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Three authors shortlisted for Leacock Medal

The judges chose from 77 books that were submitted this year

The president and board of directors of Stephen Leacock Associates are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

In the running for the medal and $15,000 prize are, in alphabetical order by author surname: 

  • Joseph Kertes, Last Impressions (Penguin Random House) 
  • Thomas King, Indians on Vacation (HarperCollins Publishers) 
  • Morgan Murray, Dirty Birds (Breakwater Books).

“The panel of judges from across the country has selected three finalists from the 77 books that were submitted this year for the Leacock Medal for Humour,” said Leacock Associates president Michael Hill. “After evaluating all the books submitted, these three  were deemed to be of high literary quality and the most humorous to be submitted. These books - from a former Leacock medal winner, an RBC Taylor prize winner and a first-time novelist - are worthy of national pride!”

The winner will be announced on Friday, June 4, 2021, by press release and social media. The usual gala dinner has had to be cancelled yet again owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shortlisted authors will be invited to the Gala Weekend festivities in 2022, where they will join the shortlisted authors from 2020 and 2022.

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