Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Books

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                 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,” ...

               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
                     January 25, 2013

                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 ...

           1956  Shall We Join the Ladies by Eric Nicol
              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 ...

             1957  The Grass is Never Greener by Robert Thomas Allen
             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 his downtown Toronto advertizing job ..........
           1958 Girdle me a Globe by by Eric Nicol
              March 22, 2013

                         ... 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.
           1960 Just add Water and Stir by Pierre Berton
              March 29, 2013

                         Like that of many Canadians, my last memory of Pierre Berton was his appearance on the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report in 2004. Berton, 84 at the time, was to pass away later that year.  He took part in the comedian’s TV program ostensibly to demonstrate how to roll a perfect marijuana joint ... 

           1961   Mice in the Beer by Norman Ward
             April 5, 2013
                              “The Gentle Art of Satire” is not an expression you hear or read too often.  Yet this is how Norman Ward’s writing skill was described by the publisher of his book Mice in the Beer ....

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