Patrick deWitt is the recipient of some new bling, in the form of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.
This is the third Canadian award win for deWitt’s novel The Sisters Brothers (House of Anansi Press). The dark Western has already received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Literary Award.
The other shortlisted titles were:
- Rupinder Gill, On the Outside, Looking Indian: How My Second Childhood Changed My Life (McClelland & Stewart)
- Susan Juby, The Woefield Poultry Collective (HarperCollins Canada)
- Shari LapeÃ±a, Happiness Economics (Brindle & Glass)
- Robyn Michele Levy, Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown (Greystone Books)
The $15,000 prize will be awarded to deWitt at a gala dinner on June 12 in Orillia, Ontario.