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A Novel Way to Write

English professor Julie Schumacher’s new novel “Dear Committee Members” won this year’s Thurber Prize for American Humor
December 9, 2015

Professor Julie Schumacher

A funny thing happened to Julie Schumacher on the way to writing her latest book. Starting out to see if one could build a novel solely from letters of recommendation, she ended up writing Dear Committee Members, which in September won the coveted Thurber Prize for American Humor.

“I don’t think of myself as a comic writer,” says Schumacher, a professor of English at the University of Minnesota. “To me, it’s a novel.” Nevertheless, “it was a total thrill, because a woman had never won a Thurber Prize.” She picked up the award at its announcement ceremony, in Caroline’s Comedy Club, New York City. Read more.