May 03, 2017
By Michael Kramer
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.