Memoirist who wrote about priest dad wins Thurber prize
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman who wrote a memoir about having a married Roman Catholic priest for a father has won the country's top humor writing prize.
Patricia Lockwood, author of "Priestdaddy," received the Thurber Prize for American Humor last week in Columbus, Ohio.
The Thurber House literary center and museum awards the prize each year. The house is the boyhood home of humorist James Thurber.
Thurber House announces 2018 finalists for humor prize
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio-based nonprofit named for humorist James Thurber has announced the finalists for the country's top humor writing prize.
Thurber House, the boyhood home of Thurber, serves as a literary center and museum in Columbus.
Each year, it awards the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Comedian Trevor Noah won last year for "Born a Crime," his memoir about growing up in South Africa.
Kentucky teen featured on comedy podcast found shot to death
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teen who had been featured on a popular comedy podcast has been found shot to death.
The Fayette County Coroner's Office says 19-year-old Carl Garner Jr. became Lexington's second homicide victim of 2018 on Sunday.
CHICAGO -- There's a moment in John Hodgman's new book, "Vacationland," when we find the author and comedian at his cabin in the great disappearing emptiness that is the woods of Maine, impaled on a hook on a barn door.
For anyone who's ever sustained a serious injury -- when you realize that you're going to need immediate medical attention -- there's one thing you understand about such an instance: It's dead serious.
I am a straight white man, the hero of almost every story I had ever encountered, writes actor and humorist John Hodgman in his introduction to Vacationland a hilarious and irreverently sincere collection of personal essays. The idea that the world could continue without me was not only unimaginable, it was insulting.
IT TAKES A VILLA: Boston’s own Connie Britton’s having a pretty good year. Sure, her character was killed off on “Nashville,” but she stars in Friday’s big screen “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” and recently dropped $3.065 million on a 1920s Mediterranean villa in Los Angeles. The snaps on Variety confirm that it’s gorgeous, which for that price it should be. The manse includes a black-bottom swimming pool (so dramatic!), but thanks to a low wall and high hedge, it’s all but invisible from the street, which is how we like our villas.
It’s true, it’s true! John Hodgman is writing another book
NEW YORK (AP) — John Hodgman is tired of just making stuff up.
The author, actor and comedian has a deal with Viking for a book called "Vacationland," in which he writes of his physical journey to the coast of Maine and his spiritual journey of living through middle age. Viking told The Associated Press on Wednesday that "Vacationland" will be released this fall.
New ‘Prairie Home’ host Thile lines up Jack White as guest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The new host of "A Prairie Home Companion" has lined up musician Jack White and bassist Esperanza Spalding as among his first musical guests.
Mandolin ace Chris Thile (THEEL'ee) takes over next month as host of the popular public radio variety show.
Thile debuts as "Prairie Home" host Oct. 15 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with White and Lake Street Dive as musical guests.