Cassie Stocks wins 2013 Leacock Medal and TD Bank Financial Group $15,000 prize

Cassie Stocks, winner of the 2013 Leacock Memorial Medal for humour writing.
Cassie Stocks, author of Dance, Gladys, Dance and winner of the 2013 Leacock Memorial Medal for humour writing.

Dance, Gladys, Dance cover

The Leacock Associates congratulates Cassie Stocks on winning the 2013 Leacock Memorial Medal for humour — the Leacock Medal, for short — and a $15,000 cash prize from the TD Bank Financial Group for her debut novel, Dance, Gladys, Dance, published by NeWest Press: http://www.newestpress.com/books/dance-gladys-dance

Cassie’s win will be celebrated at the annual Leacock gala dinner, June 8 at Geneva Conference Centre just outside Orillia, Ontario. Ticket information to follow.

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Q&A

Marci J. Catania’s Qs & A with Cassie: (http://serendipitous-readings.com/q-and-a-with-author-cassie-stocks-of-dance-gladys-dance/)

Cassie Stocks was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She’s been a biker chick, a university student, an actress, and a rich man’s gardener; she’s worked as a waitress, an office clerk, an aircraft cleaner, has raised chickens, and once upon a time, was even the caretaker of a hydroponic pot factory.

In 2002, she was accepted to the Writing With Style Workshop at the Banff Centre, where she received support and encouragement from Sharon Butala and the late Gloria Sawai. Upon her return to Edmonton, she quit her job at a steel fabrication plant and applied to the MacEwan Applied Communications Degree in Professional Writing Program.

Cassie was a winner in the CBC Alberta Anthology Short Fiction contest and a student writer for the Edmonton Voices portion of the Canadian Authors Series. Her short story “The Painter” aired on CBC Radio One. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional Writing Degree with Distinction from MacEwan University in 2011.

Cassie currently lives in Eston, SK, with her son Julian. Dance, Gladys, Dance is her first novel.

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