Dave Chappelle to Be Awarded Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

By May 12, 2019 Literary Awards, News

American stand up comedian, actor, writer, and producer Dave Chappelle is set to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Chappelle, who’s well known for his sketch series Chappelle’s Show, his stand up comedy, and appearing in hit movies such as A Star is Born, will be awarded the prize at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 27.

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was founded in 1998 and has been held annually since then. It is awarded to those who have “had an impact on American society in ways similar to” the titular author. The award’s first winner was Richard Prior, and since then many notable humourists have been honoured, including the likes of George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy and David Letterman, with last year’s award going to Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement: “Dave is the embodiment of Mark Twain’s observation that ‘against the assault of humor, nothing can stand.’ For three decades, Dave has challenged us to see hot-button issues from his entirely original yet relatable perspective. Dave is a hometown hero here in Washington, D.C., where he grew up. We’re so looking forward to welcoming him back home.”

 

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Shortlist is Here

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Theakston Brewery sponsor the Old Peculier Crime Festival, which takes place in Harrogate every year. The festival comes along with a prize, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel and the 2019 shortlist for this prize has just been announced.

Theakston Old Peculier has been the title sponsor of the festival almost from the start back in 2006 and so the award is now in its thirteenth year. Crime remains one of the most popular literary genres, and so here are the six novels that have made the shortlist for 2019, giving you plenty to add to your TBR!

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Grazia UK and Women’s Prize for Fiction Announces Annual ‘First Chapter’ Competition

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Grazia UK has once again teamed up with the Women’s Prize for Fiction to host the annual First Chapter competition. This is the chance for female writers to kick-start their writing careers and to give their writing some exposure. Each year,  the compensation has a well known author write an opening paragraph of a story, and then it’s up to those who enter to write what happens next.

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The Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize Shortlist is Announced

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The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation was created to celebrate the love of adventure writing. Named after and supported by the author, Wilbur Smith. Wilbur and Niso have travelled together through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and in every country have found storytellers weaving tales of adventure.

The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, created in 2015 opens a space for these writers, reaches out to them, and awards an annual prize for adventure writing. The shortlist for the Best Published Novel in adventure writing for 2019 has been released and we have that for you now!

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The Winner of the Oscar’s Book Prize 2019 is Announced

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A few weeks ago we brought you the shortlist for Oscar’s Book Prize. The Prize is a literary award recognising excellence in children’s books for the under fives and this year is the sixth year for the award. The Oscar’s Book Prize was created in honour of Oscar Ashton who passed away in 2012 aged three and a half from an undetected heart condition and searches for stories that Oscar would have loved.

The prize has a royal patron in Princess Beatrice and it was she who awarded the winning author with the prize at a ceremony in the Mayfair Hotel in London this week. The prize is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust. Read More

Dave Chappelle to Be Awarded Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

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American stand up comedian, actor, writer, and producer Dave Chappelle is set to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Chappelle, who’s well known for his sketch series Chappelle’s Show, his stand up comedy, and appearing in hit movies such as A Star is Born, will be awarded the prize at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 27.

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