Thurber House Literary Center revealed the semifinalists for the annual Thurber Prize for American Humor, which is awarded annually to a comic book.
We are pleased to announce the semifinalists for The 21st Thurber Prize for American #Humour, awarded on 22-04-22! †
— Thurber House (@ThurberHouse) February 7, 2022
James McBride made the longlist for Deacon King Konghis 2020 novel, was the winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Gotham Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize.
Washington Post writer Alexandra Petri was named semifinalist for her collection of political columns, There’s nothing wrong and here’s whyand comedian Mike Birbiglia made the list for his parenting memoirs, The New: Painfully True Stories of a Reluctant Father†
MO Walsh was nominated for The Big Door Prize† the novel becomes amended in an Apple TV+ series starring Chris O’Dowd and Djouliet Amara.
Laura Pedersen’s essay collection A theory of everything else made the longlist, along with Shannon Reed’s Why did I get a B?: and other mysteries we discuss in the Faculty Lounge†
The Thurber Prize was first awarded in 1997 to Ian Frazier’s Coyote v. Acme† Past winners have included David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One DayLarry Doyle’s I love you Beth CooperPatricia Lockwood’s priest daddyand Damon Young’s What doesn’t kill you makes you blacker†
This year’s winner will be announced April 22 at a ceremony in Columbus, Ohio.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.