2017 Thurber Prize Winner Announced

Last night, at the tail end of one of the least-funny days in recent U.S. history, Trevor Noah’s first book took home the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In her starred Booklist review review for Born a Crime Donna Seaman calls the Daily Show host’s voice “fresh and tonic” while landing jokes about growing up mixed-race under South African apartheid. In January, Noah won the ALA’s own Zora Neale Hurston Award for African-American literature.

Ken Pisani and Aaron Thier were named runners-up. Pisani’s novel, Amp’d, concerns a high-school teacher who loses an arm. Thier’s novel, Mr. Eternity, follows two college pals and an ancient mariner trapped in a dystopian future.



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