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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:43 am
Of Wodehouse and Washington
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize was awarded to Geoff Dyer for Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi at this year’s Hay Festival. The Wodehouse is the UK’s only literary award for comic writing. The winner receives champagne, 52 volumes of the Everyman Wodehouse edition, and a pig is named after the winning book. Ha.

Meanwhile, Annette Gordon-Reed continues to rake in money and accolades for The Hemingses of Monticello, this time receiving the $50,000 Washington Book Prize. Although it seemed to be a done deal after the Pulitzer win, she still had to wait until May 28th to hear the final results. But the importance of the moment was not lost on her. In an interview with The Washington Post, she called winning “surreal” and the response to her book “unprecedented”.


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