The Wodehouse Prize, which goes to humorous books of literary fiction, has been awarded to Gary Shteyngart for his novel Super Sad True Love Story. He is the first American ever to win the prize. U!S!A! U!S!A!
Shteyngart, of course, was the headliner for Verse Chapter Verse , The Stranger's books-and-music series, last year. Is his winning the Wodehouse Prize after taking part in Verse Chapter Verse merely a coincidence? Doubtful! This Saturday, China Miéville will be reading at Chop Suey as part of Verse Chapter Verse. The only question remaining is, which award will he win?