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Humorists to Officiate at the Leacock Gala Dinner

Ian FergusonWe are pleased to welcome back Ian Ferguson as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening at the Gala Dinner on June 8.  Ian is an author and journalist who won the Leacock Medal in 2004 for his book Village of the Small Houses, and who was our MC last year.  He kept us all in stitches both that evening and at the "Meet the Authors" supper the previous evening.

 

In addition, former Mayor of Mariposa Dan Needles (after many years of amusing us with his dissertations on life in Mariposa) has passed on his chain of office to Drew Hayden Taylor, a runner-up for the medal in 2017 with his book Take Us To Your Chief And Other Stories.  His recent play Cottagers and Indians has met with much success.  To honour his First Nation roots, Drew will hold the title of Grand Chief of Mariposa.

We extend a warm welcome to both of them, and look forward to the humorous insights they are sure to provide during our festivities.

April 13, 2019


Tickets Now Available for Leacock Medal for Humour Dinner

Stephen Leacock Associates announces that tickets for the events of the Gala Weekend on June 7 and 8 are now available.

The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour has been awarded annually to the best Canadian book of humour since 1947. This year the winner will be announced and the medal will be awarded to one of the three short-listed finalists at our Gala Dinner on June 8, 2019. The event will be held at the Best Western Mariposa Inn, 400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia, starting at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $75.

As a precursor to this event, you are also invited to attend a “Meet the Authors” evening on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., also at the Mariposa Inn. The cost is $20 and includes appetizers.

Tickets for both these events are available at the Leacock Museum in Orillia. Phone 705-329-1908 or email jmartynyshyn@orillia.ca to make reservations. All tickets must be paid for in advance by cash or cheque only. Physical tickets are available for pickup at the museum, or can be picked up at each of the events if ordered and paid for in advance.

For more information, please see the Stephen Leacock Associates web site at https://leacock.ca/gala.php.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of Stephen Leacock Associates and helping to administer the Leacock Medal for Humour can subscribe on-line at https://leacock.ca/appform.php.

April 6, 2019


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March 1, 2019


2019 Leacock Medal: Full list of submissions available

Submissions for the 2019 Leacock Medal are now officially closed.  The list of this year's books submitted can be found here.  

January 8, 2019


Student Competition on Hiatus

Stephen Leacock Associates announces that the student humorous essay competition has been put on hold for 2019, pending its restructuring.  Over the next year, we will be looking at ways of reaching more students across Ontario by whatever methods are most appropriate, and at the timing of submission deadlines, judging, award announcements and award presentations.

October 24, 2018


AGM will be held on November 4, 2018

The board of Stephen Leacock Associates will hold its annual general meeting Nov. 4 at Swanmore Hall, on the Leacock Museum grounds.

For more than 70 years, the Leacock Associates have awarded the annual Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, along with a $15,000 cash prize, for the best Canadian book of humour. It is the only national award of its kind in Canada.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the annual general meeting, the public session of which will commence at 3 p.m.

For more information on the Leacock Associates, check out the leacock.ca website and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

October 15, 2018


Submissions for the 2019 Medal are now being accepted

For details on how to enter a book for the 2019 Leacock Medal, please see our Leacock Medal submissions page.

September 1, 2018


Leacock Museum to present Leacock Summer Festival

Leacock MuseumThe Leacock Museum will be offering a series of exciting book and poetry readings, workshops and story-telling events during their summer festival from Wednesday, July 18th to Sunday, July 22nd.

See the schedule of events, the lineup of the authors/artists who are offering their services, ideas and guidance to participants, and their bios.

Tickets are available directly from the Leacock Museum. 

Contact Jen Martynyshyn at jmartynyshyn@orillia.ca or 705-329-1908.

July 5, 2018


Jennifer Craig wins the 2018 Leacock Medal

Congratulations to Jennifer Craig of Nelson, BC, for winning the 2018 Leacock Medal for her excellent humorous novel, Gone to Pot, published by Second Story Press.

                  Jennifer Craig, author of 'Gone to Pot,' published by Second Story Press
                                  Photo credit: Fred Rosenberg

Jennifer was unable to attend the Gala Dinner, but her daughter Juliet accepted the medal on her behalf.  Juliet's acceptance speech was recorded and is here on YouTube.

June 9, 2018


2018 Student Humorous Essay Winners announced

First Prize: Atara Juroviesky for “G.R.A.M.M.A.R.”
Tiferes Bais Yaakov School, North York 

Second Prize: Sydney Force for “McMission Impossible”
College Avenue Secondary School, Woodstock 

Third Prize: Naama Weingarten for “The Zoo”
Stephen Lewis Secondary School, Thornhill

The prizes are: First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $700, Third Prize $300.

See the full announcement here.

May 15, 2018

Updated June 14, 2018:   When we asked Atara Juroviesky what she thought of her experience winning and receiving the prestigious Student Humorous Essay Prize, she replied, "The writing community is so open and friendly to anyone who is willing to walk in. We were all shown nothing but kindness, talent, and some good laughs"


2018 Leacock Medal Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Leacock Medal is (in alphabetical order by author surname) :
Jennifer Craig for
   Gone to Pot, Second Story Press.
Laurie Gelman for
   Class Mom, Henry Holt & Co (Raincoast Books).
Scaachi Koul for
   One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Doubleday Canada.

Read the full announcement here.

2018 Leacock Medal Shortlist

May 2, 2018


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