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Four women shortlisted for Leacock humour award

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FOUR Canadian female writers have made the short list for the annual Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, bucking a trend that, until recently, has seen mostly men being nominated and then winning the prestigious national award.

The Leacock medal is awarded annually for the best book of humour written in the previous year by a Canadian. It has been awarded since 1947 and has gone to the likes of Pierre Berton, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell and Stuart McLean. The last woman to win the award was Marsha Boulton in 1996 for Letters from the Country.

"The Stephen Leacock Associates are very happy to see that four of the five finalists are women," said president Michael Hill in a news release. Susan Juby's The Woefield Poultry Collective, Rupinder Gill's On the Outside Looking Indian, Shari Lapena's Happiness Economics and Robyn Michele Levy's Most of Me are all by Canadian female authors. Rounding out the list is Patrick deWitt for his book, The Sisters Brothers.

The winner will be revealed April 26 at the Mariposa Inn in Orillia, and wins $15,000.

-- Postmedia News

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2012 D2

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