Giller finalist Gary Barwin makes short list for Leacock Medal for Humour
ORILLIA, ONT. — Gary Barwin has made the short list for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.
The Hamilton-based author was recognized for “Yiddish for Pirates,” which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize last year.
Halifax-born, Thunder Bay, Ont.-based Amy Jones made the short list for her debut novel “We’re All in This Together.”
Ojibway playwright, author and humorist Drew Hayden Taylor from the Curve Lake First Nations in central Ontario was honoured for “Take Us to Your Chief And Other Stories.”
The Leacock Medal is awarded annually for the best book in Canadian literary humour, and is accompanied by a $15,000 prize from TD Bank Financial Group. The runners-up will each receive $3,000.
The winner will be announced on June 10 at a gala held at Geneva Park Conference Centre just outside of Orillia, Ont.