Windsor author Heidi Jacobs nominated for Leacock Medal for Humour

A book by a Windsor author is in the running to be named Canada's funniest of the year.

'Molly of the Mall' set in 1990s Edmonton

Heidi Jacobs is an author and librarian at the University of Windsor's Leddy Library. (Jolie Inthavong/Supplied)

A book by a Windsor author is in the running to be named Canada's funniest of the year. 

Heidi Jacobs' novel Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear is on the longlist for this year's Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

The medal is one of Canada's oldest literary prizes and honours the "best Canadian book of literary humour published in the previous year."

Molly of the Mall is set in early 1990s Edmonton, the city where Jacobs was born and raised. 

Molly of the Mall is published by Edmonton's NeWest Press. (Heidi Jacobs/Supplied)

"It's about a young woman who is an English major, and she's got a summer job at a very large shopping mall in Edmonton — which we've left nameless," she told Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre.

"It's basically about her trying to navigate the world she's finding herself in when she's sort of juxtaposing it with the world that she reads about."

Jacobs said she was humbled to be nominated for the medal, which comes with a $15,000 prize.

LISTEN | Heidi Jacobs speaks with Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre:

"This is a prize that I'd always been aware of, and, you know, Canadians are just really funny people — there's a great humour culture in Canada," Jacobs said. "So this is a really great honour to be on that list."

The Leacock Medal shortlist will be announced on May 1 and the winner will be revealed on June 5.


Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email


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