James McBride wins Thurber Prize for American Humor

James McBride — an award-winning author, musician and screenwriter — has won the 2022 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

McBride, whose 2020 novel “Deacon King Kong” was named one of the top 10 books of the year by the New York Times, was honored Friday evening at the Lincoln Theatre. He was one of the top three finalists, who also included authors Mike Birbiglia and Alexandra Petri, with all three in attendance at the event.

The Thurber Prize, this year honoring the best humor writing published in 2020, has been awarded since 1997 and annually, since 2004.

“James McBride is known for his wit but not for what one typically thinks of as hardcore comedy,” said Laurie Lathan, executive director of Thurber House. “So many folks thought that ‘Deacon King Kong’ was a marvelous book in general — then throw in the humor factor on top of that.”

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