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Thurber Prize nominees announced

Ian Frazier and Sloane Crosley are on the list of contenders for the Thurber Prize for American Humour.

Ian Frazier and Sloane Crosley are on the list of contenders for the Thurber Prize for American Humour.

Frazier's Lamentations of the Father and Crosley's best-selling collection of essays I Was Told There'd Be Cake are among the finalists being considered for the award, organizers said Wednesday.

Frazier's collection of essays in Lamentations of the Father were gathered from the last 13 years and include quirky stories about the writer's life.

A writer and humorist for The New Yorker, Frazier was the first author to be awarded the Thurber Prize in 1997 for his collection of essays titled Coyote v. Acme.

I Was Told There'd Be Cake is another nominated collection of essays about Crosley's humorous experiences that include her secret obsessions growing up, exacting revenge and unpleasant weddings.

Also listed among the nominees:

  • Don Lee's Wrack and Ruin. The story follows the life of Lyndon Song, a sculptor turned brussels-sprouts farmer. The novel is known for its eccentric cast of characters, who include a Hong Kong kung-fu star and a stoned surfer.  
  • Laurie Notaro's The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death. The collection of essays looks at humorous situations, from panics on an airplane to living near an ex-con.

The Thurber Prize for American Humour, named after American humorist James Thurber, recognizes artists who contribute in humour writing.

The $5,000 US prize will be awarded in October.

With files from The Associated Press

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