$15K Leacock Medal for humour goes to debut novelist

Eston, Sask., writer Cassie Stocks has won the 2013 Leacock Medal for humour for her debut novel, Dance, Gladys, Dance, published by NeWest Press.

Saskatchewan-based writer Cassie Stocks wins for Dance, Gladys, Dance

Saskatchewan-based writer Cassie Stocks has won the 2013 Leacock Medal for humour for her debut novel, Dance, Gladys, Dance, published by NeWest Press.

Stocks was named winner of the $15,000 prize for Canadian humour on Thursday, beating four other writers including previous winner Terry Fallis.

Dance, Gladys, Dance is about a 27-year-old woman, a failure at life and love, who is inspired by the elderly Gladys, a ghost who once had a dream to become a dancer.

It also was nominated for the Saskatchewan Book Award for best first novel.

Her competition for this year's Leacock medal:

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

The Leacock Medal has been criticized for having so few female winners in its 76-year history, but Stocks hit the funny bone for this year's jury.

Edmonton-born Stocks was a winner of CBC Alberta Anthology Short Fiction contest and read her story on CBC Radio One. She now lives in Eston, Sask., and completed a writing degree  from MacEwan University in 2011.

The Leacock Medal is named for Orillia, Ont., humourist Stephen Leacock, author of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.