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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Gary Shteyngart Wins Wodehouse Prize

Posted by on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 4:19 PM

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?


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TVDinner 1
Snort. He may be an American now, BUT HE WAS BORN IN SOVIET RUSSIA!
Posted by TVDinner http:// on May 25, 2011 at 4:33 PM · Report this
The only American ever to win a prize... established in 2000.

Try not to just blindly regurgitate the press release, Paul.
Posted by robotslave on May 25, 2011 at 4:48 PM · Report this
Alicia 3
Shteyngart gave the funniest author reading ever at the Lake Forest Third Place back when Absurdistan was just out in hardcover. I've never seen a book reading crowd laugh like that before -- there were only about a dozen of them and they filled the store with sound.

He totally deserves this prize.
Posted by Alicia on May 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM · Report this
Canada has the Leacock Medal, the UK has the Bollinger Wodehouse Prize, does the US have an annual award for humorous literature?
Posted by Jesus saves but he ain't no Luongo on May 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM · Report this
what_now 5
@4 The Thurber.
Posted by what_now on May 26, 2011 at 9:49 AM · Report this

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