Gary Barwin wins $15K Leacock Medal for Humour
Gary Barwin has won the 2017 Stephen Leacock Medal for his debut novel, Yiddish for Pirates. The $15,000 prize, given annually since 1947, recognises the best Canadian book of humour.
Yiddish for Pirates is narrated by a 500-year-old polyglot parrot who tells the tale of a young Jewish man escaping persecution by taking to the high seas with Christopher Columbus. The book was also nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.
The announcement was made at a gala near Orillia, Ont. on June 10, 2017.