Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

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The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour (usually the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, or just the Stephen Leacock Award) is an annual literary award presented to the best work of humorous literature in English by a Canadian writer.[1] The award is a tribute to well-known Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock (1869–1944), and is accompanied by a cash prize of $15,000 (CAD).[1] It is presented each year during a banquet ceremony in Leacock’s hometown of Orillia, Ontario.[1]

The Leacock Associates is the organising body behind the award, and was founded in 1946 by a loose group of Leacock’s friends and supporters.[1] Although administered and presented separately, in early years the award winners were announced as part of the Governor General's Awards announcements,[2][3][4] later moving to a separate announcement.

Each year the Associates’ board of directors appoints a panel of suitable judges from around the country, who select from submitted works a short list of five books. It is one of the oldest literary prizes in Canada, and is the only one awarded to a work of humour. The cash prize began in 1970, as a $2,500 award co-sponsored by Manulife Insurance and the Hudson's Bay Company. The following decades saw gradual increases in the amount of the prize under a number of donors, reaching its current value of $15,000 in 2009, sponsored by the TD Bank Financial Group.

In 1969 the Associates established a quarterly newsletter called The Newspacket to commemorate the centenary of the author’s birth. The publication prints excerpts from nominated books, and is itself a showcase for Canadian humour writing. In 1977 the group established a Student Award for Humour, which honours young writers from secondary and post-secondary levels.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1940s[edit]

Year Author Title Reference
1947 Harry L. Symons Ojibway Melody [2]
1948 Paul Hiebert Sarah Binks [5]
1949 Angeline Hango Truthfully Yours [3]

1950s[edit]

Year Author Title Reference
1950 Earle Birney Turvey [5]
1951 Eric Nicol The Roving I [5]
1952 Jan Hilliard The Salt Box [5]
1953 Lawrence Earl The Battle of Baltinglass [4]
1954 Joan Walker Pardon My Parka [5]
1955 Robertson Davies Leaven of Malice [5]
1956 Eric Nicol Shall We Join the Ladies? [5]
1957 Robert Thomas Allen The Grass Is Never Greener [5]
1958 Eric Nicol Girdle Me a Globe [5]
1959 No award given [5]

1960s[edit]

Year Author Title Reference
1960 Pierre Berton Just Add Water and Stir [5]
1961 Norman Ward Mice in the Beer [5]
1962 W. O. Mitchell Jake and the Kid [5]
1963 Donald Jack Three Cheers for Me [6]
1964 Harry J. Boyle Homebrew and Patches [5]
1965 Gregory Clark War Stories [5]
1966 George Bain Nursery Rhymes to be Read Aloud by Young Parents with Old Children [5]
1967 Richard J. Needham Needham's Inferno [5]
1968 Max Ferguson And Now...Here's Max [5]
1969 Stuart Trueman You're Only as Old as You Act [5]

1970s[edit]

Year Author Title Reference
1970 Farley Mowat The Boat Who Wouldn't Float [5]
1971 Robert Thomas Allen Wives, Children and Other Wild Life [5]
1972 Max Braithwaite The Night We Stole the Mountie's Car [5]
1973 Donald Bell Saturday Night at the Bagel Factory [5]
1974 Donald Jack That's Me in the Middle [6]
1975 Morley Torgov A Good Place to Come From [5]
1976 Harry J. Boyle The Luck of the Irish [5]
1977 Ray Guy That Far Greater Bay [5]
1978 Ernest Buckler Whirligig [7]
1979 Sondra Gotlieb True Confections [8]

1980s[edit]

Year Author Title Reference
1980 Donald Jack Me Bandie, You Cissie [6]
1981 Gary Lautens Take My Family...Please! [9]
1982 Mervyn J. Huston Gophers Don't Pay Taxes [10]
1983 Morley Torgov The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick [11]
Aislin Stretch Marks [11]
John Duffie Duffie's Unimportance of Being Earnest [11]
Allan Fotheringham Malice in Blunderland [11]
Stuart Trueman Don't Let Them Smell the Lobsters Cooking [11]
1984 Gary Lautens No Sex Please...We're Married [12]
Donald Jack Me Too [13]
Eric Nicol Canadide [13]
Paul Quarrington Home Game [13]
Leon Rooke Shakespeare's Dog [13]
Paul St. Pierre Smith and Other Events [13]
1985 Ted Allan Love Is a Long Shot [14]
Joan Finnigan Laughing All the Way Home [14]
John MacLachlan Gray Dazzled! [14]
Don Lemna A Visit from Mr. Lucifer [14]
Ted Stone Hailstorms and Hoop Snakes [14]
Armin Wiebe The Salvation of Yasch Siemens [14]
1986 Joey Slinger No Axe Too Small to Grind [15]
Charles Gordon The Governor General's Bunny Hop [16]
Sondra Gotlieb Wife Of... [16]
Ray Guy This Dear and Fine Country [16]
T. P. Millar Who's Afraid of Sigmund Freud [16]
Paul Quarrington The Life of Hope [16]
1987 W. P. Kinsella The Fencepost Chronicles [17]
Christie Blatchford Spectator Sports [17]
Allan Edmonds Living It Up and Down [17]
Allan Fotheringham Capitol Offenses [17]
Murray Malcolm Armchair Will: The Musings of a Man of Leisure [17]
Eric Nicol The U.S. or US? [17]
1988 Paul Quarrington King Leary [18]
Arthur Black Back to Black [18]
Lesley Choyce An Avalanche of Ocean [18]
Jack Hodgins The Honorary Patron [18]
Robin Skelton The Parrot Who Could [18]
1989 Joseph Kertes Winter Tulips [19]
Christie Blatchford Close Encounters [19]
Alison Gordon The Dead Pull Hitter [19]
David McFadden A Trip Around Lake Ontario [19]
Edward O. Phillips Hope Springs Eternal [19]
Kent Thompson Married Love [19]

1990s[edit]

Year Author Title Reference
1990 W. O. Mitchell According to Jake and the Kid [20]
Arthur Black That Old Black Magic [21]
Don Hunter Spinner's Inlet [21]
W. P. Kinsella The Miss Hobbema Pageant [21]
Susan Musgrave Great Musgrave [21]
Dan Needles Letters from Wingfield Farm [21]
Eric Nicol Dickens of the Mounted [21]
Paul Quarrington Whale Music [21]
Paul St. Pierre Chilcotin and Beyond [21]
Larry Zolf Scorpions for Sale [21]
1991 Howard White Writing in the Rain [22]
Maurice Henrie The Mandarin Syndrome [22]
Roy MacGregor Quantity Time [22]
W. O. Mitchell Roses Are Difficult Here [22]
Morley Torgov St. Fab's Day [22]
1992 Roch Carrier Prayers of a Very Wise Child [23]
Eliza Clark Miss You Like Crazy [23]
W. P. Kinsella Box Socials [23]
1993 John Levesque Waiting for Aquarius [24]
Margaret Atwood Good Bones [24]
Marni Jackson The Mother Zone [24]
Joey Slinger If It's a Jungle Out There, Why Do I Have to Mow the Lawn? [24]
1994 Bill Richardson Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast [25]
Arthur Black Black by Popular Demand [25]
Charles Gordon How Not to Be Too Bad [25]
Peter Gzowski Canadian Living [25]
W. O. Mitchell The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon [25]
1995 Josh Freed Fear of Frying and Other Fax of Life [26]
Aislin and Hubie Bauch Put Up or Shut Up [26]
Gail Anderson-Dargatz The Miss Hereford Stories [26]
Des Kennedy Wild About Gardening [26]
Susan Musgrave Musgrave Landing [26]
1996 Marsha Boulton Letters from the Country [27]
Allan Abel Flatbush Odyssey [27]
W. P. Kinsella The Winter Helen Dropped By [27]
Eve McBride Dandelions Help [27]
Bill Richardson Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast Pillow Book [27]
1997 Arthur Black Black in the Saddle Again [28]
David Eddie Chump Change [28]
Des Kennedy The Garden Club [28]
Bill Richardson Bachelor Brothers' Bedside Companion [28]
Miriam Toews Summer of My Amazing Luck [28]
1998 Mordecai Richler Barney's Version [29]
Paul Quarrington The Boy on the Back of the Turtle [29]
Sandra Shamas A Trilogy of Performances [29]
Carol Shields Larry's Party [29]
Antanas Sileika Buying on Time [29]
1999 Stuart McLean Home from the Vinyl Cafe [30]
Wayne Johnston The Colony of Unrequited Dreams [30]
Sean Kane Virtual Freedom [30]
Robert Kroetsch The Man from the Creeks [30]
Pete McCormack Understanding Ken [30]

2000s[edit]

Year Author Title Reference
2000 Arthur Black Black Tie and Tales [31]
Herb Curtis Luther Corhern's Salmon Camp Chronicles [31]
David Eddie Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad [31]
Gordon Kirkland Justice Is Blind - and Her Dog Just Peed in my Cornflakes [31]
Alan R. Wilson Before the Flood [31]
2001 Stuart McLean Vinyl Cafe Unplugged [32]
Linwood Barclay Last Resort [32]
Lynn Coady Play the Monster Blind [32]
Bob Collins Out Standing in their Field: The Rural Adventures of Hap & Edna [32]
Allan Stratton The Phoenix Lottery [32]
2002 Will Ferguson Generica [33]
David Arnason King Jerry [34]
Ian Ferguson and Will Ferguson How to Be a Canadian (Even If You Already Are One) [34]
Charles Gordon The Grim Pig [34]
Bill Richardson Waiting for Gertrude [34]
2003 Dan Needles With Axe and Flask: A History of Persephone Township From Pre-Cambrian Times to the Present [35]
Sondra Gotlieb Dogs, Houses, Gardens, Food and Other Addictions [36]
Ian McGillis A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry [36]
Robert G. Nielsen Athlete's Foot, or How I Failed at Sports [36]
Morley Torgov Stickler and Me [36]
2004 Ian Ferguson Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts [37]
Michel Basilières Black Bird [37]
George Bowering Stone Country [37]
Stuart McLean Vinyl Cafe Diaries [37]
Patricia Pearson Playing House [37]
2005 Will Ferguson Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw [38]
Arthur Black Black and White and Read All Over [39]
Bob Collins Summer of Wonder [39]
Susan Juby Miss Smithers [39]
Gordon Kirkland Never Stand Behind a Loaded Horse [39]
2006 Arthur Black Pitch Black [40]
Joe Campbell Take Me Out to the Ball Game [41]
Gordon Kirkland When My Mind Wanders It Brings Back Souvenirs [41]
Dan Needles Wingfield's Hope: More Letters from Wingfield Farm [41]
William Weintraub Crazy About Lili [41]
2007 Stuart McLean Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe [42]
Douglas Coupland jPod [43]
Des Kennedy The Passionate Gardener [43]
Ryan Knighton Cockeyed [43]
Neil McKinnon Tuckahoe Slidebottle [43]
2008 Terry Fallis The Best Laid Plans [44]
Douglas Coupland The Gum Thief [44]
Will Ferguson Spanish Fly [44]
Scott Gardiner King John of Canada [44]
Ron Wood And God Created Manyberries [44]
2009 Mark Leiren-Young Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo Country [45]
William Deverell Kill All the Judges [45]
Sheree Fitch Kiss the Joy as It Flies [45]
Jack MacLeod Uproar [45]
Charles Wilkins In the Land of Long Fingernails [45]

2010s[edit]

Year Author Title Reference
2010 Will Ferguson Beyond Belfast: A 560-Mile Walk Across Northern Ireland on Sore Feet [46]
Kathryn Borel Jr. Corked [47]
Glen Chilton The Curse of the Labrador Duck [47]
Bill Conall The Rock in the Water [47]
William Deverell Snow Job [47]
2011 Trevor Cole Practical Jean [48]
Todd Babiak Toby: A Man [48]
Terry Fallis The High Road [48]
David Rakoff Half Empty [48]
Steve Smith Red Green's How to Do Everything [48]
2012 Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers [49]
Rupinder Gill On the Outside Looking Indian [50]
Susan Juby The Woefield Poultry Collective [50]
Shari Lapeña Happiness Economics [50]
Robin Michele Levy Most of Me [50]
2013 Cassie Stocks Dance, Gladys, Dance [51]
Terry Fallis Up and Down [52]
Jonathan Goldstein I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow [52]
Andrew Kaufman Born Weird [52]
William Whitehead Words to Live By [52]
2014 Bill Conall The Promised Land [53]
Arthur Black Fifty Shades of Black [53]
Jane Christmas And Then There Were Nuns [53]
Wayne Johnston The Son of a Certain Woman [53]
Steve Smith Red Green's Beginner's Guide to Women [53]

References[edit]

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