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No kidding: 'Long list' for Leacock Medal for Humour announced

The three finalists for the award will be named on May 21 and the coveted award will be handed out in Orillia on June 22
11 books announced as the Leacock Medal for Humour long list for 2024

The Stephen Leacock Associates are pleased to announce the 2024 long list for the annual Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

Celebrating 77 years since its inception, this annual award recognizes excellence in Canadian literary humour. Past winners have included Terry Fallis, Will Ferguson, W.O. Mitchell, Stuart McLean and Mordecai Richler.

President Daphne Mainprize thanks the national panel of judges for their recommendations with this “long list.” She also thanks the authors for their submissions, and commends them on the quality of their writing.

The three finalists for the award will be named on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, with the medal winner being announced on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the Leacock Medal Award Gala Dinner in Orillia.
The long list for the 2024 Leacock Medal (in alphabetical order by author surname) is:

Bow, Erin Simon Sort of Says Scholastic Canada
Bryan, Ali Coq Freehand Books
Craig-Whytack, Suzanne What Any Normal Person Would
Dark Winter Press
Craigie, Gregor Radio Jet Lag Cormorant Books
deWitt, Patrick The Librarianist House of Anansi Press
Mercer, Rick The Road Years: A Memoir, Continued... Doubleday Canada
Pagé, Lucie Lost Dogs Cormorant Books
Ping, William Hollow Bamboo HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Shelstad, Sam The Cobra and the Key TouchWood Editions
Vincent, Ron Life at the Precipice Self Published
Willis, Deborah Girlfriend on Mars Hamish Hamilton Canada

This year, there are eleven books on the list rather than the usual 10, because three books tied for 9th place.
Tickets for the Leacock Medal Gala Dinner, at which the winner will be announced, are available online.

Stephen Leacock Associates is looking for people who will help support our Canadian humour writers by joining the board or one of our committees.  Applicants from across Canada would be welcome, as meetings can be held in a hybrid in-person/on-line mode. If interested, please email [email protected] with a brief summary of the valuable  experience and skills that you can offer. Please note that this is a volunteer-run organization.

The Leacock Medal for Humour awards are generously sponsored by the Dunkley Charitable Foundation.  

For more information about the Leacock Medal and Stephen Leacock Associates, please visit the website.



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