Leacock Medal Shortlist Announced

By John Swartz

The Leacock Associates have announced the long list of books in the running for this year’s Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The panel of reader/judges couldn’t agree on the tenth book to make the list so there are 11. There were 84 books submitted for consideration.

The shortlist of three authors will be announced May 1 and the medal awarded June 5. Because of the situation regarding COVIMD-19, the award weekend festivities in June have been cancelled.  This includes the annual Student Humourous Essay Award. The shortlisted authors and winner will be invited to the 2021 award dinner to be formally recognized.

The award conceived by Charles H. Hale and first awarded in 1947. These are the authors and books making the shortlist:

Chapin, Sasha
All the Wrong Moves
Crawford, Mark The New Canadian Curling Club

Crewe, Lesley

Are You Kidding Me?!

Curran, Colleen

Out for Stars

Goodwin, Daniel

The Art of Being Lewis
Jacobs, Heidi L. M. Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear
Lamb, Jamie Christmas in Mariposa: Sketches of Canada’s Legendary Little Town
Reidel, Marion Cafe Conversations

Richardson, Bill

I Saw Three Ships

Spurway, Amy


Taylor, Drew Hayden

Cottagers and Indians

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