2018 Thurber Prize Winner Announced

As we recover from one family-focused holiday and are poised on the precipice of even more family time, it seems especially appropriate that Patrica Lockwood’s Priestdaddy was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor last night. Lockwood’s memoir of her move back, with husband in tow, to her childhood home in the rectory of her father-turned-priest is filled with humorous memories, embarrassing encounters, and candid self-reflection. This is Lockwood’s first foray into prose as she is a poet with two previous collections.

Runners up for the Thurber Prize included Jenny Allen’s Would Everybody Please Stop? Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas and John Hodgman’s Vacationland: True Stories from Painful BeachesIt seems the running theme among the winner and honorees is the ability to find humor among those closest to you and, most of all, yourself. Congrats Patrica Lockwood and all the finalists.

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