The authors on the shortlist for the Stephen Leacock Medal are no April Fools

As per their 60-plus-year tradition, the shortlist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour was revealed on April Fools' Day.

Awarded each year since 1947, the Leacock Medal celebrates contemporary Canadian writers who follow in the funny footsteps of Leacock himself.

This year's shortlist includes past Canada Reads-winning author Terry Fallis, who is up for his second nomination:

  • Up and Down by Terry Fallis
  • I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow by Jonathan Goldstein
  • Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman
  • Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks
  • Words to Live By by William Whitehead

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The prize itself is no joke: one of the above nominees will win $15,000, courtesy of the medal's sponsor, TD Bank Group. The winner will be announced on April 25.

In the meantime, why not listen to a few of the nominees discuss their books on CBC Radio? Terry Fallis chats with All in a Day about Up and Down. Here's Jonathan Goldstein on All in a Weekend. And Andrew Kaufman spoke with Shelagh Rogers back in February.

What do you think of the shortlist? What's the funniest book you've read lately? Tell us below in the comments!