humor writing published in the United States. Initiated in 1996, thirty-five years after the death of James Thurber, the Prize is designed to be the nation's highest recognition of the art of humor writing. The award includes a $5,000 prize for the author, a stauette for both author and publisher modeled on a Thurber drawing, and a nationwide media campaign. The award is made every two years. Quite appropriately the deadline for submitting books for award consideration is April Fool's Day in odd-numbered years. The winning authors and their books are shown in the following table. 

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2001 David Sedaris Me Talk Pretty One Day
1999 Editorial staff of The Onion One Dumb Century: 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source
1997 Ian Frazier Coyote v. Acme

 
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