March 23, 2018

Christopher Buckley Awarded Thurber Prize

By LJ Staff

Christopher Buckley on November 15 snagged the 2004 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his novel No Way to Treat a First Lady (Random). Presented appropriately at New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel, James Thurber’s former residence and watering hole, the event marked the return of the prize, which had been on a three-year hiatus, the last winner being David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day (Little, Brown) in 2001. Selected from a total of 55 entries, Buckley bested shortlisters Dan Zevin’s The Day I Turned Cool (Villard) and Robert Kaplow’s Me and Orson Welles (MacAdam/Cage) to take the $5000 purse. "Hilarious and rich," declared judge Andrew Hudgins of Buckley’s comic novel, which focuses on the farcical trial of First Lady Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, who dispatches her two-timing commander-in-chief husband with the White House’s Paul Revere spittoon.