Oct 31, 2012
By Scott Walker
Author Will Ferguson is already the winner of three Stephen Leacock medals for humour.
Now he’ll have to make room on his mantle for another award: the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
The 48-year-old Calgary humourist won the 50-thousand-dollar prize for his novel 419 at a gala award ceremony in Toronto last night.
The novel is something of a departure for Ferguson, who is best known for his travel writing. It tells the story of a Canadian family becoming ensnared in a Nigerian email scam.
Ferguson was chosen over four other writers: Nancy Richler, Alix Ohlin, Kim Thuy, and Russell Wangersky.