Saskatchewan author Cassie Stocks has won the $15,000 Stephen Leacock Award for Canadian humour writing for her debut novel, Dance, Gladys, Dance, it was announced on Thursday. The book is published by NeWest Press, and is also nominated for the Saskatchewan Book Award for best first novel.
Dance, Gladys, Dance
is the story of Frieda Zweig, a 27-year-old painter who has given up on her art and feels at a standstill in her life. But things change when she meets Gladys, the ghost of an elderly woman who once dreamed of being a dancer.
Earlier in the week, Stocks talked to Craig Lederhouse, host of CBC Saskatchewan's The Afternoon Edition, about her inspiration for the novel and her reaction when she first found out that she was on the shortlist.
You can listen to that interview in the audio player below: