Jennifer Craig wins 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

The B.C author's novel about a grandmother growing marijuana in her basement wins the $15,000 annual prize which recognizes the best in Canadian literary humour.
Jennifer Craig is the author of the humourous novel Gone to Pot. (Fred Rosenberg, Story Press)

Jennifer Craig's book about a pot-growing grandmother has won the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. The $15,000 prize, which annually recognizes the best in Canadian literary humour, was presented at a gala event in Orillia, Ont., on June 9, 2018.

Craig, a B.C.-based nurse-turned-novelist, won for her novel Gone to Pot, which is about a grandmother who turns to growing and selling marijuana in order to make financial ends meet after losing her job. Balancing her life as a doting grandmother, respected community member and drug dealer turns out to be trickier than expected.​

The other 2018 finalists included Scaachi Koul, nominated for her personal essay collection, One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matterabout growing up Canadian with South Asian heritage and Laurie Gelman for her novel Class Mom, which follows a year in the life of a mother who has to navigate school politics along with special requests to bring brownies to curriculum night.

Last year's winner was Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin. Other past winners include Terry Fallis, Patrick deWitt, Cassie Stocks and Stuart McLean. 


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