LEACOCK SHORT LIST IS OUT FOR BEST HUMOUR WRITING

May 03, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Author Gary Barwin has been nominated for another literary honour – he’s on the short list for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

The Hamilton-based writer gets the nod for Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), which was a finalist last year for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Amy Jones – who was born in Halifax and is based in Thunder Bay – made the list for her debut novel We’re All in This Together (McClelland &  Stewart.)

Ojibway playwright, author and humorist Drew Hayden Taylor from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario was honoured for Take Us to Your Chief And Other Stories (Douglas & McIntyre).

The Leacock Medal is awarded every year – for the best book in Canadian literary humour.

The award comes with a $15,000 prize from TD Financial Group. The runners-up will each receive a cash prize of $1,500.

The winner will be announced on June 10th at a gala – at Geneva Park Conference Centre just outside of Orillia.

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