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Eden Robinson, Rick Mercer & Lindsay Wong longlisted for 2019 Leacock Medal for humour

There are 10 books longlisted for the annual $15,000 prize, which recognizes the year's funniest book from a Canadian writer.
Books by (from left) Eden Robinson, Rick Mercer and Lindsay Wong are longlisted for the 2019 Leacock Medal for humour. (Laughing Red Works, John Sturge, CBC)

Eden Robinson, Rick Mercer and Lindsay Wong have been longlisted for the 2019 Leacock Medal for humour, an annual $15,000 prize that celebrates the year's funniest book from Canada.

The 2019 longlist is comprised of five novels, four nonfiction books and a graphic novel.

Robinson is nominated for her novel Trickster Drift, the second in her trilogy following an Indigenous teenage boy named Jared who tries to escape his magical lineage. 

Mercer is on the longlist for Final Reporta nonfiction book collecting rants and going behind-the-scenes of the writer's beloved CBC comedy show Rick Mercer Report.

Wong is recognized for her debut memoir The Woo-Wooa darkly comic book that describes the Vancouver-based writer's upbringing amidst family members who blamed their mental illnesses on ghosts and demons. The book was defended by Joe Zee on Canada Reads 2019.

The full longlist includes:

Three finalists will be selected from the longlist on May 6, following the winner announcement on June 8.

Jennifer Craig was last year's winner for her novel Gone to Pot, about a pot-growing grandmother.

Other past winners include Terry Fallis, Patrick deWitt, Cassie Stocks and Stuart McLean. 

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