Neal Pollack to Host Alternative Newsweekly Awards

Satirist Neal Pollack is scheduled to host the Alternative Newsweekly Awards ceremony at the AAN Annual Convention in Pittsburgh.

Pollack, 32, describes himself thusly in a recent issue of The Stranger: “Neal Pollack, the Greatest Living American Writer, is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, nonfiction, military and culinary history, and biographer of seven presidents. He is also the lover to hundreds of beautiful, mysterious women and several men. He lives in Austin, Texas.”

In addition to the above, he is an alumnus of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, as well as the Chicago Reader and Philadelphia Weekly. He writes for McSweeney’s and produces a daily Internet column called “Maelstrom” on his own site,

In 2000, Pollack published his first book, “The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature,” with McSweeney’s Books. This work was also produced as an spoken-word album by Bloodshot Records with musical embellishment by Mekons’ founder Jon Langford and others. Pollack’s second book, “Beneath The Axis Of Evil: One Man’s Journey Into The Horrors Of War,” a collection of his political satire, was published in January by a small Austin firm.

His third book, “Never Mind the Pollacks,” which will be published by Harper Collins this fall, is a satirical history of rock ‘n’ roll, the title a play on the only Sex Pistols album released before they disbanded, “Never Mind the Bollocks.”