Origins of Leacock Medal-winning book traced to canvas tote bag
Despite the pandemic, the board of the Stephen Leacock Associates carried on its tradition of bestowing the coveted Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour when they announced that Heidi L. M. Jacobs won the 2020 medal for her novel Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear, published by NeWest Press.
The award of the medal is accompanied by a prize of $15,000.
The two runners-up, Amy Spurway (for her novel CROW, published by Goose Lane Editions) and Drew Hayden Taylor (for his play Cottagers and Indians, published by Talonbooks), each received a prize of $3,000.
Due to the pandemic, there was not a Gala Dinner this year. Instead, the authors' achievements will be celebrated next year.
The winner and one of the runners-up have written an essay about what it took to become a Leacock Medal contender.
To read Spurway's essay, published yesterday, click here. Today, is Jacobs' essay.
When I was small, my mum had a stylish canvas tote bag. It was square, smoky sage in colour, with brushed silver handles. It was covered in words in Herculanum font in that vague colour that sometimes gets called taupe.
I remember sitting on my parents’ bed, waiting for my mum to get ready for our afternoon of errands and this tote bag was sitting beside me.
I had just started to read and I read everything I could find to practice. I read the words on her tote bag aloud: “London Paris Milan Tokyo. London Paris Milan Tokyo. London ...
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