|Not the title, not the cover|
Winners of Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour
1947- Ojibway Melody by Harry Symons
January 4, 2013
The inaugural winner of the Leacock Memorial Medal, Ojibway Melody, leaves you with the feel of a warm handshake, a cruise on sparkling waters, and a lazy summer at the cottage. It is, as its original liner notes suggest, a “happy book,” ... but it confused me at first.
1948 - Sarah Binks by Paul Hiebert
January 11, 2013
In a way, Paul Hiebert won the 1948 Leacock Medal for Humour for making fun of the Leacock Medal for Humour. The University of Manitoba Chemistry Professor’s medal-winning book Sarah Binks is a pretend biography that mocks all literary recognitions and is purposely tough on literary awards ...
1949 - Truthfully Yours by Angeline Hango
January 18, 2013
Angéline Rose Hango did not consider Truthfully Yours, the moving and poignant autobiographical review of her early life, to be a particularly funny or comedic book when it was published in 1948. She was surprised a year later to see it win an award for humour ...
1950 - Turvey by Earle Birney
Before the end of Eric Birney’s picaresque-style novel Turvey, some of the characters are horribly wounded and permanently maimed; others suffer from ravaging disease; some die. It is, after all, a war story ...
1951 The Roving I by Eric Nicol
February 1, 2013
When I was young, I would fantasize that some heavenly intercession might allow me to pass my high school French courses so that I could go off to study at the Sorbonne ...
1952 The Salt Box by Jan Hilliard
February 8, 2013
Jan Hilliard was not a prolific humour writer. In fact, her Leacock Medal winning work may be her only certifiable contribution to the genre. It was also her most personal work ...
1953 The Battle of Baltinglass by Lawrence Earl
February 15, 2013
As a whimsical story set in early 1950s rural Ireland, The Battle of Baltinglass, might not appear at first to have much relevance to the rapid-fire 21st century protests powered by Twitter trending, tipping-point politics, and viral ideas on the Internet. But it is a true story of a locally inspired political movement that eventually helped topple a national government ...
1954 Pardon My Parka by Joan Walker
February 22, 2013
There is a lot to commend in Pardon My Parka, the autobiographical story of war bride Joan Walker and her adventures as a newlywed struggling to get settled in 1940s Val D’Or, Quebec ... But ...
1955 Leaven of Malice by Robertson Davies
March 1, 2013
Robertson Davies and I have a lot in common. We both spent many years in the Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes region of Central Ontario. We both grew wiry, unreasonable beards. He was an erudite, imaginative writer skilled in many genres. I know how to type ...
March 8, 2013
I often liken Eric Nicol’s writing to chocolates. I find sweet pleasure in his sense of fun, his sometimes weird sense of humour, and his ability to look at the ordinary in unusual ways. His newspaper columns were always a treat ...
March 15, 2013
By the mid-1950s, Allen, born in 1911, could call himself
a fairly successful freelance “Magazine Writer,” certainly
by Canadian freelance-writing standards, causing him to dream about
breaking away from the routine of downtown Toronto advertizing ..........
March 22, 2013
It must have been a good year for Eric Nicol. By then, the humorist and writer was a well-established and popular newspaper columnist; he was firmly settled in his beloved Vancouver; he had the means to travel for many months at a time, and his new book, Girdle Me A Globe, had brought him a Leacock Medal for Humour for the third time in less than a decade.