Laugh it up

Every book group selection doesn’t have to be serious or depressing or controversial (i.e, an “Oprah” book).

I just stumbled upon a new award for literature and I’m finding some funny and discussable titles to consider for next year. The award is called the Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. The winner was announced on June 9 and it went to American author Gary Shteyngart for Super Sad True Love Story, a book that has been mentioned on this blog.

The Wodehouse Prize is Great Britain’s only prize for humorous fiction. It’s sponsored by Bollinger, producer of sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France. Champagne being that most humorous of beverages. Everyman, a division of Random House, is the co-sponsor for the award named after one of Britain’s greatest comic writers, P.G. Wodehouse.

Winners are announced at The Guardian Hay Festival and receive champagne, the collected works of P.G. Wodehouse and a pig named in their honor.

Something to laugh and talk about.

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Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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