Gary Barwin wins 2017 Leacock Medal

Gary Barwin, of Hamilton, Ontario, has won this year’s Stephen Leacock Medal for Canadian Humour and $15,000 prize for his acclaimed book, Yiddish for Pirates, published by Random House Canada.

The winner was announced by Nathan Taylor, president of awarding body the Stephen Leacock Associates, in front of an audience of around 190 at a 70th-anniversary gala dinner award ceremony near Orillia, Ontario.

Barwin’s family was there to see him receive the prestigious Medal. He becomes the 69th winner in the history of the long-running award because there was no winner in 1959.

Gary Barwin pic
Photo credit Adela Talbot.

Both other finalists, Amy Jones for We’re All in This Together, McClelland & Stewart, and Drew Hayden Taylor for Take Us to Your Chief And Other Stories, Douglas & McIntyre, received cash awards for achieving the shortlist.

A Canada-wide panel of readers and judges had narrowed 68 initial submissions to a form a longlist of 11 highly recommended works, with only three books eventually forming the shortlist.

Gary Barwin Yiddish for Pirates

More details to follow.